Green Bay Packers Must Avoid Letdown Against St. Louis Rams
The Green Bay Packers have yet to win back-to-back games this season. They’re a disappointing 3-3, but are facing a relatively easy stretch in their schedule that could be a huge turning point in the season. The Packers need to put together consecutive weeks of complete games if they want to get into a rhythm and prove to the league and themselves that they can be consistent winners. It will be very important to the season that the Packers guard against a letdown this week versus the St. Louis Rams. It’s easy to have a surprise loss following an emotional win like the one the Packers had on Sunday night. Relieved Packer fans have taken the win over the Houston Texans as a sign that the Pack is back and many are already looking ahead to Week 12 against the New York Giants as the next big challenge, but it would be a mistake to write off the next three opponents, particularly St. Louis.
The Rams have the same record as the Packers, with all three of their wins coming at home. They lost by four points to the Detroit Lions in Week 1 and by three points to the Miami Dolphins last week, so they’ve played their opponents tough. They’ve only had one really bad game and that was in a blowout loss to the Chicago Bears four weeks ago.
The Rams are a team that is very physical (that’s the nice way of saying it) on defense. Robert Quinn and Chris Long have combined for ten sacks thus far and are part of a defensive line that can bring pressure. In the secondary, the Rams have the least likable player ever in Cortland Finnegan, who has been known to get into opposing receivers’ heads with his aggressive physicality and constant trash talking. Finnegan leads the Rams defense with three interceptions this season.
St. Louis lost receiver Danny Amendola a couple of weeks ago, which is a huge blow to their offense. Amendola was quarterback Sam Bradford’s number one target and a main component of the offense. Running back Steven Jackson has had a very disappointing start to the year with only 323 yards through six weeks but is still a threat to break out in a big way.
The Packers need to put this game away early. Don’t allow Jackson a chance to get rolling. Force Bradford to win the game with his arm. Bradford already has seven turnovers (five interceptions and two fumbles) to just six touchdowns. The Packers defense will get plenty of opportunities to make plays on the ball. And whatever happens, don’t let it come down to a field goal! The Rams’ rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein is nicknamed “Legatron” and has been known to boot 60+ yarders in practice with ease. Last week he missed a 66-yard field goal to the left, but he had the distance! The fact that the Rams attempted a 66-yard field goal is insane! Zuerlein actually had a very rough time last week when he missed three field goals in a row last week after making the first fifteen of his career, so we’ll see how he reacts to his disappointing last week. Either way, I don’t want the game coming down to a guy who can kick the ball 66 yards.