A marquee NFC showdown will unfold during the late slate of Week 8 action as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers head to La-La Land to do battle with the undefeated L.A. Rams.
Green Bay struggled their last time out vs. San Francisco, and despite sitting with a 3-2-1 record, they clearly have many holes in their game as concerns about Rodgers’ health continue to linger. Coming out of a bye week, perhaps Rodgers and the Packers will exude the necessary energy to challenge the Rams in their pursuit for a perfect season.
The Rams meanwhile were expected to be great, and they’re living up to the hype thus far. Los Angeles has basically already unofficially clinched the NFC West, but you know they’d much rather ensure they maintain homefield advantage throughout the post-season. The Rams are really in a zone right now on both sides of the football, but Aaron Rodgers and the Packers seemingly always present a stiff challenge.
As always, read on below for a full betting breakdown and match analysis for the Packers/Rams. While the spread is quite large, there are many reasons to believe this game could be quite a bit closer than expected. Enjoy what should be a thrilling affair!
Packers vs. Rams Betting Odds:
Green Bay Packers +9 (-121)
@ Los Angeles Rams -9 (+101)
Over 57.5 (-110)
Under 57.5 (-110)
Packers vs. Rams Pick:
Yes, the Packers have looked pretty dreadful at times this season, and the last time they played – they barely beat the lowly 49ers, but this week will be different coming off a bye week. It has allowed the Packers to get healthy. Aaron Rodgers has had another week to heal, as have his banged-up receiving corps. Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb will return to the lineup in Los Angeles, and that’ll be a huge advantage given the Rams’ injuries.
Entering Week 8, L.A. remains badly banged-up within their own secondary, as it’s believed that Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib will be out injured again in Week 8. Rodgers can and will exploit that, and it is also worth noting that the Rams haven’t faced a passing offense as good as Green Bay’s can be in some time. Expect the Packers to be able to keep the chains moving.
One aspect that has been admittedly awful for Green Bay so far this season has been their pass defense. They were torched over and over again a couple of weeks ago vs. the 49ers and C.J. Beathard. They couldn’t cover and up front they were generating virtually no pass rush.
The bye week though has again come in handy for Green Bay as it’s allowed key personnel to heal and get back on the field. It is expected that the Packers will have top cornerback Jaire Alexander in the lineup on Sunday afternoon, and that should instantly shore up some of the passing coverage. Cooper Kupp is going to be out for the Rams, so Alexander should be able to do a solid job in blanketing Robert Woods. Beyond that, Green Bay’s defense should be able to handle the Rams’ other offensive threats.
In the ground game, it’ll be up to Todd Gurley to again carry the offense – as he normally can do. That said, one area the Packers do excel in is stopping the opposing team’s run game. Green Bay will be able to handle Gurley on the ground, much like Seattle limited the talented back to just 77 yards on 22 carries.
Aaron Rodgers has never been such a sizeable underdog in his entire career, and it certainly isn’t justified here. Green Bay is very fresh off of the bye week and are now healthy and refocused and raring to go. Meanwhile the Rams have the Saints coming back, which will surely be a matchup that decides the NFC, so you have to wonder about their mentality. This promises to be a very close match-up, and while I’m not calling for Green Bay to win outright, look for Rodgers to do enough to keep things within a touchdown throughout.
PICK = Packers +9 (-121)