Packers-Rams: How we picked it

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Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) pressures St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles (5) against at Lambeau Field.


Packers reporter


St. Louis needed three turnovers to upset the Arizona Cardinals on the road last week. Aaron Rodgers’ interception-less streak at Lambeau Field could very well come to an end with all the pressure the Rams generate with a four-man rush, but it’s hard to foresee them stealing enough opportunities to overcome the Packers. Rookie running back Todd Gurley adds a new dimension for the Rams' offense and provides a significant challenge for Green Bay’s improving run defense. Offensively, Rodgers’ primary weapons are all banged up, but the potential return of starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga would vastly improve the quarterback’s ability to extend plays. The Rams’ defense keeps them in it, but Rodgers wins it.


Packers reporter


The Rams have a terrific defensive line that shouldn't be taken lightly. It could be the recipe for slowing down quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who's been almost flawless through the season's first four games. But the Packers are just too good to lose this one. In years past, the Packers might have needed a shootout to win. Even at home. This is a different Packers team, one that's willing and able to grind out victories with its defense and balanced offense. They'll improve to 5-0, including 3-0 against the vaunted NFC West, in a game they control from start to finish.


Packers columnist


Las Vegas' nine- to 10-point spread seems way high. The Rams' front four, led by second-year defensive tackle Aaron Donald, is good enough to dominate and gives them a chance against any team, anywhere. If Todd Gurley gets anything going on the ground after rushing for 146 yards last week, St. Louis will have a great chance. But the Packers' run defense led by Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji is no pushover. And Aaron Rodgers' ability to escape the rush and throw darts from outside the pocket could be the antidote to the Rams' front four and the difference in the game.


Packers editor


Hard to see the inconsistent Rams pulling off back-to-back road upsets over unbeaten teams, particularly after losing leading tackler Alec Ogletree to a broken ankle last Sunday. The Packers' run defense has been stout and should hold its own against Rams rookie sensation Todd Gurley, and St. Louis quarterback Nick Foles is a game manager in the mold of the Chiefs' Alex Smith, who gave Green Bay little trouble in a 38-28 Packers' victory. On offense, look for Eddie Lacy and James Starks to find holes in the Rams' run defense and help hold down their fearsome pass rush. This game would be more worrisome inside the Rams' home dome; at Lambeau Field, the Packers should prosper.


News director


Green Bay can’t catch a break when it comes to facing top-shelf running backs; this week it’s St. Louis’ Todd Gurley fresh off a 146-yard effort. But over the past three weeks, the Packers have shown tremendous improvement defending against the run. A bigger problem might be the Rams’ talented front four, which boasts four first-round draft picks and a fifth on the bench. But St. Louis took a huge hit when linebacker Alec Ogletree sustained an ankle injury last weekend that will knock him out of the Green Bay game. In many ways, he was the MVP of this strong defense. And you can’t bet against Aaron Rodgers playing at Lambeau Field, where the Packers have won their past 11 games.

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