Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws against the Washington Football team during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct 24. 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
The 7-0 Arizona Cardinals are 3.5-point home favorites over the Green Bay Packers in the opening line for the NFL’s Week 8 edition of TNF
TNF Betting Record: 0-0 ML; 2-3 ATS; 1-1 O/U; -1.15 units
Green Bay has won six games in a row
The two hottest teams in the NFL are getting together on the Week 8 edition of TNF, as the unbeaten 7-0 Arizona Cardinals play host to the 6-1 Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay has won six games in a row since being handed a season-opening 38-3 drubbing by the New Orleans Saints.
It’s Arizona that oddsmakers are opting to go with in this one as the 3.5-point favorites. The Cardinals have dominated this series of late, winning three in a row from Green Bay.
Packers vs Cardinals Opening Odds
Green Bay Packers
O 53.5 (-110)
U 53.5 (-110)
Odds as of October 24th at FanDuel
Kickoff for Thursday’s game at State Farm Stadium is set for 8:20 pm ET. A perfect Arizona evening of clear skies, 5 mph wind and a temperature of 80 degrees is being forecast for game time.
Packers Keep Rolling Along
If history does in fact repeat itself, then the Packers could be standing in good stead. Like this year’s Packers, last season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a season-opening 38-3 drubbing at New Orleans. Tampa Bay ended up winning the Super Bowl. The Bucs beat Green Bay at Lambeau Field in the NFC Championship Game to punch their ticket to the big dance.
The Packers are getting the job done on both sides of the football during their six-game win streak. They’ve scored at least 24 points in every game, while allowing 17 or less in three games.
6️⃣ wins in a row! #WASvsGB | #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/fGRKPshFXl
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 24, 2021
They’ve never surrendered more than 28 points during any of the six wins. Three of the victories were achieved via double-digit margins. Green Bay has won three at home and three on the road.
In Sunday’s 24-10 win over the Washington Football Team, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns. Green Bay held Washington scoreless on five trips inside the Green Bay 30-yard line and twice inside the red zone. Prior to this week, the Packers allowed a score every time an opponent entered the red zone.
Arizona overcame an early 5-0 deficit to roll the Houston Texans 31-5. It’s the sixth time in seven games the Cardinals have posted at least 30 points. The last time the team did that was 1940.
As well, it was the sixth time in seven games they’ve held an opponent under 20 points or less. That leads the NFL.
INTRODUCING… ZACH ERTZ.@ZERTZ_86 x #NationalTightEndsDay pic.twitter.com/gdSYxHsLLB
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 24, 2021
Arizona also ended up covering a massive 20.5-point spread against the Texans. The Cards are 7-0 for the first time since 1974.
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray threw three touchdowns in a game for the 11th time during his three NFL seasons. Newly-acquired tight end Zac Ertz caught one of those TD passes.
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Arizona’s three-game win streak over Green Bay includes two victories at home. The Packers haven’t won in Arizona since 2010.
Packers outside linebacker Preston Smith (oblique) missed the first game of his seven-year NFL career on Sunday against Washington. OLB Rashan Gary picked up the slack, delivering two sacks, four quarterback hits and a forced fumble.
Cardinals have the MVP front-runner on offense and arguably the best defense in the NFL. Quite the combination.
— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) October 24, 2021
The Pack own an NFL-best .777 winning percentage (7-2) on TNF. The Cards are 4-7 (.364).
Logic – and history – suggest that the Cardinals will eventually lose a game this season. Only two NFL teams have rolled through an entire regular season unbeaten during the Super Bowl era.
Green Bay will be a sexy pick to hand Arizona that first setback. Expect plenty of action of the Packers in the lead up to this game, and for the line to shorten.