Week 9 Preview: Cardinals-Packers
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Posted Nov 4, 2012


We have everything you need to know about Sunday's game at Lambeau Field, from streaks, stats and notes to our fearless prediction.

ARIZONA (4-4) at GREEN BAY (5-3)

KICKOFF: Sunday, noon. TV: Fox.

OPENING LINE: Green Bay by 10 1/2.

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Arizona 3-5; Green Bay 3-5.

SERIES RECORD: Green Bay leads 44-23-4.

AP PRO32 RANKING: Cardinals No. 20; Packers No. 6.

LAST MEETING: Cardinals beat Packers 51-45 OT, Jan. 10, 2010.

LAST WEEK: Cardinals lost to 49ers 24-3; Packers beat Jaguars 24-15.

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Green Bay and Arizona share NFL lead for sacks with 26 each. Clay Matthews second in league with nine while Daryl Washington is third with eight. ... Green Bay averaging 30.2 points over last five games after scoring total of 57 in first three games. ... Arizona allowed more than 21 points for first time this season in Monday night's 24-3 loss to San Francisco. ... Arizona has allowed only 14 touchdowns this year. ... Arizona WR Early Doucet's only multiple-touchdown game came against Green Bay in 2009 wild card playoff. Doucet finished that game, teams' last meeting, with six receptions for 77 yards. ... Arizona WR Andre Roberts has had career-high seven receptions in each of last two games. ... Packers are only team to have three wide receivers with 35-plus receptions: Randall Cobb (42); Jordy Nelson (40); and James Jones (36). ... Arizona TE Rob Housler has had two-plus receptions in six straight games. ... Green Bay has seven turnovers this year, one more than NFL leaders Houston and Pittsburgh. ... Packers have won last six games between teams at Lambeau Field. ... Packers and Cardinals first played in 1921, making it NFL's second-oldest continuing rivalry. Cardinals and Bears began playing in 1920. ... Green Bay has won 22 of last 24 regular-season games at home.

INJURY REPORTS: PACKERS — Out: DB Charles Woodson (collarbone), FB John Kuhn (hamstring), CB Sam Shields (ankle), OLB Nick Perry (knee/wrist); WR Greg Jennings (abdomen); DE Jerel Worthy (concussion). Questionable: S Jerron McMillian (back); WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring). Probable: QB Aaron Rodgers (calf); G T.J. Lang (elbow/wrist); WR Donald Driver (neck/thumb); TE Jermichael Finley (shoulder); NT B.J. Raji (ankle); DE Mike Neal (ankle). CARDINALS: Out: QB Kevin Kolb (ribs); G Adam Snyder. Questionable: TE Todd Heap (knee); FS Kerry Rhodes (back); CB Greg Toler (hamstring). Probable: T D’Anthony Batiste (toe); DT Darnell Dockett (hamstring); TE Jim Dray (knee); CB Jamell Fleming (back); LS Mike Leach (back); FB Anthony Sherman (knee).

PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (6-2): Green Bay’s offense faces a big challenge against Arizona’s pass rush and secondary. That’s especially true if the Packers play it safe with Jordy Nelson (hamstring). Nonetheless, this is a game the Packers should win with their defense. Arizona quarterback John Skelton isn’t nearly experienced or good enough to overcome the worst offensive tackle duo the league has seen in years in right tackle Bobby Massie and left tackle D’Anthony Batiste. They’ve combined to allow a stunning 25 sacks. And it’s not like Skelton can lean on the running game with Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams on injured reserve. During a four-game losing streak, the Cardinals have scored just 36 points. The Cardinals’ only chance is a big play or two by cornerback/returner Patrick Peterson and a big day by Larry Fitzgerald. Packers 20, Cardinals 10.




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