staff predictions

Posted Oct 28, 2006

Most pundits feel Packers will win second straight game on Sunday

Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 5-1
Sunday's game: Packers 28, Cardinals 17
Comment: Mike McCarthy will get his first win at Lambeau Field as head coach of the Packers.

Ken Stills, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 5-1
Sunday's game: Green Bay 27, Arizona 17
Comment: The Cardinals are 0-5 in Lambeau Field in their last five tries and haven't beaten Green Bay since 1949. Combine that with a new offensive coordinator who couldn't mustar up a touchdown last week against a poor Raiders defense and shabby special team play and things don't look good for Arizona.

Green Bay is starting to establish its running game while Arizona is ranked last in the league in rush defense. Green Bay’s pass defense needs a lot of help. Joey Harrington passed for more than 400 yards last week and in my opinion the Cardinals have better receivers. Give Matt Leinart time and there could be some problems.

One thing about the NFL, you can't be one dimensional. Arizona needs to be able to run the football. The Cardinals haven't rushed for 100 yards in a game all season.

Harry Sydney, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 4-2
Sunday's game: Packers 24, Cardinals 17
Comment: This is a must win for the Packers, so I predict they will win even though I don't know what Cardinals team will show up. Just like the Packers need this win for all the right reasons, so does the Cardinals’ Denny Green. His football life might be at stake.

W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 4-2
Sunday's game: Packers 17, Cardinals 13
Comment: The fact that I'm picking them to win all but guarantees a loss, but how can you not pick the Pack to win this game? Against a terrible and mistake-prone Dolphins team, the Packers did enough things right to win. This week they face an equally inept Cards team that should've beat the Bears (Hey, Denny, are the Bears exactly who you thought they were?) but then got rolled by the Raiders. But Green Bay continues to make improvements each week on both sides of the ball and on Halloween weekend, they scare up one more 'W.'

Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 4-2
Sunday's game: Packers 31, Cards 17
Comment: The Packers are one of two teams in the NFL without a home win. The other is Cleveland. That changes Sunday, when new daddy Matt Leinart makes his first visit to Lambeau Field. Leinart's future is bright, but Sunday it's Brett Favre's world. Favre picks apart Arizona with a nondescript receiving corps, and with a bye upcoming for Arizona is this Denny Green's last game? If it is, he'll take the high road, just like he did in Minnesota.

Jay Royle, Publisher
Packers season prediction record: 4-2
Sunday's game: Cardinals 27, Packers 24
Comment: This is one of those games over the last couple years where it's become obvious the Pack is no longer dominant and Lambeau has lost its mystique. A 1-6 team coming in and the Pack coming off a good road win means an easy home win for the Pack right? Wrong. Cardinals play inspired ball here and Pack takes a step back.

Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 4-2
Sunday's game: Cardinals 24, Packers 23
Comment: The Packers are playing better, and should win this game. That's why they won't.

Todd Korth, Managing Editor
Packers season prediction record: 3-3
Sunday's game: Packers 27, Cardinals 14
Comment: The Packers’ coaching staff and players showed me last Sunday that they just might be turning the corner under Mike McCarthy. Look for the Packers to take the momentum they gained in Miami and bury the banged-up Cardinals on Sunday for McCarthy’s first home victory as Packers head coach.

Bob Fox, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 3-3
Sunday's game: Packers 27, Cardinals 13
Comment: The Green Bay season has a new lease on life as the Pack got their first ever road win against the Dolphins last week in Miami. The Cardinals are going in the opposite direction after imploding against the Bears two weeks ago and then losing last week to the then winless Raiders. The Packers are showing steady progress in the running game and Brett Favre has done a nice job directing the passing game. The defense has also brought its game up a notch, as CB Charles Woodson had by far his best game as a Packer last week. The Green Bay linebackers played exceptionally well against Miami as well. Look for Arizona rookie QB Matt Leinart to force some throws and give the Packer defense a chance to repeat getting three picks this week.

Tom Andrews, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 2-4
Sunday’s game: Packers 24, Cardinals 17
Comment: While the Packers showed some definite signs of life last week and had the resiliency to beat the Dolphins, their next task is to prove they can win again at Lambeau Field. Although they're playing the Arizona Cardinals who have been totally embarrassed the last two weeks including their Monday Night Meltdown against the Bears, this game could be much more difficult than it might initially appear. What worries me most about the Cardinals is that Denny Green's job may well be riding on the outcome. You can bet he will have his team fired up and he certainly knows how to win in Green Bay. As poorly as the Cards played last week, they have plenty of talent. Rookie QB Matt Leinart has fine receiving weapons in Anquan Boldin and Bryant Johnson. The Packers run defense will also have its hands full with Edgerrin James. The Cards also have a solid, young pass secondary and a disruptive pass rush. Still, this is a game the Packers can and should win. Re-gaining the Lambeau mystique is a top priority and they need to take the first baby step on Sunday.

Laura Veras Marran, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 2-4
Sunday's game: Packers 24, Cardinals 13
Comment: Buoyed by last week's success, the Packers should be able to handle the Cardinals' underachieving offense while putting up some points of their own. Look for another defensive TD this week.

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