Tom Oates grades the Packers

2010-01-03T20:40:00Z Tom Oates grades the PackersTom Oates | toates@madison.com | 608-252-6172 madison.com

Wisconsin State Journal columnist Tom Oates assesses the Green Bay Packers' performance in their 33-7 victory at Arizona on Sunday.

Offense: B

When Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie went down early, Arizona's secondary was easy pickings for Aaron Rodgers. Eschewing the blitz, the Cardinals barely touched Rodgers. Jermichael Finley is a red-zone nightmare for defenses.

Defense: A

If Charles Woodson isn't the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, there should be an investigation. Like every other team, the Cardinals couldn't run on the Packers. Dynamic Clay Matthews drew two holding penalties rushing the passer.

Special teams: B-plus

Arizona's Steve Breaston helped out Jeremy Kapinos by fielding one of his punts at the 1. The coverage units were excellent. Jordy Nelson probably won't break a return for a touchdown, but he usually makes positive yardage.

Overall: B-plus

The Packers played to win and the Cardinals played it like an exhibition game, making the outcome irrelevant. Next week's playoff rematch on the same field will be an entirely different game. At least no one got seriously injured.

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