Betting on the Arizona Cardinals vs Green Bay Packers Total

Written by on January 13, 2016

This Saturday night, the Green Bay Packers will square off in the desert with the Arizona Cardinals in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. The Packers (11-6) advanced from the wild card round with a 35-18 rout of the Washington Redskins, while the Cardinals awaited the Pack with a bye, courtesy of holding the #2 seed in the NFC. Arizona is favored to win by seven points, and the over/under total is 50 for this game.

Betting on the Cardinals vs Packers Game

Just about three weeks ago, these two teams met on this same field in Week 16. The Cardinals utterly destroyed Green Bay 38-8, sacking Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers eight times and knocking him down a dozen more. They took the ball away four times, holding the Pack to 178 offensive yards. The Packers continued to look less than exciting in their Week 17 loss to the Vikings at Lambeau Field — and in the first half of their wild card victory in Washington. However, the switch flipped at halftime. James Starks and Eddie Lacy rumbled for a total of 116 yards and Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes as the Packers took the second half in a cake walk. The Cardinals, though, have finished an impressive run that took them to an NFC West title. Quarterback Carson Palmer threw for a career-best 4,671 yards with 35 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions for a season passer rating of 104.6. The Cards put 30.6 points on the board per game, good for the second highest offense in the NFL. John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald each gained more than 1,000 receiving yards, and Michael Floyd almost hit that milestone too.
Arizona's quarterback has had the best season in his career yet.
The Cardinals ranked #5 in the NFL in total defense.
The Cardinals also ranked #5 in the NFL in total defense, #7 in points permitted per game, #8 against the pass and #6 against the run, keeping opponents to just 35.7 percent on third down conversions and taking the ball away 33 times. The Packers are a tough team ever to count out. The second halves of their games in Detroit, at home against Minnesota and against Washington show that Aaron Rodgers can lead his team to victory almost any time he wants to.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Cardinals are just too strong for the Packers. Coming back against an iffy Redskins defense is a completely different accomplishment. I like the Cardinals to win, 31-17.