It didn't take Greg Bedard long to put yesterday's game in perspective for Packers fans:
All I know is today means nothing. Last year Cardinals got killed by Vikings and Pats, then played terrible in finale vs. Seattle.
Unfortunately, for the most part this is very, very true. But there are a few individual matchups that came to light yesterday that have to make the Packers and their fans feel good about their chances next Sunday.
First of all, it's pretty apparent that the Cardinals are going to have fits trying to get Clay Matthews blocked. Whether coming off the edge or stunting in the middle, the only answer Arizona's offensive line had for CM3 was to grab him and hope the officials didn't notice. Sure, the Cardinals (and Bedard for that matter) keep telling anyone who will listen that once the Vikings won, they shut it down and played vanilla on both sides of the ball. While that may be true, no game plan in the world can help the offensive line win a one-on-one with Matthews. Wisenhunt will need to think long and hard about committing either a running back or a tight end to chipping on Matthews almost the entire game or Warner will spend the entire day running for his life.
Another matchup that surprised me was how well Tramon Williams played against both Boldin and Fitzgerald. Yes, Corey, I know - Tramon is the real deal. But he has had his fair share of trouble with bigger guys before. Oh there's no shortage of confidence from Tramon and I love his ability to shake off a play and get up and in a receivers' face on the next snap. But to be honest, his matchup with Boldin was, and still is, my biggest concern heading into this playoff matchup. Sure people point to Jarrett Bush as a problem - well, that's not exactly news, is it? Capers can and will minimize Bush's exposure the best he can. But Williams has no place to hide. I mean, if I'm the Cardinals, why do I go after Charles Woodson, who will no doubt be locked up with Fitzgerald most of the time? No, I use Boldin every which way I can. Of course, a lot this will depend on the sevrity of the injuries to his knee and ankle. (Initial word last night is that he will be listed as Questionable for Sunday. I'm not buyin' it...)
So yes, yesterday didn't mean a thing. Except for the things that did.
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