After a complete win in their Wildcard tilt in Washington, the Green Bay Packers will attempt to upset the powerhouse Arizona Cardinals in the divisional round. The game kicks off on NBC this Saturday, January 16th at 8:15 PM ET from the U of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale AZ.
Arizona extended its winning streak to nine with a 38-8 home rout of Green Bay on Dec. 27. The Cards recorded nine sacks, one more than the points scored by the Packers. Green Bay was held to a paltry 178 yards — their second-lowest total of the season. The Cardinals also scored twice on defense in one of their most dominant efforts of 2015 and perhaps Green Bay’s worst.
This is a different Packers team as evident from their blowout win last week, but are they good enough to beat the Cardinals?
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals NFC Divisional Playoffs Odds & My Expert Pick
The NFL NFC Divisional betting odds favor the Cardinals by 8-points to beat the Packers. If you are betting the money line straight up, then Green Bay pays 255 on 100 while Arizona pays 100 on 310. The game total is a colossal 50 points.
What: Green Bay Packers (10-6) at Arizona Cardinals (13-3)
When: Saturday, January 16, 2016
Kickoff: 8:15 PM ET
Where: Glendale, AZ
Stadium: U of Phoenix Stadium
Spread: Cardinals -8
Moneyline: Green Bay +255 vs Arizona -310
Game Total: 50
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Listen: Green Bay vs Arizona
Why Bet The Green Bay Packers Spread at +8 Over The Cardinals
This is Aaron Rodgers game to win or lose. If his pass catchers can create space, he will find them. The question remains is if his O-Line can give him and his receivers the time they need. Last week, Rodgers overcame an 11-0 deficit to win 35-18 at Washington in Sunday’s wild-card round, the Cardinals were put on notice.
Rodgers completed 21 of 36 passes for 210 yards, and two scores. The biggest surprise was how the Packers used their pass game to open up the Redskins’ defense for RBs Eddie Lacy and James Starks who both scored in the second half.
“We kind of felt like this was a possibility to be able to go back there after that loss,” said Rodgers, who was sacked eight times and threw for 151 yards at Arizona. “We’re coming off, obviously, a big win, and in (the Cardinals’) last game they got beat by a lot. So it’s going to be a more competitive game, I bet.”
Green Bay scored 14 more points at Washington than it did in losing the previous two games to the Cardinals and Minnesota.
“It’s huge for us,” said Rodgers, who threw two TDs without an interception, was sacked once and backed by 141 yards from the running game. “We needed a game like this to get our mojo back and get our confidence going.”
Why Bet The Arizona Cardinals Spread at -8 Over The Packers
Arizona has the mental edge against Green Bay . They embarrassed the Packers by a 38-8 just two weeks ago in the same building they will meet on Saturday.
“We believe that if we play our game,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said, “we can beat anybody.”
A franchise-record 13 wins gave Arizona the West Division title, the second seed in the conference and a first-round bye.
The good news for the Cards is that they 4-0 at home in the postseason and beat Green Bay 51-45 in overtime in their most recent playoff tilt in the desert during the 2009 season. Rodgers had an epic game, throwing for 423 yards, four TDs and an INT in his first playoff start but was sacked and lost the ball which was run back for the game winning score.
Can the Cards keep their winning ways going this weekend?
Betting Trends & Stats Related To This Matchup:
- 12/27/2015: Arizona won 38 to 8, Arizona covered -6, Game came under 50
- The Cardinals are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games following a ATS loss.
- The Cardinals are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 playoff games.
- The Cardinals are 21-9 ATS in their last 30 vs. NFC.
- The Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playoff home games.
- The Packers are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games as an underdog.
- The Packers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games on grass.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction:
Aaron Rodgers playoff experience cannot be countered by the Cardinals. The Packers are huge 8-point underdogs and even though the Cardinals enjoyed a great regular season, they went only 1-5 ATS in their last six home games down the stretch. Arizona may win again, but it will be a lot closer with Green Bay covering.
My final score prediction is Green Bay 24, Arizona 28.