Arizona Cardinals will face winner of Green Bay-Washington


The Minnesota Vikings missed a 27-yard field goal late and lost to the Seattle Seahawks 10-9

The Arizona Cardinals now know they will be facing Sunday afternoon’s winner of the NFC Wild Card game between the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins.  The Seattle Seahawks averted early playoff elimination when Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a chip-shot field goal.  If Minnesota had converted, they would have come to Arizona.

The weather had to play a big factor in the missed field goal.  Now, the Cardinals have three more hours to wait for their next opponent.

The weather in Washington this afternoon will be much better.  Now, there is a chance of rain but the temperature was hovering around 60 degrees, merely 61 degrees warmer than what we saw earlier in Minneapolis.

The Cardinals have prepared for both teams in practice this past week, so I don’t think it matters which team they face.  However, having just played Green Bay a couple of weeks ago could be an advantage for the Cardinals.  Washington was a slight favorite in this afternoon’s game.

If the Cardinals do face the Packers, it likely won’t be the same game we all saw on December 27th.  The Cardinals won that game 38-8.  The game was only 17-0 at halftime with the defense taking over the second half by creating turnovers.

As for the Redskins, the Cardinals did not play them in 2015.  They last played in Glendale in October 2014.  The Redskins have been riding the hot arm of quarterback Kirk Cousins.  Cousins threw 29 touchdown passes in the regular season.  One of his biggest targets is tight end Jordan Reed.  We all know how tight ends give the Cardinals fits at times.

Once the game is over later this afternoon, we will start focusing on the opponent for next week.  Whoever ends up coming to Arizona, it should be a great game on Saturday night.