Game Predictions & Player Projections - GB vs. ARI

Game Predictions & Player Projections - GB vs. ARI


Game Predictions & Player Projections - GB vs. ARI

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Prediction: GB 13, ARI 30 (Line: ARI by 7)

UPDATE: As expected, Davante Adams will not play this week.

This is a replay of just three weeks ago when the Cardinals won 38-8 in Arizona. The Packers come off a surprisingly good showing taking down the Redskins and played like they they were facing a much inferior team. The Cardinals ended on a sour note when they never showed up to the Week 17 meeting with the Seahawks. The Packers were a big surprise in how well they played last week but this is back at the same site they lost by 30 points just a few weeks ago. And this game has a more rested and healthier Cardinals team.

Green Bay Packers

1 @CHI 31-23 10 DET 16-18
2 SEA 27-17 11 @MIN 30-13
3 KC 38-28 12 CHI 13-17
4 @SF 17-3 13 @DET 27-23
5 STL 24-10 14 DAL 28-7
6 SD 27-20 15 @OAK 30-20
7 BYE —— 16 @ARI 8-38
8 @DEN 10-29 17 MIN 13-20
9 @CAR 29-37 W @WAS `35-18
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Packers Rush Catch Pass
QB Aaron Rodgers 10 190,1
RB Eddie Lacy 50 2-10
RB James Starks 10 1-10
TE Richard Rodgers 2-20,1
WR Jared Abbrederis 3-30
WR James Jones 6-60
WR Randall Cobb 20 6-40
PK Mason Crosby 1 XP 2 FG

Pregame Notes: The Packers did a quick turnaround from their anemic final two weeks and handled the Redskins with ease on both sides of the ball. Still – it was as much about the Packers defense doing their job than the offense. Playing this in Arizona only three weeks from the last time. That’s different this time from Week 16? Not much other than Davante Adams won’t play.

QUARTERBACK : Aaron Rodgers won in Washington but he still only passed for 210 yards and two scores but he had no turnovers from the first time in a month. Rodgers completed just 15 of 28 for 151 yards and one touchdown to Eddie Lacy. He also lost two fumbles, threw one interception and was sacked a season-high eight times. It was his second worst game of the year.

RUNNING BACK : Eddie Lacy ran for 60 yards on just 12 carries in Arizona and caught one pass – a 28-yard touchdown near the end of the third quarter to prevent the shutout. He comes off a 63-yard effort in Washington when he scored once during his 12 carries. James Starks also scored last week but was held to only three runs for 11 yards in Week 16. Lacy’s touchdown catch in Week 16 was his only reception of the day and he totals only three catches over the last four games.

WIDE RECEIVER : Davante Adams has a MCL sprain and is not expected to be able to play this week. He only managed three receptions for 42 yards in the previous meeting with the Cardinals. James Jones hauled in five catches for 46 yards while Randall Cobb ended with five catches for 40 yards. Jared Abbrederis will take his place but has just seven catches over the last five weeks and did not score this season. Randall Cobb scored last week but that was his first since Week 11.

TIGHT END : Never reliable, the tight ends score on a rare occasion. Richard Rodgers only caught one pass for two yards in Week 16.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: Only three weeks ago the Cardinals stuffed this offense. And the Cards are rested after taking a week off. The Packers have stepped up last week but that was against a 9-7 Redskins team that picked up four wins in their own division. The Packers should put in a bigger effort but there’s no reason to expect a dramatically better effort than just three weeks ago in the last game when the Cardinals were trying to win and the Packers were still scratching for a playoff berth.

Gaining Fantasy Points GB 16 20 15 19 19 14
Preventing Fantasy Points ARI  12 9 7 21 10 1

Arizona Cardinals

1 NO 31-19 10 @SEA 39-32
2 @CHI 48-23 11 CIN 34-31
3 SF 47-7 12 @SF 19-13
4 STL 22-24 13 @STL 27-3
5 @DET 42-17 14 MIN 23-20
6 @PIT 13-25 15 @PHI 40-17
7 BAL 26-18 16 GB 38-8
8 @CLE 34-20 17 SEA 6-36
9 BYE ——  
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Cardinals Rush Catch Pass
QB Carson Palmer 270,2
RB David Johnson 80,1 4-40
RB Andre Ellington 20 1-10
WR John Brown 4-40
WR Larry Fitzgerald 6-50,1
WR Michael Floyd 5-110,1
PK Chandler Catanzaro 3 TD 3 FG

Pregame Notes: The Cardinals were on a nine game winning streak before throwing away Week 16 to the Seahawks. The exact same squad returns to this matchup and the only difference is that Michael Floyd should be healthier than he was three weeks ago when he already had a big game. The Packers are no one to look over but the expectation is that this is just a warm up to the Championship in Carolina next week.

QUARTERBACK : Carson Palmer passed for 265 yards and two scores in the last meeting with the Packers but did have the rare interception. Palmer scored in every game this year and only threw two interceptions over the last six games while never being sacked more than twice.

RUNNING BACK : Andre Ellington should play this week but his turf toe won’t be healed and he’ll play a limited role. He ran for 40 yards on seven carries in Week 16 but plays a bit role. Chris Johnson has returned to practice from his broken leg but won’t be available for anything short of the Super Bowl. David Johnson takes the primary role again this time and ran for 39 yards on eight carries with one score in Week 16. He also added three catches for 88 yards. His role was a little lighter since he was coming off a 29-carry game the previous week when he scored three times in Philadelphia. Johnson has been good for at least 30 receiving yards in each of his five starts this year and scored five times.

WIDE RECEIVER : John Brown rarely turns in big yardage but he was on a three game scoring streak until Week 17. That included Week 16 when he caught three passes for 25 yards and one score against the Packers. Larry Fitzgerald also scored that week and settled for only 29 yards on four catches. Fitzgerald has not topped 55 yards in any game since Week 12. Michael Floyd turned in six receptions for 111 yards versus the Packers and has been the most productive Cardinals receiver for the second half of the season.

TIGHT END : No fantasy value.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Packers are good enough to prevent the Cardinals from having monster showings from any player other than Michael Floyd who topped 100 yards before and should at least be more over his sprained knee. David Johnson was hot as a starter before slowing down against the Packers and then taking it easier against the Seahawks to end the year. He’s a strong start again this week and should see more use than the final two weeks.

The trio of wideouts all have merit but the pattern is pretty clear here – Floyd is going to have the most yardage and Brown/Fitzgerald help keep the sticks moving and show up with a score when needed.

Gaining Fantasy Points ARI 6 8 2 30 3 2
Preventing Fantasy Points GB  5 12 9 15 9 15

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