Larrivee shares reasons for hope of Packers win

Posted at 5:05 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 15:49:09-05


The worst loss in any game Aaron Rodgers has started with the Green Bay Packers happened just 16 days ago at Arizona, the site of the Packers-Cardinals NFC Divisional Playoff rematch Saturday night.

Yet Wayne Larrivee, 620WTMJ's Packers voice, says that there is plenty of evidence that first meetings are often nothing like playoff rematches that follow, and that the resurgent Packers have hope for victory.

"I wouldn't surprise me at all if the Packers were able to make a game of this with Arizona, and maybe beat them even though last time we were there three weeks ago, everybody knows the score," said Wayne on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News."

"We see this all the time. Minnesota got blown out by Seattle (38-7) last month in Minneapolis, and Seattle comes back, and the game's a toss up, and Minnesota should have won the game."

Only a botched field goal attempt by Blair Walsh prevented an upset.

Larrivee says, however, that the Packers could use the help of three Packers who may be questionable for Saturday night: wide receiver Davante Adams (knee), offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (who didn't play against Arizona on Dec. 27 with an ankle injury), and cornerback Sam Shields (who also missed that game due to concussion symptoms).

"I would really rather have, and the Packers would to, have David Bakhtiari if he's healthy against this ball club from Arizona," said Wayne.

Bakhtiari missed that game on the 27th, and Don Barclay proved to be a sieve in his absence as the Cardinals sacked Aaron Rodgers nine times, twice forcing scoop-and-scores.

Shields would be needed against one of the deepest receiving corps in football - with Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd for the otherwise young Packers secondary to contend with.  Carson Palmer and his receivers torched the Packers for 239 yards in the first half alone in their first meeting without Shields.

"You need Sam Shields' speed ability in that secondary," said Wayne.

"They need coverage in that secondary. This is an outstanding receiving corps they're going in against."

Adams has had more than just a subpar 2015 season, but he finally showed what he's capable of doing in Washington with four catches and a touchdown, along with an intrinsic dependability to make tough catches he failed to make all season.

If he can't go, though, Jared Abbrederis can bring something to the table in his absence.

"They love his instincts. I think he has tremendous instincts as a football player. The only knock on Jared, and that's something he probably has no control over, (is) his health. He's had injuries over the course of his career at Wisconsin and Green Bay," explained Wayne.

"When he's healthy and on the field, I feel very confident. He had one dropped pass but he played well in the Washington game, otherwise."