Five players to watch for the Green Bay Packers in Week 13.
The Packers are looking to keep their slim playoff hopes alive in a Week 13 matchup versus the Cardinals.
This should be a get-right game for the Packers. The Cardinals are in the middle of a rebuild and do not have all the pieces in place to contend at the moment. The Cardinals will also have to play in elements they are not used to. While the temperature will not be below freezing, it will still be much lower than what the dome team from Arizona is used to.
The Packers are also getting preseason fan-favorite Jake Kumerow back, as he was activated off of injured reserve.
Green Bay will be facing a rookie quarterback for the second time this season and will hope for similar results.
Josh Rosen has been turnover prone in his young career and the Packers will look to keep that going. Rosen has thrown 11 interceptions to only 10 touchdowns.
The Cardinals also boast a shaky offensive line that allows Rosen to get hit a lot.
The Packers have backed themselves into a corner with their play on the road. Their winless road record has them teetering on the edge of being eliminated from playoff contention. Returning to Lambeau will hopefully give the Packers the jump start they need to get the ball rolling in the right direction.
In order to make the postseason, the Packers will need a lot of help, but first, they must take care of business against the Cardinals.
Here are my five players to watch:
1. Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Marquez Valdes-Scantling had a quiet game last week against the Vikings. The Packers will need more from him this week to come away with a victory.
Should Cobb return, that should free up more on the perimeter, with Cobb and Jimmy Graham sucking up the coverage in the middle. It will be up to MVS to take advantage.
Valdes-Scantling has been a bright spot for the Packers in a season that has seen very little of them. The Packers have not had a player like MVS in some time. His size and speed is something the offense has been lacking.
MVS has made a few big plays already this season and could add a few more in this game.
With Trevor Davis now back on injured reserve, MVS could see his role on special teams increase as well. He had been returning kicks early in the season and may find his way back there.