GLENDALE, ARIZ. – Three weeks ago, Arizona beat Green Bay by 30 points. No one should expect that kind of blowout when the teams meet again Saturday night, this time in the NFC divisional playoffs.
"I think these guys definitely come back here with a bad taste in their mouth," Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson said, "so I think it will definitely be a much better game."
The Dec. 27 victory over the Packers capped a nine-game winning streak for Arizona (13-3). A week later, the Cardinals ended their regular season with a 36-6 drubbing at the hands of Seattle, a loss they dismiss as an aberration.
The Packers (11-6) still had a chance at the NFC North title, despite the loss in the desert, but they finished the regular season by losing at home to Minnesota, so Green Bay settled for a wild-card berth.
And last Sunday in Washington, Rodgers and the rest of the Packers played better than they had most of the season.
The Cardinals sacked Rodgers eight times in their meeting three weeks ago, but Green Bay was without starting left tackle David Bakhtiari because of an ankle injury and lost starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga, also to an ankle problem, during the game.
That shouldn't be the case Saturday night. Bulaga was back the next game, and Bakhtiari practiced all week on a limited basis. The Packers also should have cornerback Sam Shields, who has been out while undergoing the concussion protocol.
But Green Bay receiver Davante Adams was ruled out because of a knee injury, as was tight end Andrew Quarless.
Arizona will be without one of its best pass rushers, outside linebacker Alex Okafor, and the exact reason is a mystery.
The Cardinals would say only that Okafor injured a toe during the team's weekend off.