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NFL Week 9, Cardinals Vs. Packers: Green Bay opens as favorite

The Green Bay Packers are the opening favorites in Las Vegas as they host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The Green Bay Packers opened at 10.5 point favorites against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, according to Aaron Rodgers and company host the struggling Cardinals at Lambeau Field with Arizona sputtering and on a four-game losing streak.

Arizona has gone 0-4 straight up and 0-3-1 against the spread in the last four games. Meanwhile, the Packers come in with a 4-2 record both against the spread and straight up in the past six meetings with the Cardinals.

The Cardinals (4-4) have been inept offensively during the losing streak, and the quarterback situation of Kevin Kolb and John Skelton has proven less notable than the offensive line attempting to protect them. The Cardinals are 31st in the NFL in rushing yardage per game, and that doesn't bode well against Green Bay's drastic improvements over the past three weeks.

The Packers (5-3) are on a three-game winning streak, and their defense has been a key. Last week in a 24-15 victory, the defense helped grind out an ugly offensive performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars.