The Rams have been a disaster of epic proportions through four games. Their receiving corps is by far the worst in the NFL, and that is hindering the performance of quarterback Sam Bradford. The defense isn’t stopping anyone. Things have fallen apart in a hurry in St. Louis.
The Packers look like they are starting to right the ship, which is strange to say considering they are 5-0. The offense has been firing on all cylinders since the opening game, but the defense has had its share of problems. They had their best game of the season last week against Atlanta.
Where: Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin
When: Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
Watch: FOX; DirecTV Channel 709
Betting Line: Green Bay (-15.5)
What’s at Stake?
Things are falling apart in St. Louis. There is no continuity on offense because Sam Bradford has no trust in the receivers that he is throwing to. The defense can’t stop the run, which makes it impossible to get off the field.
They need a win in the worst way just to build some confidence coming off their bye week. If they can’t get a win, at least a good showing against the defending champions will suffice.
The Packers are rolling right now, but they are locked in a heated battle with Detroit atop the NFC North. The defending Super Bowl champions look like the best team in the NFL right now, but they have to show improvement in the secondary if they want to repeat. The Rams will be a good confidence-boost.
Rams Injury Report
CB Bradley Fletcher—Injured Reserve (knee)
WR Danny Amendola—Injured Reserve (elbow)
Packers Injury Report
S Nick Collins—Injured Reserve (neck)
What They Are Saying
Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo knows that the Packers are going to present a lot of challenges to his team, and he said that one of the reasons they are so good is because of all the players they have involved in the offense.
“…I didn’t watch the whole [Packers-Falcons game]. I caught bits and pieces of the second half, but I remember at one point [the announcers] saying that’s the 11th, that’s the 12th (receiver that caught a pass). That’s what makes them so tough. They got quality players in a lot of spots.”
Rams Player To Watch: Steven Jackson, RB
The Rams offensive line has had problems protecting Sam Bradford all season long, so it will be incumbent on the running game to take pressure off the second-year quarterback.
Steven Jackson has been battling injuries virtually all year, but he is back to full strength after the bye week, and he should see a bigger role in the offensive game plan this week. He needs to be the one to set the tone for the offense. If he is running well, they have a chance to stay with the Packers for four quarters.
Packers Player To Watch: Aaron Rodgers, QB
Listen, I could throw out a random name and try to justify it with stats and information. But the fact of the matter is Aaron Rodgers is playing quarterback as well as anyone we have seen.
He has thrown for at least 297 yards and two touchdowns in all five games he has played this season. He is completing nearly 72 percent of his passes. He is putting up videogame numbers, and he is making it all look so easy.
Key Matchup: QB Sam Bradford vs. Packers Secondary
The Rams are going to try and run the ball in this game, but at some point they will have to throw it if they want to keep up with the Packers offense.
Bradford has had all sorts of issues this season, from his receivers to a bad offensive line, so the team will have to adjust the game plan to make up for those problems.
The Packers secondary has struggled this season, though they did show signs of improvement against the Falcons in Week 5. If they revert back to the way they played before that game, the Rams could pull off the upset.
The Rams are wounded right now, and the Packers are playing like the best team in the NFL. This game is going to get ugly in a hurry.
Packers 35, Rams 10