Cardinals get ninth-straight win with rout of Packers

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The Panthers gave up the NFL’s longest winning streak with their loss to the Falcons on Sunday, leaving the Chiefs with the spot after their win over the Browns and the Cardinals with a chance to join them in the late window.

They didn’t leave any doubt about whether they’d grab it or not. After a scoreless first quarter, the Cardinals caught fire on both sides of the ball and simply flattened the Packers on the way to a 38-8 victory. It’s nine in a row for Arizona, the first time the franchise has pulled that off since 1948, and the win gives them a chance to earn the top seed in the NFC next week if they win and the Panthers lose again.

Whether they are the No. 1 or the No. 2, the Cardinals look like they’re going to be a very tough out come January. Their offense put up 381 yards, Carson Palmer threw two touchdowns and rookie running back David Johnson continued to thrive before all the starters took a rest in the fourth quarter. Good as the offense was, the defense was the reason this one got out of hand.

The Cardinals sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times and returned two of his fumbles for touchdowns before Mike McCarthy decided to let Scott Tolzien play out the string. Dwight Freeney had three sacks, Calais Campbell added 2.5 more and the Packers offensive line looked incapable of putting up any fight for much of the afternoon against a defense that didn’t seem to be missing Tyrann Mathieu this weekend.

It didn’t help that they were missing left tackle David Bakhtiari all day and right tackle Bryan Bulaga for most of the second half, but the offensive issues for the Packers started long before they arrived in the desert. Mike McCarthy took back the play calling duties, but nothing was working for the Packers until way after the game had been decided and it wasn’t like they caught fire at that point in the proceedings.

They’ll need to find some answers by next Sunday’s game against the Vikings, which will decide an NFC North race that is going down to the wire.

109 responses to “Cardinals get ninth-straight win with rout of Packers

  1. Aaron Rodgers as benched for Tolzien’

    ‘Aaron Rodgers quit on his team’

    These would be the headlines if Cutler were playing this game.

  2. This Packers team reminds me of the team that limped in under Mike Sherman/Brett Favre about 10 years ago and then was trounced by Minnesota in 1st round. The next year the Packers went 4-12 and Sherman was fired.

    The draft and develop only works when you hit on most of your picks. Too many busts and average players have been drafted recently. Davante Adams is a huge bust – I hope they play that ball that went through his hands like a ball going through a hoop over & over again.

  3. And it wasn’t as close as the score might indicate. The Cards dominated every phase at every position.

  4. Packers will beat the Vikings.
    Last win of the year though.

    Packers problem is that they can’t admit they have a problem.

  5. Cards are definitely looking like the team to beat at the moment. Health will probably be this year’s deciding factor but if they avoid a major injury along the way it’s hard to see them not getting to the SB

  6. That was the most fun I had in a LONG time! Packers got smoked, see you girls next week.

  7. Oh, fear not GB. Roger Goodell and his band of incompetents (officials) will not allow GB to lose the division on the last game of the regular season and to the Minnesota Vikings.

    The officiating crew in the game today was heavily scrutinized for the way they did things last week in the Giants-Panthers game. They had to call the game right down the middle, and this is what happens when GB plays a good team and the officials are unbiased, they get their butts handed to them.

    While every fan that doesn’t wear a block of cheese on their head, they know that the Vikings are the better team. The Vikings have a better Special Teams, a much better Defense, a much better RB, and a much better coaching staff. The only thing I will give GB over the Vikings at this point is the QB position. However, over the next couple of seasons, that will all be different. Rodgers, the way he takes a beating will be lucky if he is still walking in 2 years.

    #MinnesotaoverGB
    #SkolVikings
    #NoPackNo

  8. This game reinforces my feeling that Green Bay relies too much on the Pass Interference pentalties with rodgers bombing those deep routes.
    Great win by Arizona though, no doubts about it.

  9. purplengold says:
    Dec 27, 2015 10:22 AM
    They will take such a beating today from the Cardinals, Aaron will be running for his life.

    ——-
    Chattering Cheeseheads!
    As their team circles the drain,
    They live in the past.

  10. Has Aaron Rodgers ever taken a loss like a man?

    It was obvious to everyone else that the better team won tonight.

  11. Packers need to hit reset before Rodgers is out of his prime, which he might be showing signs that he is moving out of now. He hasn’t been that great the last 2 years, and losing Jordy Nelson shouldn’t send your whole offense into a tailspin like that injury apparently did to theirs.

