Friday, January 8, 2010

2010 NFL Playoff Preview: Wild Card Weekend – Packers at Cardinals

The 2010 NFL playoffs begin this Saturday. I’ll gaze into my crystal ball and try to predict the outcome of each game, while also providing you with an in-depth preview and broadcast information. Sunday, CBS starts things off with NFL Today at noon, followed by their coverage of the Ravens and Patriots squaring off, while FOX gets things going with FOX NFL Sunday at 4pm before the Packers-Cardinals game.

Green Bay Packers @ Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, 4:30pm, FOX
Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth. Pam Oliver on the sidelines.

If my earlier prediction of the Eagles beating the Cowboys holds true, the table will already be set by the time this one gets underway. The storyline will have been jammed down our throats that, should the Packers win, they’ll head to Minnesota to face Brett Favre and the Vikings one more time.

The Packers shellacked the Cardinals last week. Once considered one of the worst in football, Green Bay’s offensive line has improved drastically, allowing Ryan Grant to actually look like a real running back again. Aaron Rodgers has been spectacular all season and is making Ted Thompson look smart for not taking Brett Favre back after he waffled on the Cheeseheads in 2008.

The injury to Anquan Boldin will play a big part in this game for the defending NFC champions. Boldin isn’t expected to play but even if he does, he won’t be at 100%. Steve Breaston hasn’t been the same receiver that he was in 2008, which will all amount to extra defensive pressure on Larry Fitzgerald.

So get ready for Favre against the Packers Part III, because Green Bay should win for the second week in a row against the Cardinals.

Prediction: Packers 35, Cardinals 20

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