Adversity: Packers face 7-0 Cardinals without top guns

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(WLAX/WEUX) – A premier match-up of NFC titans on FOX 25/48 this evening may have lost a bit of luster with the absence of Packers star receiver Davante Adams and starting receiver Alan Lazard due to COVID-19.  And it appears deep-threat Marquez Valdes-Scantling will not be activated from IR.

So Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense will be without his favorite target and top receiving weapons against the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals, 7-0, who are now tabbed nearly a touchdown favorites playing in their home stadium.

The pressure is squarely on the Cardinals to dispose of the depleted Packers in convincing fashion to prove they belong among the NFL’s elite this season.

But Aaron Rodgers and the offense have proven they can overcome the loss of Adams before.  The Packers announced at 3 p.m. today several reinforcements to their 52-roster, activating tight end Dominique Dafney from injured reserve and wide receiver Malik Taylor from the reserve/COVID-19 list to the active rose.

The team also elevated wide receiver Juwann Winfree from the practice squad for gameday as a COVID-19 replacement and guard Ben Braden from the practice squad.

The big question is who will step up for Green Bay to provide the offensive spark against an Arizona defense rated first in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 16 points per game.

Will it be Randall Cobb, a trusted target of Rodgers and favorite on third down?  Or could Equanimous St. Brown (1 catch this season) and rookie Amari Rodgers elevate their game and possibly be used by head coach Matt LaFleur in creative ways such as jet sweeps or reverses to augment the rushing attack?  Could Taylor step up and deliver some chunk plays as he did in his stellar 2021 preseason?  Or can Winfree make a difference given more targets?

We’ll know the answer soon.  But Rodgers and Aaron Jones will have to have stellar performances and the Packers defense continue their solid play against Kyler Murray and his array of star receivers.

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Cardinals 33, Packers 27

Arizona has played its best against the best, crushing the Titans and Rams.  Rodgers and Murray trade blows, but solid Arizona defense is the difference missing Adams, Lazard, and MVS.

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