Cheeseheads, Alicia Keys, I’m going swiss cheese. Lil Wayne’s undefeated lyricism is on the frontlines propelling this Packers team to a Super Bowl run. Magic was stirred up once inside Weezy’s cup back in 2010 and since then Green Bay has been desperate for a new hype track. Like most sequels it doesn’t live up to the original unless we’re counting Super Bowl 1 and 2. If the remix to Green and Yellow isn’t enough fuel to the fire, 6000+ Cheeseheads are back at Lambeau! (humble brag, I will be one of them thanks to Sturgeon slayer Ed Haedt). Fans may be rusty with no preseason or regular season tailgating, so please no puking in the bleachers or do who cares we’re BACK!
Why does it feel like everyone is talking about the Rams and their stars Aaron Donald & Jalen Ramsey? Count Green Bay’s All-Pros and get back to me. We cannot downplay the quality on the Rams roster but the hype machine has to sell matchups. Rams were the one team who worried me with their ability to defend the pass but the strength of this Packers offense is the multiheaded monster at running back with Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams or AJ Dillon. Run the ball well and Green Bay wont need to worry about Davante vs Jalen or Aaron Donald going terminator on QB1.
Fortunately for Green Bay, the Rams offense appears shaken up. Quarterback Jared Goff is recovering from thumb surgery just over a week ago and his favorite target Cooper Kupp will be questionable with a knee issue. Rams will rely on Cam Akers and their run game to keep this game competitive as the Packers defense is well rested coming off a bye and will be looking to punish a frozen Goff. Not that past failures are indicative of future outcomes, but Jared Goff is 0-2 in games below freezing with 0 passing TDs and 5 INTS. Add in a broken thumb as well as Za’darius Smith chasing you around and you have a recipe for a bad day. The Rams are 2-2 in their last four games. First loss was a gift to the then winless New York Jets followed by a division loss to Seattle. LA gutted out a much-needed win versus Arizona in week 17 before going into Seattle for Super Wild Card Weekend and winning 30-20 to move on to Saturday’s tilt with Green Bay.
Aaron Rodgers & Davante Adams
QB1 is playing at an MVP caliber rate. Regardless of how quality the opposition is, Matt LaFleur has set this offense up for Rodgers to flourish. Los Angeles specialty will be putting the pressure up front and letting their three stellar corners hold their own. Defensive Coordinator Brandon Staley is a prospect for upcoming head coaching gigs for his ability to transform this defense. Green Bay will rely on the run game to break the Rams ability from dictating the tempo of ferocity. LA’s much-loved defense has been best in the league in points allowed to QBs. Sure, they may be able to slow him down if the run games not in perfect condition. They may shut down certain looks but never doubt 12 to find ways to get new guys involved. In addition to being 1st against QB scoring, they also are the stingiest against WR points on top of being 3rd against RB points. That leaves LA susceptible to the TE mismatch where they rank 8th. Rodgers coming off a 4 TD game should warrant an on fire warning for anyone coming to Titletown.
Aaron Rodgers: 265 yards 2 TDs
Davante Adams: 6 catches 75 yards and 1 TD
The rotation last week presented Aaron Jones with 11 attempts compared to Jamaal Williams’ 5 carries followed by AJ Dillon who finished with 1 carry. Gamescript and weather may call for a different monster in this backfield as the snowman AJ Dillon showed extremely useful in the snowglobe game against Tennessee. Jamaal has a burst that sparks the offense and provides a secure extra blocker. Aaron Jones has the biggest upside in the passing game which guarantees his volume while Jamaal and AJ Dillon may get the result of a hot hand. Wouldn’t expect a high amount of yardage on the ground but more versatile use of each back as LA’s run D is allowing the 3rd least YPC in the NFL.
Guy is America’s sweetheart already with a touching call out to Packer fans everywhere in his Player’s Tribune article. As we said earlier, the weakest part of the strong team is their ability to cover the TE position. Since Davante will be busy drawing attention it is up to Bobby to shine. Expect Bobby to create mismatches in coverage and securing zingers from QB1. Tonyan will have plenty of opportunities to gain big chunks of yards. LA has to decide of whether to play Jalen Ramsey on Davante Adams. If they do are the Rams going to shadow him into the slot where Davante shines and Jalen rarely plays. The alternative option is to double team Adams with two pretty decent corners in Darious Williams and Troy Hill. Ramsey would subsequently get MVS or Lazard with the bigger threat being MVS. Lazard and Tonyan have the most upside with the LA defense having to decide how they want LaFleur to beat them.
6 Catches for 75 yards 1 TD
He may get the most unfortunate matchup but never count him out. He is capable of scoring from 1/3 deep shots and those are odds I can live with in a tough game.
Vegas has Packers favored by 7 points. Seems like Vegas is respecting the Packers more than the worrisome folks scared of the Rams defense. I saw a stat the other day that said in under 30 degrees there is a 100% chance that Rodgers kicks ass. There will be rough spots and stalls but QB1 is on another level so I will always trust the best playmaker on the field. I trust the Packers can stunt the Rams offense and regularly position themselves in short fields. Wont take long before LA will be huddled next to the heaters and making plans for the offseason.
Green Bay gets ahead early and holds on to advance into the NFC Championship with a 28-20 win.