Green Bay Packers (5-3) vs. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)
Noon, Sunday, Nov. 4, at Lambeau Field (Fox).
BY THE NUMBERS
Points for: Packers 26.0 (No. 10). Cardinals 15.9 (No. 31).
Points against: Packers 21.3 (Tie; 12th). Cardinals 17.8 (No. 4).
Turnover margin: Packers +3 (Tie, 9th). Cardinals +3 (Tie, 9th).
Packers offense vs. Cardinals defense: GB — Total: 344.6 (No. 21. Rushing 90.1; No. 26. Passing 254.5; No. 12.). ARIZ — Total: 312.8 (No. 6. Rushing 119.9; No. 21. Passing 192.9; No. 4.).
Packers defense vs. Cardinals offense: GB — Total: 342.1 (No. 13. Rushing 103.9; No. 12. Passing 238.3; No. 19.). ARIZ — Total: 289.9 (No. 31. Rushing 79.0; No. 31. Passing 210.9; No. 24.).
The Packers lead 44-23-4, including 1-1 in the playoffs, dating to the Packers facing the Chicago Cardinals in 1921. The Packers have won six of seven overall and are 6-0 at Lambeau Field.
CARDINALS: QB John Skelton had career-highs in att. (52) & comp. (32) last week & had 4th career game with 290+ yards (290)…In last road game, RB-KR La Rod Stephens-Howling had career-high 104 rush yards & TD. In 2 meetings (incl. playoffs), has 9 KR for 189 yards (21 avg.)…WR Larry Fitzgerald has 3 TD catches in 2 career meetings (incl. playoffs). Since 2005, leads NFL with 68 rec. TDs, is 2nd with 9,346 rec. yards & ranks 3rd with 680 catches. WR Andre Roberts has 7 TDs in past 12. WR Early Doucet had six catches for 77 yards & 2 TDs in WC playoff meeting…LB Daryl Washington ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 8 sacks. Had 2 sacks last week & aims for 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Is 1st Cardinal with 2+ sacks in consecutive games since 1999 (Eric Swann). Washington has 9 sacks in past 9. DT Darnell Dockett had sack in WC playoff meeting. LB O'Brien Schofield, a former Wisconsin star, has 4 sacks in past 6 games.
PACKERS: hrough 8 games, QB Aaron Rodgers has 21 TD passes. He is 1st QB in NFL history to have 20+ TD passes through his team's 1st 8 games in back-to-back seasons (24 TDs through 8 games in 2011). Had 115+ rating in both career meetings (incl. WC playoff), passing for 658 yards & 5 TDs for 120.8 rating in those 2. Packers are 25-0 when he starts & has 115+ rating…RB Alex Green had career-high 82 scrimmage yards last week (54 rush, 28 rec.). Aims for 5th in row with 60+ scrim. yards…WR James Jones scored 1st career postseason TD vs. Arz. in WC playoff. Leads teams with 7 TDs & needs 1 more for career high (7 in 2011). WR-PR-KR Randall Cobb is only player in NFL with 450+ KR (466), 450+ receiving (463), 150+ PR (165) & 50+ rush (67) yards. Has 4 TD catches in past 4 & aims for 3rd in row with TD. WR Jordy Nelson has 5 TDs in past 4…Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB Tramon Williams leads NFL with 15 INTs. LB Clay Matthews leads NFC with 9 sacks & needs 1 more for 3rd career 10+ sack season (10 in 2009; 13.5 in 2010). CB Casey Hayward leads all rookies with 4 INTs.
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