NFL divisional round picks: Predicting each playoff game
Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (-7)
Have the Green Bay Packers rediscovered their mojo on offense? After a slow start in Washington, they made easy work of the Redskins and Aaron Rodgers looked back in MVP form. It was by far the Packers’ most impressive showing since defeating the Chiefs in Week 3.
The last time the Arizona Cardinals played, they were steamrolled by the Seattle Seahawks. But they have had a bye week to heal up and get ready for the playoffs, and they now face the team they themselves beat down a week prior in the Packers.
The Cardinals have the most balanced roster in football. You just have to look at the numbers. Arizona is No. 2 in passing offense and No. 8 in rushing offense. They are No. 8 in pass defense and No. 6 in run defense. They are dominant across the board.
And while the Packers certainly played better last week and showed signs of life, this is a tough matchup. The Packers’ defense is playing at a championship level but the offense will run into some familiar problems against this dominant Cardinals defense.
In the desert, it’s hard to pick against Carson Palmer and the Cardinals. They will advance to the NFC Championship Game.
Pick: Arizona 28, Green Bay 17
Next: Seattle at Carolina