The Arizona Cardinals (2-9) travel to Wisconsin this weekend to battle the Green Bay Packers (4-6-1). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on December 2nd at Lambeau Field and the game will be broadcast on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Packers listed as 14.5-point home favorites. That line has moved by over a point after early betting, as Green Bay is currently available at -14.5. The total for this matchup is 44 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 13 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Packers vs Cardinals Vegas Odds & Game Preview
Arizona has now lost five out of their last six games after getting crushed 45-10 by the Chargers last weekend. The Cardinals were badly outplayed on both sides of the ball, allowing Philip Rivers to complete 28 of 29 passing attempts for 259 yards and three touchdowns in just three quarters. QB Josh Rosen didn’t have a great game, throwing for just 105 yards and a touchdown while also getting picked off once. RB David Johnson led the way on the ground, although he only managed to rush for 63 yards and failed to find the end zone. Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald were basically invisible in the passing game, as the pair combined for a meager 71 receiving yards. As a whole, Arizona is currently averaging 14.1 points per game – dead last in the NFL.
The Cardinals have also been quite bad defensively through their first eleven games, giving up an average of 26.6 points per game (26th overall) on 364.6 yards of total offense. They have really struggled to defend against the run, getting torched for 144.8 yards per game on the ground (30th overall).
Green Bay lost their second game in a row last weekend, dropping an important divisional game 24-17 to Minnesota. The Packers now sit at 4-6-1 overall on the season, a full three and a half games behind the first place Chicago Bears. QB Aaron Rodgers wasn’t at his best against the Vikings, passing for just 198 yards and a touchdown. He has certainly relied heavily on WR Davante Adams over the last several weeks, as he connected with Adams for another 69 yards and a touchdown after his ten reception, 166 yard performance back in Week 11. RB Aaron Jones continued his strong play on the ground against a tough Minnesota defense, rushing for 72 yards and a touchdown. Overall, Green Bay is currently averaging 24.0 points per game (17th overall) on 385.6 total yards of offense.
The Packers have been pretty average on the other side of the ball so far this season, surrendering 24.3 points per game to opponents (16th overall) on 355.2 yards of total offense. However, they are holding opponents to just 232.2 yards per game through the air (10th overall).
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Green Bay -14
As much as I wanted to take all the free points in this particular spot, I just couldn’t find a way to pull the trigger. Arizona has been terrible on both sides of the ball, as they are currently the worst offensive team in the NFL while also currently ranking sixth-worst in terms of scoring defense. The only bright spot for the Cardinals as of late has been the play of David Johnson, but he certainly can’t carry the team all by himself. Rodgers was vocal in practice all week about potentially running the table over the final five weeks of the season, so I have no doubt that he will bring his A-game in this one.
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The Packers are a solid 4-1 ATS over their last five games follow an against the spread loss. They are also 4-0 ATS in their last four games in Week 13 and a perfect 5-0 in their last five meetings with Arizona. The Cardinals are a dreadful 4-10-1 ATS over their last fifteen games as a road underdog. They are also only 4-8-1 ATS in their last thirteen road games overall.
It is also important to note that Green Bay has had most of the success over the last several meetings between these two teams, going an impressive 4-2 ATS against Arizona since 2006. I fully expect that trend to continue here in Week 13, especially since this game is being played on the frozen tundra of Lambeau. I don’t think the Cardinals can keep pace with an angry Aaron Rodgers for more than a couple of quarters, so I’m laying the two touchdowns and taking a stab with the home favorite – give me the Packers.