NFC Heavyweight Showdown: Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Rams
A huge NFC battle takes place on Sunday afternoon. The Green Bay Packers travel to California to take on the Los Angeles Rams. Both teams are headed by future Hall of Fame quarterbacks. The surefire AaronRodgers for the Packers and the Rams Jared Goff, who if he can continue his play over the next few seasons will be in the conversation for the Hall of Fame.
The Packers are struggling this year, the Rams are not. Green Bay comes in with a record of 3-2-1 and the Rams are a perfect 7-0 on the year. This is a game that the Packers will really need to win to keep them up in the NFC playoff race. The Rams have pretty much locked up their playoff spot but the Packers are in a dogfight to get there. The Rams are favored at home by 8.5 points.
Green Bay Huge Underdog
The Packers come into the game playing pretty good. The Packers will be as good as Aaron Rodgers is. If Rodgers plays well, then the Packers generally will win the game. The Packers move the ball at a 445.7 yards per game average with 342.0 yards of that coming through the air. Rodgers has thrown for 1,997 yards so far this year and has added in 12 touchdowns.
The Packers running game is spurred by Jamaal Williams on the ground as he has 224 yards rushing but hasn’t found the end zone yet. Devante Adams has caught 47 balls for 557 yards and six touchdowns. The Packers receiving corp is very banged up coming into this game. TrevorDavis and Jake Kemerow are both on the injured reserve list and Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison are both listed as questionable. Aaron Rodgers is also listed as questionable, but he will be playing.
Rams Offense has been Unstoppable
The Rams are rolling right now and they have been virtually unstoppable. They have won all of their games this year and don’t look like they have struggled much at all in their games. The Rams gain 457.4 yards a game with 153.1 yards coming on the ground. The Rams are more balanced than the Packers and that shows up in the offensive yardage gained. The Rams score 33.6 points a game and allow just 18.3 points a game. Goff has thrown for 2,130 yards this year and 14 touchdowns against five interceptions.
Todd Gurley leads the team in rushing gaining 686 yards on the ground thus far this year and has punched it into the end zone 11 times this season to lead the league. The leading receiver for the Rams is Robert Woods who has caught 41 balls for 602 yards. Woods has also found the end zone three times this year. Cooper Kupp and Troy Hill are the only two players listed on the Rams injury report for this week.
Rams Stay Unbeaten
The Packers have a huge test in front of them as they travel to play the Rams. The Rams have looked unbeatable this year and are just killing everyone that they play. Don’t put a victory past Aaron Rodgers though as he has the ability to lead his team to a win over any team he plays.
Goff will prove to be too much for the Packers though as the Rams keep rolling and secure another win against the Packers pulling them ahead in the all-time series which is currently tied. Don’t be surprised if the Packers sneak in a backdoor cover and make it close at the end of the game due to the play of Rodgers. I look for the Rams to cover the 8.5 point spread.