By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78
Rams 29 – Packers 27
I really had a hard time predicting this game! While I love the Packers, (some of you might know, I write for both the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams) they have been inconsistent all season and not playing as well as we know they can. At the same time, the Rams are (so far) unbeatable and playing more as a consistent, total team week after week.
That’s not how the game Sunday began, however. The Packers defense was firing on all cylinders and playing better than they had in weeks, while the Rams were having a very slow, uncharacteristic start. By game end, Green Bay would fall to 3-3-1, and the Rams would keep their unblemished record.
It was an exciting game and we got to watch two top quarterbacks compete. Almost evenly matched, Rams quarterback Jared Goff finished 19-of-35 for 295 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions, while Packers QB Aaron Rodgers finished with 18-of-30 passing for 286 yards and one touchdown with zero interceptions.
This game really all came down to the last two minutes – Rodgers missed a chance to lead a game-winning drive when running back Ty Montgomery fumbled on the kickoff return following kicker Greg Zuerlein‘s go-ahead 34-yard field goal.
Can the Rams go 16-0? Even as good as this team is, it seems highly unlikely. Not a knock against our favorite team, it’s just highly unlikely for ANY NFL team to win every single game in a season. And while they’ve done well so far, the second half of this season brings with it tougher matchups.
The Rams face the New Orleans Saints in their home, then match up with the Seahawks (QB Russell Wilson will always scare me), the Chiefs (anyone for a trip to Mexico?!), and then we visit the Bears in what is sure to be a frigid game before meeting up with the Eagles.
In the teams favor? Some of our players are just getting started. Looking at you defensive tackle Aaron Donald! I haven’t written about him much, if at all, so far this season, but in the past five games, he’s become the elite player we know he is. He was able to sack Aaron Rodgers twice on Sunday, and now has 10 sacks on the season. Can he get to 20? I think he can!
A bit of a concern comes in with our cornerback situation. My vote, should Sean McVay ask, is that we trade CB Marcus Peters. That doesn’t leave us with any other great option, I’m aware. With CB Aqib Talib still out following ankle surgery, next up is CB Troy Hill, and he’s not good enough to take the Rams to a perfect season. If Montgomery hadn’t fumbled in the fourth quarter, there’s a VERY HIGH chance Green Bay would have emerged victorious.
For now, let’s enjoy being the best team in the league. We can almost start to see the shine of the Super Bowl trophy over the mountains.
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