NFC Game Of The Week
Packers (10-4) at Cardinals (12-2)
Packers: Mike McCarthy calling the plays again for the Packers offense is the best thing that could’ve happened for this team especially during this part of the season. What I’ve noticed since the change was made is that they are committed to running the football once again and having balance on offense. As great of a player that Aaron Rodgers is, he can’t throw the football 45-50 times a game meaning he can’t do it all. They’re back in the playoffs once again for the seventh straight season, that’s remarkable and their season has been a very interesting one. They started 6-0 and then dropped three straight games including a rare loss at home to the Detroit Lions. Despite that, the Packers are still 10-4 and are closing in on the NFC North once again. This is their second straight road game. It was Oakland last week and it’s the high-flying Cardinals this Sunday.
Cardinals: I present to you the 2015 NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals. At the beginning of the season, this division was gift-wrapped and handed to the Seattle Seahawks because of the move they made to get Jimmy Graham. It didn’t quite work out like that. On Sunday night, they showed everybody that they can play anywhere and dominate the game. This is one team that I see beating Carolina if they were to meet in the playoffs. When guys get injured, others step up and this team just doesn’t seem to miss a single beat which really impresses me. The defense did take a big hit. Tyrann Mathieu is done for the year after tearing his ACL in Philly. This is a guy that did everything for this unit. He blitzed, cover slot receivers, tight ends, attacked the line of scrimmage and so much more. The Cardinals defense will have to be on it with Rodgers and company coming to town.
Prediction: This is hands down the best game of the week 16 schedule and we could potentially see them meet up once again in January for a playoff match up. I see Rodgers attacking Arizona’s secondary early on especially since Mathieu is out. The Packers front seven will also be key, they must step up and disrupt Carson Palmer. For the Cardinals, establish the tempo in your favor and great things will happen. I like the Cardinals in this one. Cards 38 Pack 34