Cardinals Know Only Their A+ Game Will Beat Green Bay

Chris ScheiCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers prepares to snap the ball during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Packers defeated the Cardinals 33-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals and their fans are having a giggly little laugh over the Packers 33-7 win at Arizona Sunday. They are telling themselves that Green Bay did it mostly against their backups, and for the majority of that game the Cardinals didn't really care.

And those people aren't far from the truth. But I'm sure Ken Whisenhunt and the Cardinal players are not laughing at some of what took place Sunday.

Almost all of the starters for the Cardinals played the first quarter on Sunday, including Kurt Warner. The score at the end of the first quarter, you ask?

14-0 Green Bay.

Now, one could easily say that even the Cardinals starters didn't really care about the game, which may be a valid point.

But, one could also say that maybe, just maybe, the Cardinals No. 25 ranked defense doesn't have enough juice to slow down the Packers offense.

The Cardinals are well aware that their offense better play their best to score some points on the Packers No. 2 ranked defense, and they are well aware that their defense will have to play out of their gourd to hold down the Packers offense enough.

I keep getting told to remember last year. The Cardinals weren't playing well heading into the playoffs, and look where they went. Well, if every star aligns just right in the sky for a second straight year, so be it.

But how often does that happen?

Many fans' hate affair with the Packers may have to continue for at least one more week. The Vikings started 7-1, and were Super Bowl favorites, and deserved to be. The Packers went 7-1 in their last 8 games against similar teams and lost to the same team, but still aren't that good. 

Something has to give, and only time will tell us what it will be.  


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