  12. Well, pass-rush and the loss of the Honey Badger was my biggest concerns about the Cards. I guess the first is OK…

  13. The Cardinals just get better and better all the time. Nice to see the Bidwell’s finally getting their act together. Hiring Steve Keim and firing Rod Graves was the play of the century for them.

  14. Choking now sets us up so we don’t feel quite so bad later when we choke. So actually, fellow Packer fans, it’s a good thing!

  15. The Cardinals are by far the scariest team to face going into the playoffs in ever division. Amazing what the new GM and Arians did with that team in their first three years.

  16. My favorite part was when Redding slapped Fat Eddie to the ground on his way to the end zone.
    Arizona broke cheesebays will. The Vikes will break cheesebays hearts.

  17. After a showing like that, I have no idea how any Packer fans can be at all excited about the playoffs. The Cards showed that they are peaking. The Packers just showed that their better days are behind them.

  18. Vikings fans are absolutely precious! The Vikings got stomped by a struggling Packers team a few weeks ago. The match up favors Green Bay because the Vikings aren’t very good either. Stop acting like you all know something. I would think the Packers dominance in the division in recent years would at least have taught you all to keep calm until the Vikings actually do something. Sure, the Packers aren’t good enough to make any noise in the post season this year, but they are still better than the Vikings.

  19. Yes, it was a rout.
    Congratulations to the Cards and their fans.
    This Cardinals team left Green Bay as impotent as the Broncos did.

    If I were a Viking fan I would go to my trusty rolodex of excuses.

    1. The refs cheated us again.

    2. The league doesn’t like us.

    3. All of our injuries kept us from winning.

    4. Our star running back abuses his children and was placed on the NFL exempt list for 15 games.

    But, I digress.

    The Packers looked horrible today. Beyond horrible.
    To call the Packers performance today as horrible is an insult to Hagar.

    No excuses.
    And quite honestly, I’m not sure they’re going to be able to right this ship.
    Though I had some of the same doubts in 2010.

    On the bright side, we are in the playoffs again, with a chance to win the NFC North for the 5th year in a row.
    And of course, a shot at notching that all important home playoff game.

    Cards looked awesome tonight, and seriously, it’s hard to not root for a guy like Carson Palmer.
    Classy player, who’s fought through a tremendous amount of adversity.
    Dedicated himself and battled to get himself and that talented defense to the NFL’s elite. Again.

  20. I wouldn’t worry too much about this one. We would have won that game easily if Raji hadn’t gotten hurt, and the refs didn’t blow all those calls, and if Starks hadn’t fumbled, and if Adams could make a catch, and if Palmer hadn’t suited up, and if Jordy hadn’t gotten hurt, and if Clements re-took over the play calling, and if Rodgers didn’t throw that red zone interception, and if Rodgers didn’t fumble, and if Rodgers didn’t fumble again, and if Lacy’s ribs felt better.

    The Cardinals dodged a bullet.

  21. The Cards are the team to beat in the NFC. I just think that they are to complete. I think they are better than Carolina.

  22. This was billed as a measuring stick game for Green Bay, and it was. Time to pack it up and hope things break our way next year.

  23. stellarperformance says:
    Dec 27, 2015 7:57 PM
    The Packers aren’t very good this year, but they still own the Vikings.
    —–
    Oh hey – it’s the guy that demands respect because of what the packers do. You still want respect after today’s game? Yes? No?

  24. Green Bay may have to go through this all again in AZ in a few weeks. I’m sure the Cards are hoping so.

  25. I have to say what nobody will come out and say. Aaron Rodgers is beginning his decline. He is now 32 years old.

    Favre’s best years as a Packers were all in his 20’s. Don Majkowski’s last game as a Packer was at the age of 28.

    32 is not young. He is beginning to decline.

  26. .
    The Cardinals rout comes after they lose their starting CB for the season.

    As a fan of the Patriots whose offensive line closely resembles GB, I can’t say I’d be looking forward to a play date with Arizona right now.
    .

  27. Planet smug gets its due. Rodgers, Matthews, and company are going to have to go back to school. They looked like tools. Incidentally, this game gives me hope that maybe some day the refs won’t call every game for the Packers (one small step for the NFL). I can’t imagine Lambeau will ever be fair though.

  28. Wow! So the Packers have nothing without the refs’ help?
    We’ll watch closely next week and see if the refs let a fair game play out.

  29. Viking fans calling packer fans arrogant funny stuff !!

    Viking fan cries about the refs every game they play.

    Yes packers got beat down teams that have beat us come join in : Vikings you are not included as pathetic as we are we still beat you down in your house o yeah the refs did !!

