The Cardinals grate the Packers 38 – 17
To say the Arizona Cardinals 38 – 8 win over the Green Bay Packers Sunday was dominating would be an understatement.
Offensively the Cardinals outgained the Packers 381 – 178 yards, held the Packers to 5 – 17 on third down, sacked the Aaron Rogers eight times (nine times total) and scored two defensive touchdowns.
At no point in this game did the Cardinals leave any doubt who the dominant team was and they sent a strong message to the Packers in case they meet again in the playoffs.
Cardinals defensive end Dwight Freeney, who was not on an NFL roster when the season began and a few days away from taking a television gig, led the way with 3 sacks on his own.
Justin Bethel, Cardinals defensive back, who’s filling in for the injured Tyrrann Mathieu, said he knew he would be picked on but he more than held his own.
Not only did he lead the Cardinals with eight tackles, but he picked off Rogers in the end zone which in turn led to a first half ending touchdown for the Cardinals with Carson Palmer finding John Brown for a seven-yard touchdown pass making the score 17 – 0.
This win not only stretched the Cardinals winning streak to nine in a row but with the Carolina Panthers losing their first game of the year to the Atlanta Falcons, the Cardinals are now one game behind with one game left to play for the best record in the NFC.
The Cardinals clinched a bye in the first round with their win, but you know a Bruce Arians coached team is not satisfied with that. Especially since they know they are one win a way for the possibility of hosting the NFC championship game.
As Arians said after the game, “We still really haven’t done anything other than get a bye”. He went on to say, “You don’t get rings for byes; you only get T-shirts and hats”.
Last time the NFC road to the Super Bowl ran through Phoenix, the Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in route to Super Bowl XLIII.
This complete dominating performance over a playoff team leaves little doubt on who the best team in the NFL is at this point. Yes, it’s your Arizona Cardinals.
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