Packers vs. Rams: What to Watch For

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The Green Bay Packers (3-3) travel to face the St. Louis Rams (3-3) at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday.

Unfortunately, the Rams are no longer the pushovers we’ve come to expect the Rams to be in recent years. That’s primarily because they’ve got a nice coaching staff and play some tough defense. In fact, the Rams are undefeated at home this season. They’ve beat the Redskins, Seahawks and Cardinals — three teams that might be good.

Who’s not going to play?
We told you about the Packers list yesterday and we also told you why they’re not going to miss those guys. St. Louis will be without receiver Danny Amendola, linebacker Mario Haggan and tackle Roger Saffold. They also might be without his backup Wayne Hunter, who’s listed as questionable. In other words, the Packers pass rush should look pretty solid this week.

Who should I bet on?
That depends on which Packers team you think is going to show up. The glorious, well-polished unit that throttled Houston last week or the jerks that stumbled all over themselves in Indianapolis the week before? We’re optimistic right now, so we’re going to take the former. The Packers are favored by five and the Rams lack of an offense should allow them to win by more than that.

What to Watch For

Kurt Warner

Kurt Warner
The only way the Rams are putting up any points is if Kurt Warner walks through that door. Remember that wild card playoff game against the Cardinals when Warner threw for like 17 touchdowns? Well, Warner used to do that for the Rams on a regular basis. Unfortunately for the Rams, Sam Bradford is no Kurt Warner. This Rams offense is ranked 28th in the NFL. They’re putting up 308 yards per game. Only the Jets, Seahawks, Cardinals and Jaguars are worse. Quick, name me a Rams receiver! Yeah… Couple that with the fact Steven Jackson is a shell of his former self and the only way the Rams are putting up points is if Warner shows up with Marshall Faulk and Ike Bruce in tow.

Jeff Fisher's awesome mustache

The mustache your father would be proud of
Mustaches are in, but only if you’re a hipster. Jeff Fisher is certainly not a hipster. He has, however, been sporting the same shitty mustache since probably 1979, when he was smoking a joint and yelling “freedom rock!” while listening to Skynard and standing around in his cut-off jean shorts. Yes. He cut those shorts off himself. Anyway, even though he looks like a total dope, Jeff Fisher can coach some football. He’s got more than 140 wins as a head coach. His rag-tag bunch has three wins already this season, which is one more than they had all of last season. Fisher will outcoach Mike McCarthy on Sunday. We just have to hope the talent gap is too much for his Rams to overcome.

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss
Yes, this is just an excuse for us to throw in a picture of a hot chick. This is model Karlie Kloss, who’s reportedly dating Sam Bradford. They were spotted at Coachella together this year. Will she be at the game? Well, would you want to spend time in St. Louis? You’ll have to admire her from afar.

Davon House injury

Davon House’s mangled shoulder
House has been out since early in the preseason with a shoulder injury. Before he got hurt he was on track to be a starter at cornerback. House has practiced the past few weeks, but the Packers haven’t activated him on game day. Sunday could be House’s first action of the season. He’s listed as probable on the injury report and with Sam Shields out, House could get some action. The question is how his shoulder will respond. House has been working with some sort of sling that limits his motion, much like Tramon Williams last season. Williams sucked last season. Will House be any different?

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

12 Comments on "Packers vs. Rams: What to Watch For"

  1. Shawn iltarion

    So, Janoris Jenkins is going to play. Typical. He is still susceptible to double moves, and the Rams still have to worry about Randall Cobb.

    Hey, I am fully pro choice when it comes to men’s facial hair. If you want to rock the mustache, then don’t let society tell you otherwise.

    A primary thing to watch for here is overaggressive and physical defense. Jeff Fischer’s teams annually led the league in personal foul calls, and we have all seen how Fischer’s disciple, Jim Schwartz, rolls.

    Fortunately, since the Packers have already played Seattle with replacement refs, they’ve already endured about every cheap shot imaginable. So, dealing with the Rams should be nothing new.

    This is a HUGE game for the Packers who desperately need to string a couple victories. The Rams are no joke, but if the Packers can run the ball and stop the run, they should win.

  2. buddy

    A head coach’s power is derived from his mustache. Everyone knows this. Hell, Total Packers should have a contest to see who can photo shop the best stache on Mike McCarthy.
    As for Fisher, that’s one bad ass mustache. He could be an Avenger with that thing.

  3. Richard

    McCarthy was pimpin the stash back in the 90s. It should be required for NFL coaches, especially if you are 200 pounds overweight like Andy Reid.

  4. TyKoSteamboat

    Dude…seriously. Jeff Fisher’s moustache & mullet are both totally badass.
    Monty, how dare you challenge coach Fish & those iconic salt & pepper manes???

  5. ay hombre

    This game and the 5-point spread screams, “Bet the Packers!” But those who have bet games in our time will look at this one with some suspicion.

    Disclaimer: This is all coming from the guy who last week said you should take the Texans -3.5 and laugh all the way to the bank.

    That being said, I don’t think that game last week was the massive runaway it was all cracked up to be. The Texans were miserable. From their game plan to their utter failure in execution, the Texans never really showed up. They took costly penalties time and time and time again and the Packers were allowed to stay on the field over and over and over again.

    Rodgers played huge, but other than that I’m not really sure what to make of that game. Can the MVP play two awesome games back to back? He hasn’t this year and neither has the team.

    I’m not trying to come off as hyper-negative, but I truly we believe we have the most talented players in the NFL. Something has been missing this year and I’m not sure we’ve found it yet.

    I hope it’s 42-3…but I see it closer and with many punts.

    Packers 19 Rams 14…The under is the play here.

  6. Andy

    yeah the mustache is totally bad-ass. Remember fischer has been coaching since the days when you couldn’t trust someone if they didnt have the state trooper look.

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