Arizona Cardinals brush Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Packers aside

Jay Asser 09:53 29/12/2015
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Down on his luck: Aaron Rodgers.

The Arizona Cardinals made their case as the best team in the NFL with an overwhelmingly dominant performance against the Green Bay Packers.

Arizona were lights out on both sides of the ball, their defence sacking Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers nine times and forcing four turnovers, while their offence received contributions from different faces.

The 38-8 victory on Sunday made it nine straight for the Cardinals, who are now 13-2 with the NFC West and a bye locked up.

“You want to play your best ball at the end of the season and I think this is the best game we’ve played,” said Arizona defensive lineman Calais Campbell.

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The Cardinals’ impressive defensive display came in their first game without safety Tyrann Mathieu, who is out for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL.

Yet, despite Mathieu’s absence, Rodgers and the attack struggled to move the ball, totalling just 178 yards.

With the Vikings winning over the weekend, Week 17’s clash between Green Bay and Minnesota next Monday night will be for the NFC North title.

“This was a playoff-style game and we played terrible, but we have won a lot of games here,” Rodgers said.

“When you play long enough you are going to be on the wrong side at times, but I am confident that we have guys and myself that, when it matters for all the marbles, guys will show up.”

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