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Packers-Cardinals: Three keys

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Arizona heat Both teams are atop the league in sacks and as we've seen earlier this year a consistent pass rush will de-rail the Packers offense.  Daryl Washington leads the Cardinals defense with eight sacks from his inside linebacker position.  Look for more of Alex Green today to slow down the rush.

Low altitude Cards While Arizona is solid on defense they are miserable on offense.  Injuries at running back and along the offensive line have taken its toll on the Arizona offense.  The Cardinals are averaging just nine points per game during this current four game losing streak.  Defensively, the Packers must make sure Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts don't blow up with explosive plays.

Forget the bye Jordy Nelson is active and will start, a clear sign that Mike McCarthy was serious about putting the focus on today's game and not the bye week.  The Packers must hope to avoid injuries again but in the meantime let's see if the Packers come out firing.  Doing so will force the Cards to throw often, as they had to do during Monday night's debacle against San Francisco

Prediction Packers 23, Cardinals 12

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