Packers-Cardinals: Game snapshot
Matt Leinart
Matt Leinart

Posted Oct 28, 2006

Stats, facts, rankings, prediction for Sunday's game

Arizona Cardinals (1-6) at Green Bay Packers (2-4)

WHEN: Sunday, Noon CT


TV: FOX, Ron Pitts, Terry Donohue

SERIES: 69th meeting. The Packers lead the series 42-22-4, including a 41-16 victory over the then-St. Louis Cardinals in an NFC first-round playoff game during the 1982 season at Green Bay in the teams' only postseason meeting. The Packers have won four of the last five encounters, dating to 1988. The Cardinals, though, won the last meeting, 20-13 in 2003 at Arizona. The Packers have won the last seven meetings in Wisconsin, dating to 1955, and are 5-0 at Lambeau Field.

2006 RANKINGS: Cardinals: offense 26th (32nd rush, 14th pass); defense 23rd (18th rush, 24th pass). Packers: offense 10th (18th rush, 6th pass); defense 32nd (10th rush, 32nd pass)

PREDICTION: Packers 27-24

KEYS TO THE GAME: With the Cardinals and Packers combining to allow 518.3 passing yards per game, balls will be flying all over Lambeau Field. But the team that can mount the better running attack might prove to be the victor. While the Packers received their first 100-yard rushing game of the season last weekend from RB Ahman Green, Cardinals RB Edgerrin James continues to voice frustration that he has gone longer than ever before without a 100-yard game to start a season. Arizona coach Dennis Green hinted there will be changes along the offensive line, but didn't say what they would be. The Packers are holding out hope that rookie WR Greg Jennings can overcome a right ankle injury in time to play because the receiving corps is frighteningly thin and the Cardinals can key on shutting down Donald Driver. Either way, expect a heavier dose of Ahman Green early on as the Packers search for offensive balance.

FAST FACTS: Cardinals: SS Adrian Wilson leads NFL defensive backs with 12 sacks since 2005. ... QB Matt Leinart seeks to become team's first rookie quarterback to win a game since Jake Plummer in 1997. Packers: OLB A.J. Hawk is on pace for 155 tackles. The franchise rookie record is 166 by Rich Wingo in 1979. ... Have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in their past eight games.

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