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Seth Cox of SB Nation’s Arizona Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds provides a model game plan for the Packers.

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On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field to take on the Arizona Cardinals. Seth Cox of Revenge of the Birds was kind enough to answer some of our questions about the Cardinals. Acme Packing Company will post all of his answers over the course of the week.

APC: If you were game planning against the Cardinals, how would you attack them on offense? On defense?

If you are the Packers offense, you are playing a team with a great pass rush and nothing else. Avoid Patrick Peterson, throw quick timing routes, and run the football and you’ll score points and move the ball.

Aaron Jones, if you have him in any fantasy league, should be an auto-start this week against a Cardinals defense that is the worst in the NFL against the run. It will only get worse this week as the Cardinals just placed Josh Bynes, their best linebacker by any and every metric, on injured reserve.

Defensively, it seems like if the Packers have 11 warm bodies they should give the Cardinals problems. The Cardinals seemed to be getting it going against an admittedly awful Raiders team, scoring 21 points.

Then, in the Chargers game they came out and looked… competent for 15 minutes.

Then they forced a turnover inside Chargers territory, went three and out and had to kick a field goal, which Phil Dawson promptly blew and the wheels came off. That’s the biggest thing from this team in 2018. As soon as something goes wrong, it is over.

They withstood the initial Chargers touchdown, punted back to the Chargers and forced a turnover. Then the offense couldn’t score, which immediately resulted in the entire team going… Here we go again.

The Cardinals ran six freaking offensive plays in the third quarter. Six! I don’t even know how that is possible, but it was an upgrade from the week before when they only ran five. An NFL team has ran 11 total offensive plays the last two weeks in the third quarter.

This season is awful.

We’d like to thank Seth and Revenge of the Birds for his insight. Be sure to check out our other Q&A session over there, as well as their fantastic coverage of all things Cardinals. As always, keep your internet machines tuned to Acme Packing Company this Sunday for our comprehensive game-day coverage of Cardinals versus Packers.