Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rams vs. Packers Game Preview



The 0-4 St. Louis Rams will take on the 5-0 World Champion Green Bay Packers at historic Lambeau Field starting at noon on Sunday. The Green Bay Packers are an absolute buzzsaw. The Green Bay Packers have won the last 11 games they have played. Green
Bay's last loss came way back on 12/19/2010 when they lost 31-27 to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

The Packers lead the league in scoring with almost 35 points per game. The Packers are 4th in total yards, 4th in passing and 22nd in rushing. Even though James Starks and Ryan Grant have only combined for 425 yards on the ground they have averaged 4.43
yards per carry. Aaron Rodgers is on fire going 129 of 180 for 1721 yards with 14 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions and a QB rating on 122.9!

This is an absolute terrible matchup for the St. Louis Rams. The Packers will throw the ball all over the lot while Justin King and Al Harris try to keep up. Josh Gordy is our #3 corner heading into this game. Don't kid yourself Green Bay will do what they want to do in this one.

On the bright side the Rams have already played two teams that play the 3-4. In addition Al Harris can give us some inside scoop on the Packers. Steven Jackson claims to be back to 100% but even that is tempered by the fact that the Packers are 3rd against the rush.

The Rams have just been terrible on offense. The Rams head into this one dead last in scoring, 31st in total yards, 28th in passing and 25th in rushing. Those numbers are just not good enough to play against a team like the Packers. My biggest concern is that Sam Bradford has completed less than 50% of his throws for the season. Sam Bradford is 75 of 151 for 849 yards with 3 td passes and only 1 interception while being sacked 18 times and has a QB rating of 70.8. The offensive line must improve and Sam must improve.

The Rams are coming off of a bye week so hopefully they worked on some fundamentals. The Rams O-line must have a tremendous game to stay in this one. With Jacob Bell hurt the Rams may start Tony Wragge at Left Guard. If that happens look for the Packers who only have 12 sacks and Clay Matthews who only has one sack to exploit that area.

There is really no way to sugar coat this one. The Rams will have to be at least +3 in the turnover margin to even compete in this game. The Packers are truly that good. We have to hope they overlook the Rams and come out a little sluggish. However even when they started slow in Atlanta they pulled away and won by 11. I just don't see anything good happening in this one.

Prediction St. Louis Rams 10 - Green Bay Packers 38

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