The Green Bay Packers will look to build off their dominating win last Sunday when they face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
The Packers did everything right last Sunday, as they marched into Houston and laid a smack down on the, then undefeated, Texans. The Rams are coming off a tough loss to the Miami Dolphins. In that game they racked up almost 500 yards of offense but had trouble putting the ball in the endzone, a problem they have had all season.
Green Bay’s offense, led by Aaron Rodger’s six touchdowns last week, will hope for a similar offensive output this week. This may not prove easy as the Rams currently hold the 5th highest rated pass defense, only giving up 208 yards per game in the air. While their defense has faced decent quarterbacks so far this season, they haven’t faced a quarterback as skilled as Rodgers.
With that being said, it will still be important for the Packers to establish a running game. James Starks came off the field with an injury Sunday and will most likely miss Sunday, so it looks like Alex Green will be the featured back for the foreseeable future. He performed well in that role last week, giving the Packers a solid running game and he took some pressure off Rodgers to move the ball.
He will need to do much of the same this week. The Rams hold the 14th best rush defense, only giving up 104 yards per game on the ground. The Packers need just a good enough running game to prevent the Rams from dropping all their defenders back. Anything past that is icing on the cake.
The Packers defense should have another chance to show their strength against the Rams.
St. Louis’ offense is average and while they did put up big yards last week they still have trouble getting the ball into the endzone. Quarterback Sam Bradford is having a decent year but only has a completion rate of 60 percent and also has five interceptions to only six touchdowns.
Star running back, Steven Jackson, has 323 yards rushing on the year but has yet to find the endzone. The Rams offense also only averages scoring 18 points per game. If the Packers were able to slow down the Texans offense last week, they should have no trouble slowing down the Rams.
But the Packers are dealing with loads of injuries on their defensive unit. D.J. Smith is done for the year with a knee injury suffered during the Texans game and fellow linebacker Nick Perry will be out this week at least. Cornerback Sam Shields may also miss this week’s game and it is still undetermined if B.J. Raji will play this week.
St. Louis is also undefeated at home, something that they will be proud of and fight extra hard to keep that record spotless at home.
With all that said, this looks like a game the Packers should win. The Packers offense really looked like it has found its groove and once they get in that groove there seems to be little ways to stop them. The Packers played well while dealing with the injuries on Sunday but could be a bigger deal this week. The Rams can put up big yards but struggle to get it into the endzone, which the Packers defense will be able to capitalize on.
The Rams will play tough at home and keep the game close but the Packers are coming off a huge wave of momentum from their big game on Sunday and that will carry over into this game. Packers win this one by ten points and head back home 4-3.
The Keys to Victory
- Keep it rolling – The Packers looked great last week and would very much like to keep that same level of play going. The offense was practically unstoppable and the defense was shutting down the Texans and creating turnovers. All aspects of the team could do the same this week and it would lead to another big win.
- Keep them out of the endzone – The Rams have a solid offense and can move the ball well. They do however struggle getting the ball into the endzone. The Packers defense is good at making key stops when they need to and can keep the teams from scoring touchdowns. The Packers defense can give up all the yards they want but as long as the Rams are forced to stick with field goals the Packers will win.
- Don’t overlook them – The Packers may be one of the best teams in the NFL but they haven’t played like it consistently. The Rams currently hold the same record as the Packers so they should not be taken lightly. The Rams are also undefeated at home so far this season. Green Bay is the better team in this game but if they overlook the Rams at all, it will come back to bite them.