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Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:33 am   Post subject: The Los Angeles Rams host the Green Bay Packers this week in

Add to the storyline that QBs Aaron Rodgers and Jared Goff both went to Cal and this game continues to have interesting angles. While Rodgers is a very talented player (some would argue the most talented QB in the game now) John Franklin-Myers Color Rush Jersey , there are a multitude of players who could cause trouble for the Rams they go for 8-0. The Rams will have their hands full as the Packers had an extra week to prepare. QB Aaron RodgersThe Packers go as Aaron Rodgers goes. Nursing a knee tweak from his game against the Chicago Bears, Rodgers is continuing to get healthy as he enters the contest. For the season, Rodgers isn’t posting gaudy stats as we’re accustomed to but make no mistake, he’s still very elite. For the season, Rodgers has completed 61.4% of his passes for 1,997 yards with 12 TD, 1 INT, and a QBR of 52.9. LB Blake MartinezGuess who has been the best linebacker for the Packers this season? It’s been Martinez and not Clay Matthews. Martinez leads the Packers with 51 combined tackles while also contributing in the pass rush with three sacks. Martinez entered the bye week as the #8 linebacker according to PFF and he’ll have the responsibility of trying to slow down Todd Gurley.RB Aaron JonesPerhaps the biggest mystery of the Packers offense is how little the team is using RB Aaron Jones. Coming off a suspension, Jones continues to lead the backfield in terms of yards per carry. Jones is averaging 5.9 ypc and hopes to get more involved in the gameplan. Perhaps with the bye week, the staff may look to get the talented back more involved.(For the sake of fantasy owners everywhere, #FreeAaronJones)S Ha Ha Clinton-DixClinton-Dix paces the Packers defense. Considered the best player on that side of the ball according to PFF, Clinton-Dix has 23 combined tackles while also contributing with three interceptions, one forced fumble Marcus Peters Jersey , and one sack. Clinton-Dix will have a challenge in covering Rams WRs Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods as Cooper Kupp is expected to miss the contest. Look for the Rams to perhaps avoid Clinton-Dix in the contest.WR Davante AdamsIf there’s a receiver that Rodgers trusts, it’s Adams who leads the Packers in most receiving metrics. With 71 targets so far in the season, Adams has caught 47 receptions for 557 yards and six touchdowns. The Rams secondary will do their best to contain the Adams-Rodgers connection. The 2018 Green Bay Packers reboot has been a bit of rollercoaster ride through six games. At 3-2-1, the Packers success is still largely defined by their All-Galaxy signal caller Aaron Rodgers; but led by their new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, the Packers’ defense has also been vastly improved. After successful stints with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, Pettine currently has the Packers defense ranked 8th in yardage allowed and 15th in points allowed. Their improvement has been most pronounced when defending the pass, where the Packers have recently invested some high-end draft stock. This week Jared Goff will have to navigate around safety Clinton Dix, who has bounced back from a lackluster 2017 season; as well as emerging corner Kevin King. In the trenches, the Packers have had issues stopping ball carriers, despite having a fairly tough three up front in nose tackle Kenny Clark, and defensive ends Dean Lowry, and Mike Daniels. They are without former Pro Bowler Muhammad Wilkerson, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury back a in Week 3 loss to the Washington Redskins. Inside linebacker Blake Martinez has provided the Packers’ defense with quality play against both the run and pass this season. The Packers biggest issue has been a lack pressure from their edge rushers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. If the Rams can keep Jared Goff clean Aqib Talib Jersey Black Friday , and Todd Gurley is able to enjoy the success that other teams have had against the Packers on the ground, then the Rams could end up putting up mounds of points again. Despite having one of the best, and most clutch quarterbacks of all time, the Packers’ offense is currently ranked only 16th in scoring, despite being 4th in yardage. Rodgers has had a statistically solid season with 12 touchdowns, 1 interception, and nearly 2,000 yards so far. However, much of those stats have come with Rodgers trying to scrape back when the Packers have fallen behind by massive deficits. Rodgers heroics have added to his legend, but the comeback formula is not head coach Mike McCarthy’s ideal formula for sustainable success. At times, Rodgers has been critical of the offense as a whole and even criticized the play calling following the Packers’ Week 5 loss to the Detroit Lions. The Packers will hope their very-capable offensive line can buy Rodgers enough time to find his favorite targets, wide receiver Davante Adams, and tight end Jimmy Graham. Given the issues that the Rams have had against tight ends like the Jared Cook https://www.ramsfanstore.com/Sam-Shields-Jersey , and George Kittle, Graham will have Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips full attention this week. Pro Bowl left tackle David Bakhtiari could be a tough nut to crack for Rams edge Samson Ebukam, but containment could be critical for the Rams, as their tsunami of interior pressure will likely flush Rodgers from the pocket frequently. If the Rams allow him to drift around for several seconds, Rodgers will usually find a target, or take the consolation prize and scramble for a gain. The Packers ground game hasn’t been especially noteworthy so far. They rely on a pair of second-year running backs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones to carry the bulk of the load, as well as veteran Ty Montgomery who is their best pass-catching back. This game could go a variety of ways, but the Rams would be best served to not let Rodgers and the Packers hang around within striking distance. If the Rams offense can control the clock and their defense can eliminate the Packers running backs early, then the Rams could end up dictating the pace and flow of this game.


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