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October

2012 NFL Regular Season Week 7: Packers vs Rams Preview

Aaron Rodgers

Can Aaron Rodgers keep the offense on a roll against the improved Rams?

There is nothing wrong with Aaron Rodgers. I repeat: there is nothing wrong with Aaron Rodgers.

Any doubts about issues the Green Bay Packers may have been having on offense were silenced permanently last Sunday as Rodgers threw a franchise record-tying six touchdown passes as the Packers shredded the NFL’s best defense in a 42-24 win over the Houston Texans.  The win moves the Packers back to 3-3 on the season and helped alleviate any concerns fans may have had about the direction of the team.

The Packers now move on to face the St. Louis Rams, who also stand at 3-3 and are one of the league’s more improved teams.  That said, this is a game the Packers should win and really have no business losing.   The Packers lost to one of the league’s best teams in the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, but have lost to the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks* as well. (* is citing the controversial ending to that infamous game).

They’ve beating the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints and Texans who all are considered some of the better teams in the NFL

Can the Packers get above .500 for the first time all season and finally beat a team they should have no problem beating?

Scouting the Rams

First year head coach Jeff Fisher has done a solid job so far with the Rams who were one of the worst teams in the NFL a year ago.  While much work remains to be done on the offensive side, the Rams defense is one of the most improved units in the league.

At quarterback is former number one overall draft pick Sam Bradford.  Bradford enjoyed a solid rookie season followed by a sophomore season in which he struggled with injuries and the team had one of its worst seasons in history.  In 2012, Bradford has thrown for 1,337 yards for six touchdowns against five interceptions.  He is currently missing his favorite target in wide receiver Danny Amendola, who is nursing a shoulder injury.

Bradford also has been sacked 18 times this season behind one of the most porous lines in the NFL.  He has been sacked at least once in every game and has been sacked three or more times in three of the Rams’ six games so far this season.  Once the pocket collapses, Bradford has a difficult time planting his feet and getting off a good throw when he has to scramble.

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October

Know Your Packers Enemy: Previewing Packers-Rams with Ryan Van Bibber

In this week’s installment of “Know Your Packers Enemy,” I talked with Ryan Van Bibber of Turf Show Times, the Rams SB Nation blog, to preview Packers-Rams.

Let’s get to the questions.