While people predicted the Green Bay Packers would dominate Sunday’s home game against the St. Louis Rams, a packed house at Lambeau Field was treated to a rather boring affair during the second half of a 24-3 victory.
In the end, the Packers escaped comfortably after Aaron Rodgers threw for 310-yards and three touchdowns in another impressive display, while Sam Bradford also has nothing to feel ashamed about following a 320-yard performance.
The difference between the two sides though was on offense. On multiple occasions, the Rams dropped passes cost them field position, while Rodgers only needed one shot to hit James Jones for a 35-yard touchdown.
The rest basically went as expected. For once the Packers run defense struggled against the Rams two-headed rush attack of Steven Jackson and Cadillac Williams who combined for 120-yards, but Jordy Nelson’s 93-yard dance to the endzone more than made up for any defensive follies.
In the air, the Packers defense didn’t exactly fall behind, but the left hand club of Morgan Burnett looked hardly useful in the early going. Cornerback Tramon Williams stood out the most on defense when making consecutive stops on third and fourth down, but Sam Shields’ back shoulder interception in the third quarter stopped any Rams momentum.
To be frank though, the Packers were lucky the Rams were without so many key players. Missing Mike Sims-Walker and Mark Clayton on offense made Bradford’s job much harder, and the second half points struggle was typical of a Packers team that has failed to bury opponents in the past.
Still, head coach Mike McCarthy deserves credit for not overlooking the Rams as a solid opponent. Sunday’s redzone defense was superb, and for the Clay Matthews doubters out there, you’ll be happy to know his speed and agility are right back where they need to be.
In the end, it was another test for the Packers offensive line that went without Chad Clifton once again. For much of the game the Rams linebackers struggled in coverage, even though Rodgers was unlucky to see another dropped pass off the hands of Greg Jennings result in a pick.
The Packers should be happy at 6-0, and Sunday’s win over a lesser opponent places Green Bay in a great spot just two weeks out from the bye. It may not have been the dominating performance Packer fans were hoping for, but the offense keeps on rolling.