  30. GB is not as good as in previous years obviously. They have been downright bad ina few games, and good in a few as well. We can compare who beat who by this score or that all day.

    Yet GB still leads a division whilst playing at that calibur.

    Keep hating I guess.

  31. Any fans of teams that have beaten the Packers this year are entitled to pile on. The Packers are not very good.

    Within the division this includes the Bears and the Lions fans. However, it does not include Viking fans. The Packers still own the Vikings.

    No insults, no putdowns, no exaggerations, no lies. That’s the MO of Viking trolls.

    Nope….just a simple fact. As bad as the Packers may be this year, they still own the Vikings.

    Deal with it.

  32. I for one respect the cardinals organization and their fans. Congrats on destroying our team today.

    I hope the Packers get a second chance and do better in that game, but it’s getting clearer and clearer that it isn’t the Packers year.

    Good luck in the Playoffs, Cards fans.

    >

  33. “Packers beat themselves
    ————
    Do the Packers ever get beat by another team?
    The most arrogant fans.”

    ———-

    EXACTLY! I watched the game today, and I can say with relative confidence….. the Packers didn’t beat themselves. They got beat by a thoroughly better football team. It happens.

  34. Wow. The cards did to us what we regularly do to the Vikings.

    If this happened to us 10 times in the past 5 years I’d be bitter and hate life, just like Minnesotans.

    Good thing routs like this rarely happen to the Packers.

  35. the packers miss jordy nelson and jermichael finley badly. they would never gotten blown out today with them and both of their starting offensive tackles on the field.

  36. purpleandgoldforever says:
    Dec 27, 2015 8:34 PM
    MN plays the Cards and loses by 3
    GB plays the Cards and loses by 30

    What else do you need to know?
    ///////////////////////////

    I would like to know who won when Green Bay and Minnesota played head-to-head.

    Hello? …………….Hello?

  37. The Packers have two more wins ahead of them:

    Week 17 narrow victory over Minnesota.
    Wild Card stomping of Washington.

    Logicalvoicepft approves this message.

  38. When will packer fans face the fact that they are void of talent. 25 years of mvp quarterback play and 2 championships. Wolf got favre and draft dared them to take A rod. What have they put around them?

  39. Great team win, however this win is not the goal. Bring on Seattle and the postseason! The Cardinals have lots of work ahead of them, but I am honored to see the best Cards team fielded since 88!!

  40. I love all the haters writing the Packers off. That’s exactly what everyone did in 2010, and look how that turned out.

  41. stellarperformance says:
    Dec 27, 2015 8:57 PM

    purpleandgoldforever says:
    Dec 27, 2015 8:34 PM
    MN plays the Cards and loses by 3
    GB plays the Cards and loses by 30

    What else do you need to know?
    ///////////////////////////

    I would like to know who won when Green Bay and Minnesota played head-to-head.

    Hello? …………….Hello?

    ———–
    Wait, I saw as part of your meltdown on another thread where you were boasting, for whatever reason, that you are not even reading posts from Viking fans. Clearly you are not being honest

  42. For the people proclaiming AZ now the favorite in the NFC, you need to look at the difference between them at home and on the road. So next week’s games will be pivotal since home field will mean lots. If Carolina keeps it, I can’t pick against them with Arizona struggling almost every time they went on the road this year. If Arizona gets it, Carolina will have a tough time winning in that dome even though I give them the better chance because they have a better top to bottom roster.

  43. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Dec 27, 2015 9:25 PM
    I love all the haters writing the Packers off. That’s exactly what everyone did in 2010, and look how that turned out.
    —–
    When you have nothing good today you might as well talk about the past.

    You guys talk about the past a LOT.

  44. The Pack never showed up – it is a fact. We keep dropping balls – it is a fact. AR is not his usual accurate self – that is a fact. We are still in the playoffs for the 5th year in a row – or is it 7th – the playoffs are a fact. There are 20 other teams not in the playoffs – or wont be in the playoffs – another fact. We may not be set up to go far in the playoffs – when you lose your 2 top offensive players and when your Oline has an off year and is really nicked up – there is going to be issues. But on any given Sunday anybody can beat anybody. I am hoping that we lose to Minnie and then get to go to Washington. I want to see if Seattle can beat Minnie on a very cold day – let see Russell run and get bounced off the frozen tundra.

  45. Vikings hanging their hats on barely losing to the Cards. I mean if they barely lost to the Cardinals and the Cardinals dominated the Packers, that must mean Vikings are really good right? Wrong… Vikings want to talk about having injuries that game but Cards were missing key players as well and it was a short week. Both teams were beat up and tired.

