The oddsmakers in Vegas set their highest line of the year at Packers by 14.5 points, and Green Bay took a quarter and a half to reach that line and did not stop there. The Packers eventually beat the Rams by 21 when everything was said and done.
The Rams offense moved the ball early thanks to some quick play-action passes on bootlegs to Lance Kendricks. One such pass went for 44 yards. However, holding penalties, mistakes and dropped passes doomed the Rams offense yet again. The Rams had Danario Alexander open down the middle of the field in the first half and Alexander failed to get turned around with his hands up in time and the pass bounced harmlessly off his hands. Alexander was through the defense for a touchdown if he was able to haul in the pass. The Rams were able to move the football slightly better in the 3rd quarter when the Packers softened their defense up, but the most promising Rams drive ended with an interception in the end zone when Sam Bradford failed to get a fade route pass to Danario Alexander high enough.
The Rams offense was not the only problem for the Rams. The defense struggled after holding the Packers to a FG and a punt in their first two drives. Then Aaron Rodgers took over the game. He threw a touchdown to James Jones on a naked bootleg to the left where there was not a single pass rusher within 10 yards of him. The next drive, the Rams got caught in one of their first blitzes of the game while the Packers were at their own 7 yard line. Aaron Rodgers pump-faked the blitzer into the air and simultaneously got cornerback Al Harris to bite on the fake. Rodgers lofted a pass to wide open Jordy Nelson and safety Darian Stewart took at terrible route to the ball and came running in too quickly. Nelson juked Stewart who flew into Al Harris and took both out of the play. Nelson sprinted from there to the end zone without any trouble. The Rams defense played better in the 2nd half, but by that time, the Packers had taken their foot off the gas up by 21 points.
For the 5th game in a row, the Rams killed themselves with penalties and mistakes. Their defense, that coming into the year, was supposed to be a top 10 defense, fell apart in the middle of the first half against the picture perfect Packers offense. The Rams offense was able to move the ball at times and that is reflected in the yards total, but were unable to do anything once they passed oppositions 20 yard line, also known as the magical demarcation line that indicates the red zone. After a bye, the Rams did not have their house in order and that has to fall on the coaching staff. The Rams never looked like they were going to trouble the Packers and did all they could to get out of the way in the first half and then let the Packers put the car in neutral in the 2nd half.
The only thing the Packers did wrong all game was come out wearing their ridiculous throwbacks with brown helmets and blue and yellow jerseys.
Injury note: Rams starting left tackle Rodger Saffold left Sunday’s game against the Packers in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.