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5 Reasons Green Bay Packers Defeated Arizona Cardinals

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5 Reasons Green Bay Packers Defeated Arizona Cardinals


The Green Bay Packers (6-3) will head into their bye week on a four-game win streak after defeating the Arizona Cardinals (4-5) 31-17 Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field. Certainly, several outstanding plays stand out from the victory.

Green Bay played an all-around efficient football game with limited mistakes, which is why they were so successful against Arizona. The Packers had a specific game plan heading into the game in which they wanted to play to the Cardinals’ weaknesses. This is something that was executed to precision, as Green Bay was able to run the ball with effectiveness while also forcing Arizona to rush when they apparently did not want to.

Also, the Packers never lost confidence even when it seemed like the team had every reason to panic. Green Bay’s 21-7 halftime lead diminished in the third quarter, as fans around the world quickly flashed back to the Packers loss against the Indianapolis Colts earlier this season. However, Sunday’s contest told a different story of a Green Bay team that refused to surrender hope against an Arizona squad that came into the game on a four-game loss streak.

Unfortunately, there were some disappointments to go along with the win. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson, right tackle Bryan Bulaga, and linebacker Clay Matthews all left the game with injuries and did not return. Nelson went down with what appeared to be a sprained ankle and Matthews looked to have pulled his hamstring. Bulaga’s injury appeared to be the worst as it was listed as a strained hip. However, FOX commentator Troy Aikman mentioned several times it looked to be more of a hyperextended knee.

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Randall Cobb


Randall Cobb had his best game as a member of the Packers. The second year player caught three receptions for 37 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball three times for 29 yards, including a 12-yard gain on one run. If that was not enough, Cobb returned three punts for 46 yards, including a 28-yard return in the first quarter. All in all, the wide receiver accounted for more than 100 all-purpose yards and was a huge reason why Green Bay defeated Arizona.

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Solid Run Defense


The Cardinals came into the game 31st in the league in rushing yards with an average of 79.0 yards per game. This means Green Bay wanted to do make sure they stopped Arizona’s air attack and forced them to run the ball. This was certainly accomplished, as the Cardinals were only able to muster 54 yards on 18 carries for a measly 3.0 yards per gain.

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Phenomenal Receiving Play


I already mentioned Cobb’s spectacular play, but Green Bay’s receivers in general had phenomenal performances across the board on Sunday. Tight end Tom Crabtree caught a 72-yard touchdown pass to end the third quarter. Meanwhile, wide receiver James Jones continued his dominance this season with four receptions for 61 yards and an unbelievable touchdown catch. Even running back Alex Green got in on the fun with two catches for 25 yards, including a 19-yard catch and run.

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Rushed the Ball Efficiently


The Packers ran the ball efficiently and with confidence for a majority of the game. Green Bay had solid numbers from four different rushers, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Running back James Starks led the team with 61 yards on 17 carries, Green rushed 11 times for 53 yards, Rodgers took off eight times for 33 yards, and Cobb received three hand offs for 29 yards. These four players combined for a season-high 176 rushing yards on 39 carries. The fact Green Bay was able to do this against a decent defense is certainly impressive.

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Aaron Rodgers’ Four Touchdowns


Rodgers did not have the most efficient game, as he did not complete even half of his attempts, even though that was mostly due to dropped passes. However, he did throw four touchdown passes for the 10th time of his career during the regular season. This is a significant statistic as the Packers are 10-0 during the regular season and 1-0 during the postseason when Rodgers passes for at least four touchdowns.