The Los Angeles Rams host the Green Bay Packers this week in a NFC showdown. 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), 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 Rodgers
The 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 Martinez
Guess 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 Jones
Perhaps 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.
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S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Clinton-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, 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 Adams
If 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.