Thank goodness that NFL teams generally only have to play one game per year on Thursday Night Football. For the Green Bay Packers, that game takes place tonight, as they took a long flight on Wednesday to get to the Southwest, where they will meet the Arizona Cardinals this evening.
Both teams head into this game with some major injuries to deal with. The Cardinals will not have the services of defensive end J.J. Watt, who is out with a shoulder injury, and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is questionable with a hamstring issue. The Packers, meanwhile, have both Davante Adams and Allen Lazard on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while several other key contributors are on injured reserve.
This game will also be the first meeting between these two teams since the debacle in 2018 that led to the firing of Mike McCarthy as the Packers’ head coach. That 20-17 Cardinals win at Lambeau Field was the impetus for that move, which shook up the organization and eventually lead to the hiring of Matt LaFleur. Of course, the Packers have had tremendous success under LaFleur in his two-plus seasons, going 13-3 in both 2019 and 2020 and getting off to a 6-1 start this season.
Can the Packers overcome absences at a number of key positions and find a way to defeat the only unbeaten team left in the NFL? Or will the Cardinals’ talent and speed hand Green Bay their second loss? Here’s your Game Primer with all of the details on how you can tune in tonight to find out.
Green Bay Packers (6-1) vs. Arizona Cardinals (7-0)
State Farm Stadium
Thursday, October 28, 2021
5:20 PM Pacific Time (8:20 PM Eastern)
Channels: FOX & NFL Network
Commentators: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Kristina Pink
Point spread: Cardinals favored by 6.5 points
Over/under total: 51.0
Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.
Week 13 2018: Cardinals 20, @Packers 17
All-Time Head-to-Head Record
Regular season: Packers lead 46-24-4
Postseason: Cardinals lead 2-1