Arizona Cardinals vs Green Bay Packers: Bold predictions


The Arizona Cardinals defense got the best of the Green Bay Packers on December 27th in a 38-8 victory

I am predicting the Arizona Cardinals will win on Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.  However I am also predicting that the game will not result in a 30-point loss for the Green Bay Packers either.  There are a few other things I am predicting for Saturday night in Glendale.

The Packers will not surrender nine sacks like they did in week 16.  I still think the offensive line is a little suspect though, so I am predicting five Cardinals sacks, two by linebacker Dwight Freeney. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be scrambling a lot.

Speaking of quarterbacks, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will throw for more than 300 yards and at least three touchdowns. His offense played well last time out against the Packers but the catalyst to victory was the Cardinals defense.

Palmer will also throw one interception.  There is always one boneheaded throw he makes per game.  Sometimes he gets away with it and doesn’t get intercepted.  He will get picked once but overall it will be the only turnover the Cardinals will commit on Saturday night.  The Packers will turn the ball over four times.

The Cardinals secondary will get torched a couple of times by Rodgers.  They will have at least two big pass plays over 30-yards that will result in points.  One will be a touchdown and the other will result in a field goal. This too has been the norm as of late.

Other predictions:

  • We will see a safety in the game.  One of those five sacks of Rodgers will happen in the end zone and you will be able to thank new Cardinals linebacker Jason Babin for it.
  • Cardinals running back David Johnson will rush for 120 yards
  • Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro will miss at least one extra-point
  • Cardinals will challenge two calls on Saturday night, losing one and winning one.

The final prediction?  The game score.  It will be tight enough to keep us interested for 60 minutes but the Cardinals will likely be too much for the Packers in the end.  Contributions from both sides of the ball will help the Cardinals Saturday night.  Arizona 39 Green Bay 24