The Green Bay Packers’ offensive line has allowed 28 sacks, which is the second most in the NFL at the midseason mark. The only other team that has allowed more sacks this season is the Arizona Cardinals, as they have given up a whopping 39 through eight games. It is obvious whichever offensive line comes more prepared Sunday afternoon will give their team the best chance to win.
What makes this matchup even more impressive is that the Packers and Cardinals have each recorded 26 sacks on defense this year, which ranks first in the league. This means both offensive lines will have their hands full with some of the top pass rushers in the NFL. In fact, Green Bay’s Clay Matthews and Arizona’s Daryl Washington rank first and second in the NFC with nine and eight sacks respectively.
Both teams are battling critical injuries on both sides of the ball, but the Cardinals are the only one that is dealing with the moving of players to new positions along the offensive line. The Packers may have lost cornerback Charles Woodson, wide receiver Greg Jennings, and running back Cedric Benson for a significant amount of time, but their offensive line has not been touched.
Simply put, Green Bay has an advantage on offense and defense in this situation. Matthews is going to have a field day with Arizona’s banged up line while the rest of the pass rushers should be able to get in on the show. Meanwhile, the Packers’ healthy offensive line should be able to handle Washington and O’Brien Schofield.
As good as the Cardinals’ secondary is this season, and they are very good, the Packers’ front five have to only give Aaron Rodgers less than three seconds to find an open receiver. Not to mention, Arizona does not have a very good run defense so if Green Bay can establish Alex Green early then that should certainly help keep pressure off of Rodgers.
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