Betting on the Green Bay Packers vs Arizona Cardinals ATS
This Saturday night, the Green Bay Packers head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals in a divisional round playoff game. The Cardinals (13-3) are favored to win the game by a touchdown, and the over/under total for this game is 50 points. This is a rematch of Week 16 of the regular season, when the Cardinals rolled over the Packers (11-6) 38-8. Click here to view our NFL betting lines.
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Why should you bet on the Cardinals (-7)?
While Aaron Rodgers did look much more like his old self against the Washington Redskins in the wild card game, the Cardinals are an opponent of a completely different caliber. Rodgers got knocked down a total of 20 times in the game (including eight sacks). While Arizona might not get four more takeaways, they won’t need to to cover this spread. The Packers were only able to pick up 178 offensive yards on the day, and there is no sign — especially given the patchwork offensive line that injuries have made a necessity for this team — that the Cardinals will have any less success in the divisional round as far as disrupting the Packer offense.
Why should you bet on Green Bay (+7)?
Much of the year, the Packers have not played like what we have come to expect in the Aaron Rodgers era. They lost all three of their home division games — but then they beat all three division opponents on the road. What we can take away from this is that the Packers are at their very best when their backs are absolutely against the wall. Against Washington, the Packers also found rejuvenation in their running game, as James Starks and Eddie Lacy found holes to run through — that patchwork O-line working together and creating space. This is crunch time for the Packers, which means that they are much more likely to make this a competitive game, covering the spread even if they can’t win.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Cardinals have rested their injured players and will be fresh for this Saturday night affair. They are smarting from that Week 17 smackdown by the Seahawks and will be ready to make a statement. This won’t be a blowout like the one in Week 16, but I still like the Cardinals to win and cover, 31-17.