    Lets not forget the week prior to the Seahawks beating the Vikings the Cards went into Seattle and put up 39 points to beat that same Seahawks team. Cards smacked the Rams second time around, Seahawks got smacked by the Rams today. Cards beat the Bengals when they only lost 1 game at that time. They beat the 8-5 Vikings, they demolished the Eagles then turn around and demolish the 10-5 Packers.

    But yeah, they suck because they barely beat the Vikings right?

  46. As a Packer fan, yes they are down on talent this year and i am amazed they have won 10 games as badly as they have played.Many issues need addressed in the off season including some coaching changes.Even with the Cards kicking the Packers butts,i would like to see Palmer and Fitzgerald win a Superbowl.

  47. Funny how every packer fans say things about how Bridgewater has small hands, yet it’s Rodgers that can’t hang onto the ball when he is being drilled into the ground.

    Yes, your team is favored and protected, it’s been that way for years. Your QB’s are more protected than the Bald Eagle. When Favre was a Packer, you couldn’t sneeze, burp, or fart in his direction without a flag thrown. When he was a Viking, the refs turned their heads.

    Now Rodgers gets that same protection, and unfortunately for you “fans” it couldn’t help you when he got sacked more than he had completed passes.

    #MinnesotaoverGB
    #SkolVikings
    #NoPackNo

  48. I shake my head at Packers fans who join with Vikings fans in criticizing Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has no help on offense with this team. The WR’s are a bunch of #3’s, the TE’s stink, and Eddie Lacy is a head case.
    It’s so bad, that Randall Cobb has to line up as a RB.

    It’s tough to be good for a long time, and the Packers have been good since the early 90’s. It’s clear the young guys they were counting on this year did not take the steps up that they were counting on.
    And it’s also clear just how good Jordy Nelson is. He made the whole offense go. No one else on the Packers can come close to him.

    But don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched, Vikings fans. You still haven’t won anything and as usual, you won’t win again this year.

    Two teams I do not want to see win in the NFC no matter what happens are the Seahawks and Cards. I’ll root for the Panthers over either of them if it comes down to that.

  49. “realfootballfan says:
    Dec 27, 2015 9:57 PM
    For the people proclaiming AZ now the favorite in the NFC, you need to look at the difference between them at home and on the road. So next week’s games will be pivotal since home field will mean lots. If Carolina keeps it, I can’t pick against them with Arizona struggling almost every time they went on the road this year. If Arizona gets it, Carolina will have a tough time winning in that dome even though I give them the better chance because they have a better top to bottom roster.

    1 4
    Report comment”

    I’d suggest you take your own advice and look into the difference between the Cards at home and on the road. 7-1, 274 points on the road. 6-1, 223 points at home.

  50. Do Viking fans ever stop whining about the refs?
    Even when the Packers lose in a game that doesn’t involve them, they still have to wring their hands and share their teenage angst over it.

    You are seriously embarrassing yourselves.
    Not that it would matter to fans who spend their Sundays wearing pigtails and cheering for a child abuser.

    skoLOL!

  51. Oh, and 138 points against on the road, 125 at home in one less home game. 4 20+ point wins on the road. Realfootballfan you should be forced by PFT to change your screen name.

  52. canadapackers says:Dec 27, 2015 10:09 PM

    The Pack never showed up – it is a fact. We keep dropping balls – it is a fact. AR is not his usual accurate self – that is a fact.
    ___________________
    Packers showed up … if they dropped balls or AR is not his self, give credit to the Cards … that is a fact.

  53. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Dec 27, 2015 9:25 PM

    I love all the haters writing the Packers off. That’s exactly what everyone did in 2010, and look how that turned out.
    —————————————————————
    I’m a big fan of the Pack, but I don’t think that is gonna happen this year. AR just don’t look like he is into the games. Can’t always blame the WR’s. He needs to take some of the blame.

  54. dejc421 says:
    Dec 27, 2015 10:51 PM
    canadapackers says:Dec 27, 2015 10:09 PM

    The Pack never showed up – it is a fact. We keep dropping balls – it is a fact. AR is not his usual accurate self – that is a fact.
    ___________________
    Packers showed up … if they dropped balls or AR is not his self, give credit to the Cards … that is a fact.

    You are absolutely correct – there are 2 games that the Pack really got beat this year ( Denver and tonight) – those are facts.

