There's something about the phrase "dope sheet" that gets me excited. I think it's because it foreshadows what is to come... the excitement, the sounds, the energy. Today I read the week six dope sheet for the upcoming Green Bay Packers versus St. Louis Rams.
Considering I (and others who likewise agreed) ranked the Rams as the worst team in the NFL, I'm not too worried that Green Bay is a sure 6-0. But let's take it further than that and break down the where, when, why.
For a few fluffy facts, Green Bay and St. Louis haven't faced off in awhile on the Frozen Tundra. Actually its been five years, the last time was in 2006. Ok, so what? Well, when you don't play against a certain franchise as often you tend to not know their play style as much. You need to spend more time in the office examining video footage of their defensive style and potential offensive pitfalls.
Not counting the upcoming Rams game, the Green Bay Packers have now won 11 straight games, that's the second longest streak in franchise history. For home games, they have won the last seven, which is head coach Mike McCarthy's longest home winning streak.
As for the uniform of the game, Green Bay will be donning a recreation of their 1929 design. They wore this last season as well during the week 13 game against San Fransisco.
All time stats on Green Bay versus St. Louis is 42-45-2, so statistically, the Rams usually beat the Pack. Only a fraction more of the time though.
As for the here and now, which is all that matters currently, the St. Louis Rams sit at 0-4. In their defense, I hope the bye week they just had helped them examine some areas in which they could improve. This will make for a more interesting game at least.
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, he's allowed at least one turnover per game at a minimum with his own personal fumbles this season. He's also been sacked a minimum of twice per game, seven on the worst day. I don't know how he's still standing, but this second year quarterback is heading out again to take more hits. Names last year's offensive rookie of the year by the Associated Press, we wonder what happened during the lock out to bring him to where he is now.
Despite the offensive holes, three Rams cornerbacks have been put on injured reserve this year alone, leaving the defense lacking as well. I almost feel sorry for the team.
As for the Packers, head coach Mike McCarthy was getting some grief during his last regular press conference. Why? because Aaron Rodgers was doing such an amazing job of throwing off the defense and utilizing a huge variety of receivers. Not all see this as a good thing though, because spectators want super stars in football. Donald Driver was mentioned, and McCarthy was asked how Driver was handling a reduced snap load.
“We have one football,” McCarthy said firmly. “There are 11 guys that play on each play, five perimeter guys at a time. I’m not going to apologize for having too many guys to throw the ball to.”
Personally I think that the unpredictability of this gives Green Bay a huge edge, and keeps each and every offensive player sharp.
No one can predict what this Sunday will bring, but the anticipation is thrilling. I'm voting on a 6-0 and 400 plus yards.