Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Packers Take On Cardinals This Sunday

Packers versus Cardinals
The Packers face the Cardinals this Sunday, and Lambeau Field tickets are on sale now.  Will our Packers play up to the level of their next opponent?  At first glance, it seemed like they performed poorly this past Sunday.  Do fans realize how many first string players were on the sideline? Let's take a look at what Green Bay had to work with.

The Packers two best wide receivers were out.  Jennings hopes to be back before the season ends.  Jordy Nelson sat out for the first time, nursing a bad hamstring.  James Jones, Donald Driver, Randall Cobb, and Jermichael Finley had to pick up the slack.  It was great to see Driver make a touchdown catch.  There won't be many more for Mr. Driver, and the crowd gave him a good and proper level of praise.  Jones had seven catches, for a total of 78 yards. Finley had a pair of catches, and so did Driver. Cobb had one touchdown and a total of five catches.  It wasn't Rodgers' best day, but the Packers managed to get the job done.

Packers Defense A Bit Thin Last Sunday

On the defensive side, the Packers were working without Jerel Worthy, Mike Neal, Sam Shields and Nick Perry. We all know that Charles Woodson is not coming back for at least three more weeks.  If anything, it gave the defense a chance to define their new roles.  Some guys stepped up, while others just held on for the ride. Cecil Shorts gave the secondary fits last Sunday, and if the Packers had gone up against a team with a quarterback in top shape, the game could certainly have gone the other way.

Now the Packers face a Cardinals team that is surely feeling desperate.  The Cardinals blinked yesterday, and it wasn't pretty. Their offense isn't the best in the league, but their defense has left the door open for opportunities.  The team now stands at 4-4.  The Packers will have to play a better game on offense if they hope to overcome the Cardinals defense.  As for how the Packers match up with the Arizona's offense, there  is less to worry about.  Green Bay needs to put the pedal to the metal, and put the game out of reach.