Rams and Packers go into proof mode in NFC showdown

Deemed to be the mid-season class of the NFC, the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams have questions to answer ahead of a key Week 12 game on Sunday.

The Rams (7-3) will hit the road to take on the Packers (8-3) with all eyes on the abilities of each team’s elite quarterback.

Matthew Stafford started the season by showing everything the Rams envisioned in their new call sign. But back-to-back losses to the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers revealed a stagnant offense that struggled in the passing game.

Los Angeles have had a little more time to work out their issues during their week off and are back on the road where the team is strong 4-1 this season. Rams head coach Sean McVay said the team intended to “come back fucking slender.”

“We are a resilient group,” McVay said. “I know the exemption came at the right time for us. Obviously you don’t want to go into the exemption of a performance where we didn’t play the way we were able to.… You have to. be mentally strong and we have to be where our feet are planted. Let’s see if we can improve today. “

Stafford has averaged 309.6 passing yards per season in the Rams’ first eight games with 22 touchdowns from four interceptions as the team is 7-1. Against the Titans and 49ers, however, he averaged 268.5 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp tied a season-high with 11 receptions in each of the last two games, but failed to catch a touchdown in either game. New wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was further integrated into the offense during the off week after limited use against the 49ers.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers remained productive despite a Week 9 loss to Kansas City while on COVID protocols. Now he’s healing a fractured toe on his right foot he played with in Sunday’s 34-31 loss to Minnesota, still throwing for 385 yards and four touchdowns.

Rodgers did not train on Wednesday but is expected to play on Sunday, although he has admitted to being very uncomfortable.

The Packers will end the season with four of their last six home games, where they are 4-0 so far this season and outscored their opponents 103-44. It was also at home that the Packers defeated the Rams 32-18 in last year’s divisional playoff round.

“We’re going to have a pretty good plan for protection,” Rodgers said, noting Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald suffered a rib injury at the previous meeting. “Last year we handled the ball pretty well in the playoff game.… You have to direct the ball against teams that want to play too high and that will always be part of what we try to do.”

Packers offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins is out for the remainder of the season with a torn left ACL. Running back Aaron Jones (knee), who missed the Vikings game, returned to training on Wednesday. Jones had 99 rushing yards against the Rams last season and had a 60-yard rush immediately after halftime.

Rams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd returned from the 49ers with a concussion and is expected to be limited to practice this week, but is scheduled to play on Sunday.

– Field level media

Add a Comment