After a long stretch of three consecutive games away from home, the Los Angeles Rams make their triumphant return to the Coliseum, and they remain undefeated.
This week the Rams get to face off against one of the greatest QB’s of all time in Aaron Rodgers and his 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers.
Let’s take a look at the matchups to watch:
CB Marcus Peters vs WR Davante Adams
This season has been a bit of a roller coaster for Marcus Peters as he started the season out strong, went through a rough patch while injured, and now playing very good ball again. Luckily for the Rams, it comes at a good time as they’ll see one of the better and more productive receivers in the league in Davante Adams. Adams has 47 receptions for 557 yards and six touchdowns on the season. Adams has an uncanny connection with Aaron Rodgers, so Peters and the Rams’ cornerbacks will need to be on their A-games.
WR Robert Woods vs CB’s Kevin King/Jaire Alexander
The Packers’ secondary is an all sorts of flux. Kevin King has only played in four games this season and only has one interception. Rookie Jaire Alexander returns after missing two games - he also has one interception on the season. Even though he’s just a rookie, Alexander is probably the Packers best cornerback. Robert Woods should have another productive day regardless of who he lines up against. His recent emergence should come as no surprise as he’s a player with many strengths and nearly no weaknesses. Woods has 41 receptions for 602 yards and three touchdowns on the year.
OLB Samson Ebukam vs LT David Bakhtiari
Even though Samson Ebukam only has two sacks (and two forced fumbles) on the season, he’s comfortably the Rams’ best edge rusher. He’ll have the honor of battling with David Bakhtiari who might be the best pass protecting left tackle in the entire league. Bak’s PFF grade of 88.9 has him ranked as the #1 OT in the league.
DT Aaron Donald vs QB Aaron Rodgers
The battle of the two best players in the league happens on Sunday, and ironically, they’re both named Aaron. Donald currently leads the league with 8 sacks and is off to a legendary start to the strongest year of his career. He has a sack in four consecutive games. As for Rodgers, well, he’s three yards away from 2,000 yards with 12 touchdowns and only one single interception. In his last game, AR12 led the Packers to a tremendous 4th quarter comeback win, and now gets the Rams off of his bye week. This should be a battle for the ages.
RT Rob Havenstein vs OLB Clay Matthews
Rob Havenstein has enjoyed a strong upwards trajectory in his career this year to the tune of a new long term contract. This week he gets a true veteran in Clay Matthews. Matthews has certainly slowed down as a pass rusher in recent years, but he’s shown that he still has some juice. Unfortunately for Matthews, he’s been a victim of the new “weight on the QB” rule more than anyone else losing multiple sacks to it (and at awful times). Havenstein is one of the best right tackles in the league, so for the record, I do expect him to have a great game.