Green Bay, Wisconsin- Rough week to be a Cardinals fan. Not only did Arizona get embarrassed (again) on national TV last week, they also failed to make a move to improve their offensive line before the trade deadline expired yesterday. The lack of initiative on the trade-front for a guy like Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, who is better than either of Arizona’s starters at that position, shows the Cardinals have probably given up on this season. They had an opportunity to help the worst spot of their offenses but decided to keep a mid to later round draft pick instead. It’s too early to tell if that is the right move; as long is they use that draft pick wisely I agree with that decision because their offense isn’t going anywhere this year even if they traded for McKinnie.
Lost in all of that is the fact the Cardinals have to travel to The Frozen Tundra of Lambeau FIeld on Sunday and to the Green Bay Packers who happen to be tied for 1st in the league with 26 sacks. Just as Aldon Smith, Mario Williams, and Cameron Wake before him, expect Clay Matthews to be doing his sack dance throughout the day. Green Bay’s defense isn’t the best in the league, but they’re very good at getting to the quarterback and picking off errant passes. If John Skelton doesn’t want a repeat of Monday night, he’ll have to throw the ball much better and get some support from his running backs.
The Packers defensive backs may be good at picking off the ball, but their leader, Charles Woodson, is out and they’ve always been susceptible to big plays and P.I. calls so Fitzgerald might be able to get his game back on track this week. I also expect Arizona to run more than 7 yards in this game, although I doubt it will be much more than 70. Seeing the Cardinals offense get on track would be a surprise at this point in the season.
The Packers are indeed tied for 1st in the league with 26 sacks of the quarterback, but the team that is tied with them is the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have one of the great front seven defensive groups in the league, and Green Bay’s offensive line is pretty bad. Not Cardinals-bad, but still mediocre on a good day. It’s near impossible to keep Aaron Rodgers bottled up all day long, but Green Bay’s lack of a real running game will help Arizona’s defense stop this from being a complete blow out.
Packers WR Greg Jennings is still out and their other star WR Jordy Nelson is a game-time decision with a strained hamstring. All of these things considered the Packers should still score at least 24 points, which is simply too much for Arizona to keep up with. Aaron Rodgers does his discount double-check multiple times as Green Bay strolls through a Sunday afternoon, 27-13.
I’d like to apologize for bringing up the 2011 Buffalo Bills and their collapse after starting 4-0, I may have jinxed Arizona to the same fate. Or maybe this team just wasn’t that good to begin with. They’re like that girl with a really fit body but an ugly face, yeah she looks decent in a bathing suite but once the clothes go back on nobody pays attention to her. She’s only attractive every once in a while on a good day, like the Cardinals. Arizona’s defense will make people look for a second if it’s bikini weather, but the moment their offense comes out so does that ugly face, ruining that poor girl’s chances at being a model and the Cardinal’s chances at winning games. Facial re-cronstuctive surgery should definitely be discussed in the offseason.
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Written by Thomas Mitchell
Born & raised in Arizona, part of the MJ generation. Lifelong sports fanatic