Green Bay at Arizona NFL Betting Game Preview

Posted by Aaron . on December 26, 2015 in

The Arizona Cardinals (12-2) host the Green Bay Packers (10-4) in a likely NFL betting preview of a clash in the NFC this postseason. The game kicks off at 4:25pm Eastern time on Sunday afternoon. The Cards are four-point favorites, and the over/under total is 49.5 points.

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Why should you take the Cardinals (-4)?

The Cards are already looking at a bye in the first round but view this as a test for their playoff aspirations. The Cardinal offense has been humming this year, averaging 31.8 points per game, and the defense has given them a +10 turnover ratio. Carson Palmer has completed 64.5 percent of his passes, throwing 32 touchdown passes against just nine picks. The defense only permits 19.2 points per game, and even without interception leader Tyrann Mathieu in the game (out for the season), they will still give Aaron Rodgers fits.

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Why should you back the Pack (+4)?

The Packers average 24.8 points per game and give up 18.9 on average. Their turnover ratio is +7. Rodgers has only thrown six interceptions this season, with 29 touchdown passes, completing 60.8 percent of his passes. The Packers have recovered from home losses to Detroit and Chicago to take back over the NFC North and would love to take that other first-round bye.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Packers have not been their usual selves on offense this year. It was thanks to a boneheaded coaching decision in Detroit that the Packers were able to win at Ford Field, and the team even sputtered against a Dallas team led by a backup quarterback until the Packers’ running attack finally broke the Cowboys’ defensive will. Arizona will continue its trend of winning big games at home (Cincinnati, Minnesota) and beat the Packers, 31-21, covering the spread.