A special ‘Battle of Aaron’s’ will go down Saturday in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs as Aaron Donald brings his underdog L.A. Rams into Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
There was some concern and worry about the status of the dominant defensive lineman for the Rams, but Donald has recovered by all accounts, and should prove to be a real thorn in the side for the Green Bay offensive line come Saturday afternoon.
The Packers enter well-rested and mostly healthy after securing the top-seed in the NFC and a needed bye week. Their offense has been in elite form all season long, and with a motivated Aaron Rodgers under centre, the Packers’ attack shows no signs of being slowed down.
That said, the Rams all season long have been a very steady defensive club and will represent a stiff challenge for this high-octane Packers attack. One matchup to watch will certainly be Jalen Ramsey of the Rams draped to star Green Bay wideout Davante Adams. This contest has all the makings of an instant-classic.
After a 1-1 split with my picks last week during the Wild-Card Round, the Divisional games are equally as fascinating with excellent betting angles and edges. Read on beneath the posted odds for a thorough breakdown of the Rams and Packers, as well as our betting prediction for what promises to be an epic matchup. Enjoy!
Los Angeles Rams vs. Green Bay Packers Betting Odds:
Los Angeles Rams +6.5 (-110)
Green Bay Packers -6.5 (-110)
Los Angeles Rams (+265)
Green Bay Packers (-300)
Over 46.5 (-110)
Under 46.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Los Angeles Rams vs. Green Bay Packers Pick:
One of the biggest storylines in Saturday’s contest, is how Aaron Rodgers is going to deal with the rush of Aaron Donald. The Packers are slated to enter Saturday’s contest without the services of two key offensive linemen, including the talented David Bakhtiari. Those are huge losses, and it could force a minor shift in the game-plan for the Packers’ offense.
As a result, expect a lot more short passes and run plays to keep the Rams’ rush, and Aaron Donald contained. While Donald was banged-up last week and struggled to finish the game against the Seahawks, coach Sean McVay says he’ll be in the lineup and playing to his full extent in the Divisional Round.
Downfield it won’t be easy either, and this could represent a really stiff test for Green Bay in moving the chains. Their offense has cruised all season long, and L.A. does have the potential to at least make things somewhat difficult. Jalen Ramsey should mostly take away Davante Adams, meaning Rodgers will need to look elsewhere for big gains through the air. Beyond Ramsey, the Rams’ secondary isn’t that deep – so guys like Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling should be able to step up and fill the void.
Making matters even worse for the Rams’ attack is the fact that it does seem quite likely they’ll be without Cooper Kupp. The shifty wideout failed to practice all week long, and has proven to be a relied upon target for Goff throughout his career. This could play right into the Packers’ defense as Jaire Alexander should blanket Robert Woods, and really leave an injured Goff without many downfield options.
While Cam Akers could have some success running on the Packers’ defense, it’s unlikely to see that as a route to Los Angeles consistently moving the chains at a frigid Lambeau Field on Sunday. Eventually Goff is going to need to throw the ball and earn the respect of Green Bay’s defense. If he can’t – it could be a long afternoon for the Rams’ offense.
Expect both offenses to struggle at times in what could prove to be a very cagey affair. It should be quite cold at Lambeau Field, and it remains to be seen how the Rams, a dome team, will adjust to the temperatures. While I think the spread is bang-on for this contest, I anticipate a very low-scoring game, where both defenses get the better of the offenses.