Packers vs. Rams NFL Week 7 Preview

By Kevin Van Pelt



The Green Bay Packers finally put together a full game that looked like the team they were last season. They put up 42 points against the then undefeated Houston Texans. Now Green Bay will be playing another tough defensive team this weekend as they are up against the St. Louis Rams.

After a franchise-tying six touchdown performance by Aaron Rodgers, the Packers offense looked to be back to it’s 2011 form as they were able to methodically move the ball down the field all day against the Texans defense. Not only was the passing game working for the Packers, but there was also a good balance in the play calling. Alex Green was getting his first start of his career at running back and he got 22 carries last week for 65 yards. The production was not there from the running game, but sticking with it and calling a balanced game helped the offensive line protect Aaron Rodgers who was only sacked twice.

The Packers will now go up against another tough defensive team in the Rams who have allowed the third fewest points in the league so far this season. Last week the Rams lost 17-14 to the Miami Dolphins to fall to 3-3, but head coach for the Packers Mike McCarthy knows not to overlook this Rams team especially on offense.

“You see a (St. Louis team) that had almost 500 yards of offense last week.” McCarthy said. “So it’s tough every week in this league, and you’re foolish not to think so.”

However, the Rams are averaging just 18 points a game and just over 300 total yards a game on offense, but with the Packers taking some big injury hits in the past few weeks, it might be harder for the Packers to contain the Rams. The Packers defense will be missing two starting linebackers as D.J. Smith was lost for the year after a knee injury and it looks like rookie Nick Perry will also miss this weekend’s game. Two players who will be game-time decisions for the Packers will be cornerback Sam Shields with a shin injury and nose tackle B.J. Raji with an ankle injury.

With the injury problems the Packers have, this could be the perfect opportunity for the Rams to get their offense going in the right direction. They had over 500 yards of offense last week, but were only able to score one touchdown. In fact, the Rams have only scored nine touchdowns this season which is 30th in the league.

Running back Steven Jackson is off to the worst start of his career, averaging only 53.8 rushing yards per game and has yet to record a touchdown. This weekend will be a good opportunity for him to break out of his slump as  the Packers give up an average of 110 rushing yards per game.

The Rams are at home this weekend where they are 3-0 this season and the key for them to pulling of the upset will be to control the clock with Jackson. If Jackson is able to establish himself early against the Packers banged up defense, it will keep the Packers offense off the field and tire out the defense.

For the Packers, they need to continue playing consistent football. Last weekend was the first game where they played consistent through the entire game. The Packers need to continue to prove that they are an elite team and that their offense can score points against some of the best defenses in the league.


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