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Packers vs Cardinals Odds - Packers to get past struggling Cardinals

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/18/2012 11:17:33 AM
online football bettingThe Packers vs Cardinals odds is the typical three-point spread we are accustomed to seeing in the preseason. In this case, it’s better to take the points. Online betting sharps have watched the Cardinals struggle this preseason while the Packers have been impressive. Stick with the road team in this contest.

Packers vs Cardinals odds: Cardinals -3

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Friday, August 28th – 10:00 PM ET
  • WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
  • PICK: Packers +3

Packers vs Cardinals odds maker breakdown: Offense

The Packers offense has been as fluid as fluid can be this offseason. They wanted to see Ryan Grant bounce back and he has. They wanted to make sure their passing game was smooth and it has been. They wanted to discover some depth on the offensive line and they have. Even though it’s still exhibition, the Packers offense is humming right now.

On the flip side, the Cardinals are at the opposite end of the spectrum. Even with Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals have managed just 16 points in their first two preseason games. Their running game has also been non-existent.

Betting Edge: Packers

Packers vs Cardinals odds maker breakdown: Defense

The defensive edge goes to the Packers in this game, even though they are transitioning to the 3-4 and were the inferior unit last year. The change in scheme has fired up this defense as they stifled the Buffalo Bills in last week’s preseason game. They have plenty of depth at linebacker and a good secondary, and their effort has been very good.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals have given up 37 points in their first two preseason games and have looked completely out of sync. The Cardinals defense is facing lots of skepticism as they struggled in the regular season last year but caught fire in the playoffs. A lot of people aren’t very sure whether this defense is competent or not.

Betting Edge: Packers

Packers vs Cardinals odds maker breakdown: Special Teams

Both teams have decent special teams, as Neil Rackers and Mason Crosby are among the best kickers in the game. NFL betting cappers would have to give the edge in returns to Steve Breaston and the Cardinals, though, as the Packers don’t have a return man of that caliber.

Betting Edge: Cardinals

Packers vs Cardinals odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries

The Cardinals will likely be without first-round pick Chris Wells once again in their third preseason game as he deals with an ankle sprain. Like last year, the Cardinals running attack has suffered without him.

Betting Edge: Packers

Packers vs Cardinals betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick

The Cardinals are a three-point favorite in the sportsbook but they haven’t played well so far this preseason. Meanwhile, the Packers have taken the exhibition games seriously, outscoring their opponents 48-21 in two wins. Look for them to move to 3-0 in the preseason with another on Friday.

STAN’S PICK: Packers +3

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Stan Simmons first tasted football through the college game, but his football handicapping has strictly focused on the professional sport. Not many people devote as much time to the NFL as Simmons. For six days a week he works, labors and handicaps the sport, and on the seventh he rests as the games play out. Thoughts or questions?



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