It’s hard to believe, but going back to last season the Green Bay Packers have played five consecutive games away from the hallowed ground of Lambeau Field. The last time the Packers played in front of the home crowd was the week 17 win over the Chicago Bears that catapulted the Packers into the playoffs and on the track to football immortality.
Today, the champions return home.
The Green Bay Packers tonight play their second exhibition game against the Arizona Cardinals. Who cares that it is a preseason game? For the first time, the Packers take the field at Lambeau as defending world champions. It will indeed be a special moment even if the game truly doesn’t count
That said, enough with the nostalgia. Let’s talk some football.
With a very deep roster, the Packers enter the game hoping to further mold their depth chart for the season opener against the New Orleans. The starters currently locked into the lineup (Rodgers, Finley, Jennings et al) should see more action than they did in Cleveland so I would not be surprised to see them finish out the first quarter, if not less. The last thing the Packers need is more injuries.
The Cardinals on the other hand are in a different situation. They are still kicking the tires on newly acquired starting quarterback Kevin Kolb as well as different players on the defensive side of the ball.
Let’s look at the Red Birds.