By Bobby Pollier, EnStars | Nov 04, 2012 11:10 AM EST
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The Green Bay Packers (5-3) will take on the Arizona Cardinals (4-4) at Lambeau Field in Week 9 of NFL football action. QB Aaron Rogers and the heavily favored Packers will look to further exploit the struggling Cardinals, who are currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak.
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The Cardinals will have QB John Skelton under the microscope on a quarter-to-quarter basis. The slew of injuries to the Arizona offensive line has made it difficult for the team to have any pass protection or success out of the pocket. At the signal caller position, Arizona has collectively been at the receiving end of 39 sacks. Despite their ongoing struggles at the line, the Cardinals didn't follow through by the trade deadline to acquire any help. Arizona reportedly showed interest in acquiring Baltimore Ravens left tack Bryant McKinnie but didn't end up making any moves.
In terms of the rush, the Cardinals haven't fared too well either. During Monday night's defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona only ran the football eight times for a total of six yards. To top it off, an 11-yard run by the underperforming RB LaRod Stephens-Howling contributed to most of that yardage.
Although the Packers' defense doesn't compare to the 49ers', the Cardinals must still obtain a stronger performance out of Stephens-Howling in order to put the pressure on the Green Bay secondary.
On the defensive side for the Cardinals, CB Patrick Peterson must rebound from his dismal showing against the San Francisco offense. Peterson was dominated by the likes of WR Michael Crabtree, who reached the end zone twice. The cornerback also missed two tackle opportunities. Nonetheless, Arizona must put their pass rush in effect against Rogers and his arsenal of talented receivers in order to keep themselves in the football game.
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