Packers vs. Rams: Staying Focused the Key in Beating the Rams

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 14:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates near the bench in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium at Reliant Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Rams may go to sleep Sunday night not knowing exactly what happened to them.

That could be the case because they just aren't in the same class as the NFC North as a whole, much less the Green Bay Packers.

For the Packers, they just need to remain focused and continue to move forward with the momentum they built against Houston last week.


When the Packers are on Offense

Did you like the six touchdowns Aaron Rodgers put up on Houston last weekend? Would you like to see more of it (though perhaps not that much of it)? 

Rodgers definitely looked like his old self, and it's unlikely we'll see a backslide even against a legit Rams defense. Two very tough cornerbacks and a solid front seven will make this challenging, but if the offensive line comes to play, as they did in containing Houston's J.J. Watt, Rodgers should have time.

Enough cannot be said about John Kuhn's and Tom Crabtree's efforts in helping to slow Watt down. Quite often, one of them was behind the tackles, attempting to support Sitton and Newhouse.

I expect more of that going forward, including against what is a tough Rams defense.

This is a good day to expand on the run game and get Alex Green some more experience and comfort in the offense. I still believe the Packers should run the ball as much as they did with Benson, and they may discover that once his pass protection improves, he's just as good (or better) as Benson.

Along with continuing to establish a run game, the Packers should stay with the intermediate pass game, which has worked well for them. Rodgers should make sure he isn't putting the whole offense on his back again.

With Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan lurking in the secondary, the team will want him to avoid throwing into double coverage, as he was doing before the Houston game.

Still, this should be simple for the Packers—run the ball, and get the ball in the hands of Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.


When the Packers are on Defense

Just try not to get hurt?


OK, more to the point, get the youngsters involved. Jerel Worthy and Nick Perry have started to make an impact, and they need to continue to step it up. Casey Hayward as well. Get them on the field and get them working.

The Rams don't have much offensively. I believe Sam Bradford to be a good quarterback, but he has little to no weapons and a poor offensive line. There's not much he can do about that most weeks.

He can move the chains, but with Danny Amendola out and Steven Jackson splitting carries, it will be tough.

The Packers can't let up, but it shouldn't be a huge challenge for them and a good opportunity to continue to sharpen their defensive scheme and round it into shape.

It shouldn't be hard to shut the Rams' offense down.



This could be a trap game because anytime you are significantly better than another team—and let's make no mistake, the Packers are much better than the Rams—you run the risk of being cavalier about it and end up getting run.

Don't expect that here. The Packers are focused again and will walk out of St Louis with a win. 


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