The Arizona Cardinals visit Lambeau Field this week in desperate need of a win, having lost their last four games after starting 4-0. The Green Bay Packers have won three straight and want to head into their much needed bye week at 6-3. Let’s jump into the key matchups that will determine the fate of this week’s game.
Offensive Lines vs. Pass Rush
Both Green Bay and Arizona head into this game in 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in QB sacks. Each is also surrendering more than any team. Many have already dubbed this game a “sack fest”. Of course, games aren’t played on paper as we saw last week in the Packers/Jaguars game.
Each team’s offensive line has come under fire this season for inconsistent play.
Green Bay’s unit has struggled in their run blocking as well as in spots in pass blocking. Newly acquired center Jeff Saturday hasn’t been what many Packer fans had hoped thus far. Steady right tackle Bryan Bulaga has committed more penalties than in the past.
Arizona’s line has had troubles of their own. Who could forget that week 5 game against St. Louis in which Cardinal quarterback Kevin Kolb was sacked nine times in a losing effort. Just a few weeks later, Kolb would be taken down five times by the Buffalo Bills and forced out of that game with a rib injury.