Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals NFL Pick – TNF Week 8 October 28

It will be one of the marquee matchups of the NFL’s regular season to kick-off Thursday Night Football in Week 8, as the Green Bay Packers take on the Arizona Cardinals in a battle for NFC supremacy.

The Packers are an impressive 6-1, winning six straight contests following an early season drubbing vs. New Orleans. Aaron Rodgers has been excellent since that game, though he’ll get another stiff test from the Cardinals’ defense.

Arizona meanwhile was supposed to be good, but to be 7-0 to data is downright impressive. Kyler Murray is likely the lead candidate for this season’s MVP award as the Cardinals’ offense is clicking, while their defense is much improved compared to last season.

With both squads firmly jockeying for prime positions atop their respective divisions, it’s fair to suggest this showdown will have big-time playoff implications. And while Green Bay does enter with some potential COVID complications, they still represent Arizona’s toughest test to date. For added insight, live odds, trends, and the latest data – keep reading below for our betting analysis on the Packers vs. Cardinals as we look to open up Week 8 with another winner.

Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals Live Odds & Betting History

*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag

Spread:

  • Green Bay Packers +6.5 (-110)
  • Arizona Cardinals -6.5 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • Green Bay Packers (+230)
  • Arizona Cardinals (-280)
Total Points:

  • Over 50.5 (-110)
  • Under 50.5 (-110)
TEAM DATA PACKERS CARDINALS
Overall Record 6-1-0 7-0-0
ATS Record 6-1-0 6-1-0
Home/Away Record 3-0-0 3-0-0
Points Per Game 24.2 32.1
Points Against Per Game 20.9 16.3
Passing Yards Per Game 235.3 265.6
Rushing Yards Per Game 102.0 136.6

Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals Prediction

Unfortunately for the Packers, it’s very likely they’ll be a tad undermanned for Thursday’s pivotal clash atop the NFC as wideout Davante Adams is slated to miss this game with a minor illness. Typically wide receivers wouldn’t be that impactful to the point spread, but if you are familiar with Green Bay’s offense, it seems as if the Rodgers-to-Adams connection accounts for like 90% of it. Kidding, of course – but Adams moves the chains for the Packers and is having a dynamic season. Without him, Green Bay’s aerial attack thins out significantly.

Making matters worse for the Packers is the fact that they’ll also be missing multiple offensive lineman to protect Rodgers in the pocket. Without that time and space to operate, and without Davante Adams, Green Bay could face some struggles in the passing game. Aaron Jones will be called upon to fill the void, but the Cards’ have done quite well vs. opposing rushers this season.

On the other side of the ball, the Packers’ defensive injuries are improving but still not fully healthy just yet. It’s believed that both Kevin King and Preston Smith should return, but you do have to wonder about their health. Are they fully fit, or are they pining for an early return due to the magnitude of this contest?

Green Bay’s injuries along the defensive line have made them quite poor at getting to opposing QB’s. Kyler Murray will have time to survey downfield, and decide whether to test their secondary, or get on his horse for a patented scramble. His chemistry with DeAndre Hopkins right now is elite, and without Jaire Alexander, Hopkins is in line for another big outing.

Packers vs. Cardinals Trends To Know:

  • Cardinals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
  • Cardinals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
  • Cardinals are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games in October.
  • Packers are 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Under is 4-0 in Packers last 4 games following a ATS win.
  • Under is 4-1 in Cardinals last 5 games as a favorite.
  • Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona.

 

Despite the fact that Green Bay enters this game the more banged-up side, even if they were fully fit – I’m not sure they’d truly be able to challenge Kyler Murray and the Cards right now.  Green Bay’s 6-1 record is a bit of a mirage, and without Adams I’d expect to see this offense really struggle.  While it’s a lofty number, don’t expect the Packers to keep pace here. Roll with the favourite to cover the number on Thursday Night Football.

 

My Pick
Arizona -6.5
All Tags:
cardinals, packers
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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