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APC NFL Picks, Week 13: Packers should bounce back against 2-9 Cardinals

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Will we see the return of happy Aaron Rodgers on Sunday? APC’s writers say yes.

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It feels like it has been forever since Aaron Rodgers looked like he was having fun on the football field. The Green Bay Packers are 1-4 since their bye week, posting that record in a five-game stretch that everyone knew would be the most difficult of their 2018 schedule. However, it is the way that the Packers lost some of those games that is tough to swallow, as the team often gave away chances to either come back from behind or take the lead late with crucial mistakes.

Of course, the offense has struggled after the opening quarter or so in the past two games in particular, leading to continued questions about the relationship between Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy. With multiple stories about the two coming out daily, it seems that they could really use an easy matchup at home to get back on track.

That’s just what the Packers have on paper this week, as they are two-touchdown favorites over the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday. They will need to take a big first step towards winning out down the stretch in this game, and better execution on third downs — on both sides of the football — would be a good sign for the team moving forward.

This week, all of APC’s contributors see a Packers victory in the cards, so give us your predictions in the comments and tune in on Sunday afternoon to see how this contest goes.

Week 13 Picks

Game Tex Jason Peter Kris Bob Jon M Jordan Matub Mike Paul Shawn Wendi Zach APC Pick
Game Tex Jason Peter Kris Bob Jon M Jordan Matub Mike Paul Shawn Wendi Zach APC Pick
NO @ DAL NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO*
BAL @ ATL BAL ATL ATL BAL ATL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL ATL ATL ATL BAL
DEN @ CIN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN*
LAR @ DET LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR*
ARI @ GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB*
CLE @ HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU CLE CLE HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU
IND @ JAX IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND*
BUF @ MIA BUF MIA MIA MIA MIA MIA BUF MIA MIA MIA MIA MIA MIA MIA
CHI @ NYG CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI NYG CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI
CAR @ TB CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR*
KC @ OAK KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC*
NYJ @ TEN TEN TEN TEN TEN TEN TEN TEN TEN TEN TEN TEN TEN TEN TEN*
MIN @ NE NE NE NE NE MIN NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE
SF @ SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA*
LAC @ PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT LAC LAC LAC LAC PIT LAC PIT PIT PIT PIT
WAS @ PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI*