WHEN THE RAMS HAVE THE BALL
Bradford has posted a 100-plus rating three times in his career, and the Rams are 3-0 in those contests, but has yet to reach that mark this season. Running back Steven Jackson aims for a third game in a row against Green Bay with 100- plus rushing yards, and he’s ran for 260 yards and a touchdown in his last two tests against the Packers. Jackson has 333 yards from scrimmage in those two games and since 2006, has averaged an NFL-best 115.3 yards per game in that category. Running back Cadillac Williams rushed for a career-high 158 yards against Green Bay while with Tampa Bay in 2005, and his teams are 8-1 when he has 100-plus rushing yards. Wide receiver Danario Alexander is averaging 24.5 yards per catch, the best mark in the NFL. Fellow wideout Brandon Gibson leads the club with 13 catches and is second among Rams with 171 receiving yards, while wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker has 133 career catches, 94 of which have resulted in a first down or a touchdown.
Woodson has 11 interception returns for touchdowns, tied for second in NFL history, and owns a club record with 10 defensive touchdowns (nine interceptions, one fumble recovery). Woodson has at least one interception for a score in all six of his years with Green Bay, and he and safety Morgan Burnett are tied for the NFL lead with three interceptions this season. Matthews has 12 sacks in his past 16 games at home, and on the front line, defensive end Jarius Wynn has 10 tackles and three sacks on the year.
The anemic Rams offense averages 11.5 points and 279.5 total yards per game, while their averages of 187 pass yards and 92.5 rushing yards per game are 28th and 25th in the league, respectively. On defense, the Packers are 11th in scoring (22.2 ppg), 21st in total yards allowed (375.6 ppg), 30th in pass defense (299.8 ppg) and third against the run (75.8 ppg).
WHEN THE PACKERS HAVE THE BALL
Rodgers won his only career start against St. Louis in that 2009 meeting and had a 126.9 rating for the game. He’s won 11 starts in a row including playoffs and has a 100-plus rating in nine of them. In his past 14 outings at home, Rodgers is 13-1 and completed 313-of-459 passes for 4,017 yards, 33 touchdowns and a 111.2 rating. Fullback John Kuhn had a rushing touchdown and a receiving score in Green Bay’s most recent matchup with the Rams. Wide receiver Greg Jennings averages 24.9 yards per catch in three career games against St. Louis and has eight receiving touchdowns in his past nine contests at home. Since the start of 2007, Jennings has 46 receiving touchdowns (including playoffs), the third-most in the NFL. Wide receiver James Jones had a career-high 140 yards on five catches and hauled in a 70-yard touchdown from Rodgers last week, while fellow receiver Donald Driver had four catches for 95 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay’s last win over St. Louis. Rookie wide receiver/return specialist Randall Cobb is tied for the NFC lead with a 34.3-yard kick return average.
For the Rams, defensive end James Hall had a sack in his last game at Green Bay, which came while with Detroit in 2005, while linemate Chris Long has a sack in five of his past seven games and has totaled 11 in his past 15 contests. Linebacker James Laurinaitis leads St. Louis with 31 tackles to go along with an interception and a fumble recovery, while cornerback Justin King has 24 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery on the season.
Green Bay is first in the league in scoring (34.6 ppg), fourth in both total yards (428.6 ypg) and passing yards (329.6 ypg) and 22nd in rushing offense (99.0 ypg). The Rams are 31st in scoring defense (28.2), 27th in total yards allowed (404.5 ypg), 13th in pass defense (224.8 ypg) and dead last against the run (179.8 ppg).
KEYS TO THE GAME
The Packers’ strength — scoring — matches up nicely with the Rams’ greatest weakness, scoring defense. Green Bay is tops in the league in points, while St. Louis is second to last in points allowed.
Green Bay’s defense has shown vulnerability to pass-happy teams, so the chance at an upset lies in the hands of Bradford, though he’s shown little this season to indicate he’s ready for such a win.
Woodson leads a Packers defense full of opportunists, if not shutout pitchers. Somehow, the veteran cornerback finds a way to make an impact. Bradford would be wise to avoid tangling with him.
Prediction – The Rams have yet to win a game, and things won’t get easier here. The Pack are playing like champs, and Aaron Rodgers is the MVP of the league through the first five weeks. The Packers defense will make it a long day for Sam Bradford, and the well oiled machine that is the Packers offense will roll again to get to 6-0. Green Bay 37 St.Louis 17