Friday, October 9, 2015

Packers Take On Rams at Lambeau | Ticket King Green Bay

Packers versus RamsFour games for the Packers, and four wins. So far, so good. Don't celebrate yet though. We should keep our eyes on that original 12-4 number our in-house expert T.J. Bryce came up with before the season started. Still by starting 4-0, that makes 12-4 easier to attain. Next up is a home game against St. Louis.

Can Aaron Rodgers avoid this vaunted front four of the Rams? The Rams have the best and deepest defensive line in the NFL. They are aggressive rushers. However, there is nobody better at exploiting aggressive pass rushers than Aaron Rodgers. The Packers All-Pro quarterback excels at sidestepping pass rushers and finding lanes in the process to run through all while keeping his eyes down the field at the same time.

Will Brian Bulaga play? The above question could be aided by the potential return of Brian Bulaga who is working his way back from yet another injury. Originally slated to miss six weeks, T.J. Bryce told us in his weekly updates to us that he believed Bulaga wouldn't return until after the bye week. Well here he is, back at practice after two weeks, and two weeks short of the bye week as well. If Bulaga plays, that will help.

So where do the Packers stand on injuries? Green Bay has been hit hard by injuries in 2015. Jordy Nelson, Sam Barrington, and Josh Boyd are all done for the season. Davante Adams is currently sidelined with a high ankle sprain and won't play Sunday. Morgan Burnett is still nursing a bad calf. Randall Cobb is still working that shoulder back to full strength. James Jones is nursing a sore hamstring. Eddie Lacy avoided a scare earlier this season when he turned over on his ankle against the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football but he appears to be fine now. Brian Bulaga is practicing, after being expected to miss six weeks with a MCL injury. Even though the Packers injuries have been bad, they could have been a lot worse. Adams will return soon, so will Burnett, as will Bulaga. Cobb and Jones injuries are getting better. This could have been much, much worse.

Can the Packers front seven stop Todd Gurley? The Rams made Gurley the 10th overall draft selection this year, knowing he was still recovering from that torn ACL, also knowing they had to be patient. That patience is paying off. In his second NFL game and first full game, Todd Gurley had a monster performance, finishing with 19 carries for 146 yards. The Packers problem with good running backs is already well documented. The good news is that is in the past, and the Packers have done a great job with the last three they have faced: Marshawn Lynch, Jamal Charles, and Carlos Hyde. Hopefully they can continue that trend.

Final Score: The Rams will put up a good fight, but we expect the Packers to win this game 38-24.

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