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Live Updates: Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals

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The Green Bay Packers (6-1) will play the Arizona Cardinals (7-0) on Thursday night at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Follow along for updates.

In one of the biggest games of the NFL season, the Green Bay Packers (6-1) will face the Arizona Cardinals (7-0) on Thursday Night Football. Follow along all night for updates.

First Quarter

Packers 0, Cardinals 0 (11:09 remaining)

It was an uneventful first 4 minutes.

Arizona won the toss and deferred. On Green Bay’s first offensive play, receiver Equanimeous St. Brown was flagged for holding, dooming that drive. An incredible 57-yard punt to the sideline by Corey Bojorquez gave Arizona the ball on the 13. A first-play facemask by Rashan Gary on his sack of Kyler Murray gave the Cardinals 15 yards and a first down, but the defense stiffened with a third-down pressure by Preston Smith and then Gary.

On the punt, Amari Rodgers fumbled but Oren Burks saved the day and recovered at the 22.

Rodgers Bad on Deep Passes?

Aaron Rodgers’ long-ball struggles were a story line last week. So, against Washington, he hit on 3-of-4 passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield for 71 yards and one touchdown.

Arizona’s Kyler Murray is one of the best deep-ball artists in the league. According to Pro Football Focus, he’s 19-of-30 for 605 yards and five touchdowns. His 63.3 percent completion rate is by far the best in the NFL – the Rams’ Matthew Stafford is a distant second at 53.1 percent – and he’s third with 20.2 yards per deep attempt. Rodgers is up to 19th at 35.3 percent and 12.2 yards per deep attempt.

Under Pressure

According to Zebra Sports, whose RFID technology powers the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, the Cardinals enter the game with a league-high 10 turnovers caused from pressure. Arizona’s J.J. Watt, who is tied for the league lead with three, is out with a shoulder injury that will require surgery. However, the players he’s tied with include teammates Chandler Jones and Markus Golden.

One of Aaron Rodgers’ calling cards is his history of taking care of the football. He hasn’t fumbled all season, an impressive feat, and he’s thrown only one interception over the last six games.

That doesn’t mean Rodgers is impervious to pressure, though. Of 34 quarterbacks who have been pressured on at least 32 dropbacks, Rodgers is 32nd in completion percentage, 32nd in passer rating and is one of five quarterbacks without a single touchdown pass.


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Without Watt, Arizona’s interior pressure could be limited. If left tackle Elgton Jenkins can handle Jones and right tackle Billy Turner can take care of Golden, there could be critical time for the revamped receiver corps to get open.

Prediction

This is purely a numbers game, right? The Cardinals are No. 3 in scoring offense and No. 1 in scoring defense. They have impressive victories against strong teams. This is a really good team. The Packers, meanwhile, will be without All-Pros Davante Adams, Jaire Alexander and David Bakhtiari and Pro Bowler Za’Darius Smith. That just seems impossible to overcome.

Cardinals 34, Packers 17

How to Watch Packers at Cardinals

TV: FOX/NFL Network/Amazon: Fox – Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (commentary), Erin Andrews, Kristina Pink (field reporters) Amazon – Andrea Kremer, Hannah Storm | Amazon Scout's Feed – Bucky Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah, Joy Taylor.

Stream: You can stream the game on FuboTV. Get a 7-day Free Trial.

Coverage Map: Check out the map at 506Sports.com to see which games will be broadcast in your neighborhood.

Radio: Packers Radio Network – Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play), Larry McCarren (commentary). Sirius – 134 (GB), 82 (Chi.) | XM: 384 (GB), 227 (Chi.) | SXM App: 811 (GB), 805 (Chi.). Westwood One – Tom McCarthy (play-by-play), Mike Golic (commentary). Sirius – 81 (GB), 83 (Az.), National (88) | XM: 226 (GB), 225 (Az.), National (88) | SXM App: 809 (GB), 807 (Az.), National (88).

Packers vs. Cardinals History

Leader: The Packers lead the regular-season series 44-24-4. They entered the ranks of professional football in 1921. In the fifth game of that inaugural season, on Nov. 20, they battled to a 3-3 draw against the Chicago Cardinals at Normal Park in Chicago. Thus, Packers-Cardinals is the second-oldest rivalry in the NFL behind Cardinals-Bears. Curly Lambeau and Paddy Driscoll, a pair of future Hall of Famers, exchanged second-half field goals.

Streak: The Cardinals have won three in a row and four of the last five, including 26-20 in overtime in the 2015 playoffs. With Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams out with injuries, a mic’d-up Randall Cobb suffering a punctured lung and watching the second half from a hospital, and Patrick Peterson eliminating James Jones, the passing game revolved around Jeff Janis, Jared Abbrederis and Richard Rodgers. Janis caught seven passes for 145 yards. His 41-yard touchdown on a Hail Mary forced overtime. However, on the first play of overtime, Larry Fitzgerald’s 75-yard catch and run through the Packers’ defense set up his 5-yard touchdown for the winning score.

“We were without Jordy all season. Davante’s out. Randall gets [hurt] fairly early in that game on a crazy, crazy play down the sideline,” Rodgers said when asked about that game and a 51-45 overtime loss at Arizona in the 2009 playoffs. “What a wild finish that was to that one. Special, special moments. Obviously, came up short on both of them, but a lot of fun. The thing you remember about those games is just how loud the crowd is, man.”

Last meeting: The Cardinals won 20-17 at Lambeau Field on Dec. 2, 2018. Zane Gonzalez’s 44-yard field goal with 1:41 remaining remaining put Arizona in front, and Mason Crosby missed a 49-yarder on the final play of the game. Not long after the game ended, Mike McCarthy was fired.

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