Week 8 brings us a rare sight for a Thursday Night Football game, as we have two Super Bowl hopefuls facing off. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers take on Kyler Murray and his undefeated Cardinals.
Arizona is absolutely rolling heading into this matchup, coming off of back-to-back blowout wins over the Texans and Browns. Just two of Arizona’s seven wins this year have been decided by a touchdown or less.
Green Bay heads to Arizona with a 6-1 record behind yet another season of excellence from Rodgers. With superstar wideout Davante Adams hitting the Reserve/COVID list this weekend and reports of more potential additions to that list for Green Bay, Rodgers will have his work cut out for him facing a menacing Cardinals defense.
Good quarterback play can never be counted out in the NFL. There are plenty of interesting bets to look in to in what could be the most entertaining TNF game of the year.
Please note that all odds and lines are current as of 1:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 27.
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Cardinals -6.5 (-110) at WynnBET
Wager: 1.5 Units
This line has already been on the move following the Davante Adams news, which is reflected in the NFL gameday odds. Besides Derrick Henry, no skill position player in the league impacts their team’s chances of success as much as Adams does.
Needing two consecutive negative tests to play Thursday night, the sentiment is that Adams will not be able to play Thursday night. One other key absence the Packers will face is that of defensive coordinator Joe Barry, who is confirmed to be absent from this trip due to COVID.
Green Bay ranks among the top 10 in points allowed per game this season. A trip to Arizona without their DC should put a dent in that number.
Speaking of team defense, Arizona is currently tied with Buffalo for allowing the fewest points per game in 2021. The Cardinals get back pass rusher Chandler Jones this week, while Green Bay looks to fill the void in their offense left by Adams with the potential return from IR by Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
Kliff Kingsbury has his Cardinals firing on all cylinders. If the Packers were at full strength this would be a different story, but look for Arizona to take care of business and cover the spread.
If Adams remains out, I’d be comfortable betting the spread in favor of the Cardinals to -7.0. If Adams is active however, the -3.5 line from earlier in the week looks much more reasonable.
Arizona Cardinals Over 30.0 Points (-105) at WynnBET
Wager: 1 Unit
The Cardinals have scored 30+ points in six of their seven games this year and are still improving.
The emergence and subsequent loss of TE Maxx Williams led to the team trading for Zach Ertz. In his first game in Cardinal red, Ertz proved he still has gas in the tank, hauling in three reception for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Development on Arizona’s offense does not stop there, as the team has continued to figure out how to deploy their two main RBs.
James Conner looks to be the lead back for now, with Chase Edmonds providing explosiveness as a change of pace back. They aren’t the strongest pairing in the league, but Arizona knows where their main source of scoring will come from.
Surrounding an elite young QB with weapons like DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, A.J. Green, and Rondale Moore has paid off in dividends. Arizona ranks fourth in the league in points per game and will look to make a statement against Green Bay’s soft secondary.
I expect another 30+ point performance, making this our NFL bet of the day.
Packers Under 21.0 Points (-110) at WynnBET
Wager: 1 Unit
This could get ugly. Davante Adams leads the team with 73 targets. The next closest WR in total targets is Allen Lazard with 21, but after joining Adams on the Reserve/COVID list, it seems unlikely that he’ll be able to suit up.
Outside of the receivers, Aaron Jones and Robert Tonyan will be the new focal points of the offense sans Adams. After scoring four times in Week 2, Jones has scored just twice the rest of the year.
You can’t fault Green Bay for lacking depth behind Adams. When he’s healthy, they don’t need it. Unfortunately, we likely won’t get to see the best receiver on the planet do his job on primetime TV.
Without him, his impact will be apparent as the Packers struggle to put points on the board.
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Cardinals First Half Spread -3.5 (-115) at WynnBET
Wager: 1.25 Units
The Cardinals have had the lead at halftime in every game this year besides Week 3 at Jacksonville; a game they won thoroughly in the second half.
The only other game where Arizona wasn’t leading by at least a touchdown at half was their Week 2 nail-biter against Minnesota, when they went into the locker room at half with a one-point lead.
This team has been dominant, and they frequently show just how much better they are than their opponent by putting them behind early.
As long as Aaron Rodgers is on the field, the Packers are a dangerous adversary. I’d expect Arizona to try to put the game out of reach as soon as possible.
Nobody facing Green Bay wants to give Rodgers a chance in the fourth quarter.
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