Underdog Packers Deal Cardinals Their First Loss of the Season

Underdog Packers Deal Cardinals Their First Loss of the Season

Packers Defeating Cardinals NFL Background

  • The Green Bay Packers beat the Arizona Cardinals 24-21 as 6.5-point betting underdogs.
  • Matt LaFleur earned his 33rd victory in 40 games as head coach, giving him the best first 40 games record of any NFL coach in the Super Bowl era.
  • With the win, Green Bay (+450) closed the gap between them and the NFC Conference betting favorites Buccaneers (+250) and Rams (+400).

The Green Bay Packers defied the odds and dealt the Arizona Cardinals their first loss of the season on Thursday night with a thrilling 24-21 victory.

With several of his offensive weapons absent in the game, Aaron Rodgers threw for 184 yards with two touchdown passes in a relatively quiet night. The Green Bay rushing game produced 151 yards on the ground and a touchdown by Aaron Jones.

But while Rodgers and Jones managed to carry the offense through the injuries, it was Green Bay’s defense that got the job done, forcing MVP betting favorite Kyler Murray to throw two interceptions, including one with 12 seconds left and Arizona driving on second and goal.

Rasul Douglas became the talk of the town after he made the game-winning interception just three weeks after the Packers picked him up from the practice squad of well, the Cardinals.

Matt LaFleur Enters Record Books

What not many people are talking about is Matt LaFleur entering the record books on Thursday night. With the victory over the Cardinals, LaFleur improved his record to 33-7 in his first 40 games coached. That put him above one win better than both Chuck Knox and George Siefert who were 32-8 in their first 40 games. LaFleur also passed Don Shula for the best win percentage in his first 40 games as NFL head coach at .825.

In the history of American football, only Guy Chamberlain, who coached the Canton Bulldogs during the 1920s, had more wins than LaFleur in his first 40 games as head coach. And LaFleur achieved this feat with undoubtedly the best win of his NFL coaching career.

The Packers were without their top 3 wide receivers, top 2 cornerbacks, All-Pro LT, All-Pro pass rusher, stating center, and defensive coordinator plus they were playing on a short week. Green Bay opened as +3.5 point underdogs and became +6.5 bottom dogs when Davante Adams was placed on the COVID-19 list earlier this week. But if bettors did their research, Aaron Rodgers was 9-2 SU and 8-3 ATS without Adams heading to Thursday night. It’s 10-2 SU and 9-3 ATS now.

Packers’ Odds

As for Green Bay, they now have the longest winning streak in the league at seven games and without question, they are the team with the big target on their back right now. According to the latest simulations from BetLabs, Green Bay now has a 98% chance of making the playoffs and has a 91% probability of winning the NFC North, and their Super Bowl probability went up by 1.6% to 8.2%.

At BetMGM, Green Bay has closed the gap in the NFC Conference odds. Their odds have shortened to +450 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams just slightly having better odds than them at +250 and +400, respectively. BetOnline also has Green Bay moving up to a tie with the Rams and Cowboys +900 in their Super Bowl LVI oddsboards with only the Bucs at +500 and the Bills at +525.

Green Bay had a tough offseason with the Aaron Rodgers situation. But once Rodgers decided to return for the Last Dance, everything fell into place. Sure, there were some doubters after Green Bay was blown out in Week 1 but there are more believers now that the Packers are 7-1 and tied for the best record in the NFL after the traditional halfway mark of the season.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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