The Arizona Cardinals (7-0), led by quarterback Kyler Murray, face the Green Bay Packers (6-1), led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, in Week 8 of the NFL regular season on Thursday, October 28, 2021 (10/28/21) at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. How to watch Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals: Free live stream, time, TV, channel for NFL, Week 8
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What: NFL, Week 8
Who: Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals
When: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Where: State Farm Stadium
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network
Tonight’s Packers vs Cardinals live stream catches a Green Bay team in the midst of the NFL’s second longest winning streak of six games taking on the only team with a perfect record. Murray’s unbeaten Cardinals take on Rodgers’ red hot Packers in this NFL live stream.
Also, we’ve got some injury news.
The Cardinals (7-0) have been dazzling this season and they are coming off perhaps their most dominant win of the season, a 31-5 stomping of the Texans. Kyler Murray took a safety in the first quarter, then Arizona allowed a field goal in the early goings of the second quarter, but it was all Cardinals after that. Murray threw three touchdown passes as Arizona went on to score 31 unanswered points. He remains a favorite to win league MVP honors this season.
As if Murray didn’t have enough weapons in this offense to begin with, general manager Steve Keim traded for pro bowl tight end Zach Ertz from the Eagles two weeks ago and the 30-year-old veteran promptly contributed catching a 47-yard touchdown pass from Murray in the third quarter.
The Packers (6-1) have only been outdone this season by the Cardinals perfect record. Since getting blown out in their first game of the season, Green Bay has won six-straight while Aaron Rodgers is once again one of the top quarterbacks in the league with a 108.2 passer rating. In fact, Rodgers and Tom Brady are the only QB’s to have at least 15 touchdowns passes with three interceptions or less this season.
Rodgers best target, Davante Adams is in danger of missing this game as he was placed in COVID-19 protocol. Adams has tallied the third most receiving yards in the NFL with 744 yards and now needs two negative COVID tests 24-hours apart to play Thursday night.
CBS Sports reports that J.J. Watt is out with a shoulder injury — which stopped him from practicing all week.
The Packers were plus-3 road underdogs before the Adams news broke, now Green Bay is a plus-6 underdog. The over/under is 51.
Tight end Zach Ertz has been with the Cardinals for just nine days and already has the longest touchdown catch of his nine-year career, rumbling 47 yards toward the end zone to put an exclamation point on Arizona’s 31-5 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
With a wide grin, Ertz said joining the NFL’s hottest team is quite a thrill.
“I’ve never seen so much green grass in the middle of the field,” Ertz said. “That’s going to happen when you have DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green on the outside and a quarterback like Kyler.”
The Cardinals scored 31 unanswered points to remain the NFL’s only undefeated team, improving to 7-0 for the first time since 1974. The Texans (1-6) — who looked totally overmatched for three quarters — have lost six straight games.
Arizona fell into an early 5-0 hole after a slow offensive start, but recovered to win easily. The Cardinals were a 20½-point favorite, according to FanDuel, which is a massive spread for an NFL game.
“It was a game we should have won,” Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons said. “And we did.”
Kyler Murray completed 20 of 28 passes for 261 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The interception was his first since Week 3, but it was one of the rare bad moments in another solid day.
James Conner added an 18-yard touchdown run. Ertz had three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown one week after being acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade.
It was the first time Hopkins and J.J. Watt had played against Houston, which is where both grew into stars before coming to the Cardinals. Watt signed with Arizona during the past offseason while Hopkins was acquired by the Cardinals in a trade in 2020.
Both had good moments on Sunday. Hopkins caught a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter while Watt added a tackle for loss.
The Texans jumped out to a 5-0 lead after a terrible offensive start for the Cardinals.
Houston earned a safety and a 2-0 advantage late in the first quarter when Murray tried to scramble out of the end zone and was sacked by Jacob Martin. Murray was shaken up on the play and briefly went into the sideline medical tent for evaluation before returning for the next drive.
Houston’s Ka’imi Fairbairn added a 53-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter for a 5-0 lead. That was the high point for the Texans, who couldn’t do much right from that point forward.
“We are going to stay together,” Texans coach David Culley said. “There is a process we are going through. We don’t like where we are right now.”
The Cardinals restored order in a hurry, responding with two touchdowns and a field goal before the break for a 17-5 halftime advantage. The second touchdown was set up by a beautiful throw and catch from Murray to Green down the sideline that went for 41 yards on third-and-24. Murray found Christian Kirk for a 5-yard touchdown two plays later.
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury was back on the sideline Sunday after eight days away from the team because of a positive COVID-19 test. The 42-year-old, who is fully vaccinated, was cleared at about 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, several hours before the game. Kingsbury praised his assistant coaches — particularly Vance Joseph and Jeff Rodgers — for keeping the Cardinals on task.
“It’s a long week just sitting at home when you know those guys are working,” Kingsbury said.
The eighth week of the 2021 NFL season kicks off Thursday.
The Green Bay Packers are off to a great start to the 2021 NFL season, but the Arizona Cardinals are off to an even better one.
With Aaron Rodgers apparently having the time of his life with the 6-1 Packers after a tumultuous offseason, everything seems in place for Green Bay to make another run at a Super Bowl. However, the red-hot Cardinals will likely have something to say about that, and their 7-0 start to the campaign gives them every right to feel like favourites when the teams go head-to-head for “Thursday Night Football” this week.