  55. To my fellow Vikings fans: Enjoy the events of today but keep your mouths shut about next game. Last time we ended up with out feet in our mouths. Expecting a heckuva game next week! 🙂

  56. Rodgers is starting to feel the pain Favre had to feel in his later years.
    Only Building through the draft can only get you so far. Well… about as far as they’ve gotten.
    Thompsons stubbornness is what creates this issue.
    They could have looked for a veteran receiver or two (other then Jones)
    But that would go against Thompson ideals.

  57. Wow. An entire slew of negative comments for the Packers and overwhelming positive for the Cardinals. A drubbing. A clubbing. A beatdown. Pathetic. I like the coach of the Cardinals and Fitz and Palmer but hey, I expect a team with a superstar qb and a head coach with a sixty plus win percentage to be able to at least put up something of a fight on the road in a big game.

    Blame for this weeks green bay meltdown is to be spread around I suppose, but I question those who question the draft and develop system in place, specifically that TT is overrated and the guys on the field don’t have the talent or haven’t broken out or what have you. This team has the winning formula with vets all over and young bucks waiting for there shot and guys like Mike Neal and Datone Jones making a play or two a game. The receivers have been horrible and combined with shotty pass protection Rodgers has been running for his life. The blame should be pointed at McCarthy for not getting the O ready but the players have not performed despite a playoff caliber record. Especially Rodgers.

    I think something is happening behind the scenes that we don’t know about. Honestly, I think Rodgers is opposed to this one system works all the time and that’s how it is. He might want Mike out.

    Or maybe he’s gone Hollywood. He’s been acting more smug and short with reporters recently. Who the hell knows, but something is up far bigger than his lack of time to throw the ball and his receivers struggling to get open. I smell it.

  58. Stick a fork in ya packers not just for this year but for all the immediate future. Aaron is a girly man and you are pretty much done (FOR GOOD). YOU WILL NEVER WIN ANOTHER SUPER BOWL WITH HIM…Bank it!!

  59. 25 years of two of the best QBs to ever lace them up and we continually hear about GB being the class of the NFL. Shouldn’t the appropriate description be ‘underachievers’?

    And aren’t the elite QBs supposed to ‘make their receivers better’? Are we really to accept that Jordy Nelson (who may be one of the most underrated receivers in the NFL) had THAT much of an impact on the overall offense? If we do, that’s quite an indictment on Rodgers.

  60. You know how certain guys have down years because of things going on in their personal lives (i.e. Patrick Sharp with the Blackhawks last season)?

    Methinks this is what’s happening with Rodgers. All of that stress of living on the downlow and keeping up the charade has taken it’s toll.

    #OliviaMunnisthebeard

  61. That’s twice this year where we have thoroughly got our asses kicked. Both times have been from good DLs that have blitzed us like crazy. It seems like there is a clear blueprint to beat the Packers for a team with a good DL. Combine that with the fact the our receivers suck this year and and our offense looks very average… and it’s looking like another early exit from the playoffs. Boo.

  62. usdcoyotesfan,
    Pretty sure in 2010 the Packers were on a 5 game winning streak going into the playoffs, not limping in, and played Matt Ryan, Michael Vick, and Jay Cutler on the way to the Super Bowl. I don’t see those underwhelming playoff QB performers in this go around.

  63. usdcoyotesfan,
    Pretty sure in 2010 the Packers were on a 5 game winning streak going into the playoffs, not limping in, and played Matt Ryan, Michael Vick, and Jay Cutler on the way to the Super Bowl. I don’t see those underwhelming playoff QB performers in this go around.
    _____________

    Keep in mind, that Cutler got injured in that NFC Championship Game.

    The Bears played almost the entire second half with Caleb Hanie. Hanie threw a pick 6 to BJ Raji (yes) and then threw another pick late in the 4th inside the GB 30.

    Translation: even more underwhelming than underwhelming.

  64. rlpftt says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:31 PM

    The Packers are a team in full decline.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    You wish…In your dreams! The Pack will regroup and be back as strong as ever next year. Enjoy your 15 minutes of glory, Viks fans.

  65. Vikes 10-5 QB is 23 years old and averaging 7.2 ypa.
    Packers 10-5 QB I 32 and averaging 6.8 ypa.
    (Checkdown teddy, right? LOLZ)

    Vikes 8th ranked defense is full of 1st and 2nd season stars who are only going to get better.

    Packers 11th ranked defense proved itself feeble when it was faced with a competent offense, and it’s lacking in young stars.

    Vikes receivers are fast.
    Pack receivers are slow.

    AP at age 30 can’t be stopped.
    Lacy’s buffet visits can’t be stopped.

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