Packers Have Task at Hand as They Face Cardinals
The Green Bay Packers have clinched a playoff spot, but they can do even better by capturing the NFC North. They can get one step closer to that if they can emerge victorious in their game against the Arizona Cardinals, which is set to begin on Sunday afternoon at 4:25 PM ET at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Vietbet patrons who are looking for fast and furious action are invited to place their wagers during the game itself, through the magic of Live Betting Extra.
In the pro football betting betting odds posted on this game by the people at Vietbet, the Cards are the favorites:
Arizona Cardinals -4.5
Green Bay Packers +4.5
Over 50 points -110
Under 50 points -110
The Packers are 10-4 straight-up and 9-5 ATS, and they currently hold a one-game lead over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. And even though they have three straight victories, that doesn’t mean they have been all that sensational. They have to bring their “A” game to the table to deal with this Arizona team that is highly motivated to stay alive in the battle for the #1 seed in the NFC. Of course, for them to really have a chance, the Carolina Panthers would have to taste defeat.
The Cardinals have scored 445 points this year, which is a franchise record. The offense has a real “plug and play” quality to it, as was illustrated by last week’s 40-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, when they got a big game out of rookie David Johnson, who had 187 yards on the ground and three touchdowns, as he was compensating for the injury loss of Chris Johnson, who was having such a good comeback season.
The other thing for the Cardinals is that if they lose this game, they could find themselves in a position where they would have to beat Seattle in the season finale to avoid the possibility of being relegated to the wild card round. They have averaged 40 yards and 2.68 points per drive, and those are the top figures in the league. Arizona has been limiting to a three-and-out only 13.7% of the time, which is best in the league.
But the Cards got hit by the injury bug in the Philadelphia game. Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, who made perhaps the top tandem in the league with Patrick Peterson, tore his ACL and will be lost to the team for the remainder of the season. And as Vietbet patrons saw, Carson Palmer injured his right index finger on a pass play, and the NBC cameras showed that it had swelled up. He led the team on a touchdown drive after that, and even though it appeared on the surface like it might be a problem, he insists that it won’t be.
Palmer is obviously very important to Arizona’s formula, as he is having a season that would put him on a short list of candidates for the Most Valuable Player award, along with Tom Brady and Cam Newton. He has thrown 32 touchdown passes and has averaged 8.8 yards an attempt, and most football betting observers could see that when he went down last year, the Cards were severely diminished offensively.
Aaron Rodgers, last year’s MVP, has been efficient, to be sure, with 29 TD’s and just six interceptions, but his yardage figures aren’t quite what they had been in the past, as he is almost 1000 yards below that of Palmer. Eddie Lacy needs to shine here; he has averaged 4.1 ypc but the Cards have limited opposing backs to just 3.9 yards a carry.
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Written By Charles Jay