What bettors need to know: Packers at Cardinals

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (+1, 47)

A week after closing out the regular season against each other, the Packers and Cardinals meet again Sunday in Tempe for a much more meaningful contest.

Green Bay routed the Cards 33-7 at University of Phoenix Stadium last week in a game that had no playoff implications for either team. Packers coach Mike McCarthy chose to play quarterback Aaron Rodgers and many other starters through three quarters, while Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt played his Cards a little closer to the vest by pulling Kurt Warner in the first quarter. 

Line movement

The Green Bay-Arizona matchup has drawn the biggest line movement of the four playoff games this weekend. The Cardinals were originally favored by 2.5 points, but Green Bay moved to a 1-point favorite in some spots Saturday. The original total of 48 moved to 47 almost immediately.

Injury report

Whisenhunt might be wishing he pulled some of his other star players as quickly as he yanked Kurt Warner last week. Receiver Anquan Boldin (ankle), cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (knee) and defensive end Calais Campbell (thumb) all went down with injuries Sunday and they are all listed as questionable for this weekend. Rodgers-Cromartie and Campbell both practiced during the week, but Boldin did not and will be a game-time decision.

"I'm doing everything within my power to make sure I'm on the field Sunday," Boldin told reporters Friday. "If I'm not able to go, trust me, it won't be anything I didn't do."

The Packers also didn't escape the regular-season finale unscathed. Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Woodson, who returned an interception for a touchdown earlier in the game, strained his shoulder before halftime. He is probable for Sunday, however.

"I'll be fine," Woodson said. "I could've gone back in if I had to."

Safety Derrick Martin (ankle) and defensive tackle Johnny Jolly (foot) are the only Packers listed as questionable on the injury report.

Super Bowl hangover

History isn't on the Cardinals’ side as they begin defense of their NFC championship.

No team that lost the Super Bowl has returned to the big game since the Bills made four straight losing appearances in the early 1990s.

Arizona at least managed to make the playoffs this year, something the previous two Super Bowl losers - the Patriots and Bears - failed to do the following season.

Mr. Rodgers' neighbourhood

Neither game was significant in the standings, but Rodgers has already shredded the Arizona secondary twice this season in Tempe.

The Cal product threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns as the Packers rolled up 38 first-half points against the Cards in their final preseason game last fall. Rodgers then completed 21-of-26 passes for 235 yards and a score in last week's shortened outing.

Rodgers, who is making his playoff debut, isn't putting much stock in his previous performances against the Cards.

"It's going to be a different game for sure," he said. "They're going to play way different on defense. We're going to play different on offense."

The line is fine

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Posted by rexdale
4 years ago

maximus shut up u fakin tool. U come on here after their up 17 points and say u put 5'gs your a joke.
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Posted by madulamaximus
4 years ago

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4 years ago

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Posted by rexdale
4 years ago

HAHAHAHAHA some people make me laugh, if you ever ever gambled in your life on the nfl how can you say one team is a lock over another team in the playoffs? There is no such thing as a lock in the nfl especially in the playoffs. What happened to that Patriots game, i heard a lot of "lock" talk with that game. Now your gonna try to tell me that a team playing on the road with a qb who has never played and playoff game is a lock? come on people we should just pencil the packers in for the superbowl right? I have arz at +2.5 just my opinion , i wouldnt be suprised if gb won but dont see how theyre considered a lock. lets go fitzgerald
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Posted by SportsGuruX
4 years ago

Got greedy/cocky with Patriots.. Hoping GB comes through tonight! good luck GB BACKERS
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Posted by SportsGuruX
4 years ago

Green Bay does seem like an easy pick. I was thinking about pounding it but i am too scared because a lot of people are taking GB.
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Posted by madulamaximus
4 years ago

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Posted by AzStealth
4 years ago

No doubt the Packers are the hottest team entering this game. But the line has already moved 4 points toward GB....which is a lot. Everyone......and I mean EVERYONE is going with GB and that makes me way too nervous to take them, even tho I liked them originally myself. If anything, I'd tease AZ to +9 or +9.5 and take the over at 40 pts.
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Posted by TeeTotaler
4 years ago

Well I learned one thing backing the Eagles yesterday. Don't go against a hot team coming into the playoffs. I win't do that agin. Today I will ride with the Packers and Kansas in college B-Ball. Tenn. lost two guards coming into this game. I know Kansas struggled their last time out, but this is a depleted Tenn. team. Pack -2 Kansas - 5/12
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Posted by seidbw06
4 years ago

I'm from the Greater Green Bay area, but the Packers and Lock should never be used in the same sentence. Packers playing in Green Bay and Packers playing on the road are two different teams. Nevertheless, the Packers prevail but it will be a lot closer for you "Packers are a lock" people.
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Posted by couchola37
4 years ago

Plus - that is the second time if have seen the word LOCK with the packers. Cards win by 7, and blow all packers teasers too. Books gonna love it and cash. don't be part of it..
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Posted by couchola37
4 years ago

Pats are best bet. Cards and the over as well. BIG parlay today Pats/over cards. Gents, we had a road winner yesterday, pound the home teams today. Bengals by far were weakest playoff team and it showed.
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Posted by PGram13
4 years ago

Well I hit on the JETS and Dallas yesterday but New Day Today! I picked GB, and NE obvious to me but hate when thhe concencus is same! I am not sure! I was large on Dallas so I may pass. Wo am I kidding? GB NE BOL GUYS
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Posted by ronnie101
4 years ago

Vegas Ninja there is never an easy game for me anyway Now the Jets yestersday was teh pick of the day but i wasn't too comfortable with th pick Funny thing was I forgot to actually make the jets bet I was too busy making my packers bets and cashing my Bama tickets I sttill feel the packers are the correct bet here but will not sacrafice 50 % of my bank on it maybe 25%
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Posted by Hotspur1
4 years ago

Home dogs are very hard to resist. Bet against them at your peril!
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Posted by heinmanIam
4 years ago

Packers...........those little agonizing injuries will show........AZ behind kicked last week.......look familiar i.e. Bengals?
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Posted by hhgiant69
4 years ago

**************arirona big winner today pal*************
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Posted by VegasNinja
4 years ago

SOLID LOCK ON THE PACKERS. EASIEST GAME OF THE YEAR!
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Posted by ronnie101
4 years ago

packers heavy
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Posted by ronnie101
4 years ago

"packers heavy"