Free NFL Picks & Betting Odds Preview: Packers vs. Cardinals

David Lawrence

Saturday, December 26, 2015 1:57 PM GMT

The 12-2 Cardinals host 10-4 Green Bay Sunday. The Cardinals are hoping that Carolina slips up and they can steal the top seed in the NFC, while the Packers can clinch the NFC North this week.

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Opening Odds & Line Movement
Open: -4.5 -105 at Pinnacle
The Cardinals came out as 4.5-point favorites at home and while the NFL odds dipped to -4, it went back to -4.5. The Packers have won three in a row after a 30-20 win in Oakland and the offense seems to be back on track, scoring 85 points over the last three games. The Cardinals have put together an eight-game winning streak after a 40-17 mauling of Philadelphia on the road. Carolina has gotten most of the attention for being unbeaten, but the Cardinals have been right there all season and a healthy Carson Palmer at quarterback makes a world of difference. He'll go up against Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers on the other side, but both of these defenses are very solid as well. The Packers are fifth in points allowed, while the Cardinals are right behind them in sixth. While the focus will be on the offenses, the defenses could take over this game.

Packers vs. Cardinals Spread

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Packers vs. Cardinals Totals

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Packers vs. Cardinals Money Line

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Injuries
The Packers finally put WR Ty Montgomery on the injured-reserve list because of his ankle, something that has been bothering him for weeks. He'll have surgery on it, and hopefully be ready for 2016. C/LS Brett Goode joins him on the injured-reserve list because of a torn ACL.

The Cardinals suffered a huge loss as S Tyrann Mathieu, arguably their best defensive back, has a torn ACL. He is out for the season and the Cardinals are just hoping he can be ready for next season. RB Andre Ellington has missed time because of his toe, but David Johnson ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns against the Eagles. Don't expect Arizona to rush Ellington back.

 

Trends
The Packers are 9-5 ATS and 5-2 ATS on the road this season, while the Cardinals are 8-6 ATS and 2-4 ATS at home. The total for this game is 49.5, and the Packers have gone under nine times. The Cardinals have gone over nine times.

The Cardinals are 2-7 SU and 3-6 ATS in nine meetings with the Packers, who are 4-2 SU and 3-3 ATS in six trips to Arizona.

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