The Packers head to St. Louis to take on the Rams this Sunday. Both teams are 3-3 and seem to match up evenly on paper. Let’s take a look at the key matchups this game will bring.
Rams CB Cortland Finnegan vs. Packers WR Jordy Nelson/Randall Cobb
Finnegan has been a good free agent pick up for the Rams and is reunited with Jeff Fisher, who was Finnegan’s head coach in Tennessee. According to ProFootballFocus, Finnegan has been targeted 40 times this season and averages just 8.8 yards/catch.
I have Finnegan matched up on both Nelson and Cobb because Finnegan is likely move over to the slot in the Rams’ nickel package. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers passed just 29 times in last year’s game so depending on how many 4-5 wide sets the Pack use will determine who Finnegan lines up on.
In last season’s matchup between these teams, Nelson had just 2 catches but the most memorable was a 93 yard catch and run on a slant for a TD. Of course, St. Louis didn’t have Finnegan or this same quality secondary. Whoever Finnegan is blanketing will definitely be earning every ball caught.
With the Rams secondary needing to respect Nelson, Cobb and James Jones, one of the three should put up some good numbers. My bet is on Cobb as it’s just plain dumb to leave Nelson one on one, even against the trusty Finnegan. The Rams can only offer so much help over the top so they will have to pick their poison.