Won and 0! LA Rams open SoFi Stadium with a win over the Dallas Cowboys

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@LucyRK78

Quarterback Jared Goff is overrated. He gets paid too much. The Rams are a poorly managed team. LA will fall in 2020.

These are just a handful of comments that have surrounded the Los Angeles Rams since last season. Is it warranted? The last time LA faced Dallas, they allowed the Cowboys to run all over them. However, in the home opener this past Sunday, the Cowboys faced a much different Rams team.

Will this silence the haters? Winning a home opener in a brand-new stadium with no fans against the heavily favored team?

The key to opening with a win depended on whether or not the Rams would be able to hold running back Ezekiel Elliott. Last season, he ran all over LA, but there’s a new sheriff commanding Dallas – the pass rush happy new head coach, Mike McCarthy. I smile as I write this – if you’ve read my Green Bay Packers articles over the years, I don’t hide the fact that I would’ve liked to see him move on eons ago.

LA’s rookies came to play Sunday. Getting the start at wide receiver, Van Jefferson set up a turning point play with just two minutes left in the first half, allowing kicker Samuel Sloman to make a 31-yard field goal extending the Rams’ lead 13-7. He also was in the top three targets favored by Goff.

The standout rookie, to me, was safety Jordan Fuller. Not only did he record five solo tackles and three assists, but he also made a game-changing play when he stopped Cowboys rookie wide receiver, CeeDee Lamb, just one yard short of the line to gain on 4th and 3 from the Rams’ own 11.

New kicker Sloman fared ok. While he missed the early 29-yard field goal, he ended the game making his other two field goal attempts and went 2 for 2 on his extra-point attempts. I imagine that donking your first shot in your first pro-start would be hard to overcome mentally, so I DO give him credit for the way he came back from that. I still would like a stronger kicker in place, though.

Los Angeles is favored for a Week 2 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

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What’s in store for the Green Bay Packers in 2020

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@Lucyrk78

The NFL schedules were released Thursday night, although we have known the opponents throughout the week. I was surprised to see Green Bay opening the season in Minnesota. I can’t remember a time the opener wasn’t a Chicago Bears/Green Bay Packers game. And I know I cannot be alone – this is actually the first time in Packers franchise history.

Due to the pandemic, what will games even look like this season? Will the number of fans be limited severely, with at least 6ft of space between seats? Or will we only be able to watch in our houses, and sports bars? How will the lack of crowd hype make a difference in a player’s game?

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Packers playoff scenarios

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyrk78

With last weekend’s Green Bay Packers (ugly) win over the Washington Redskins, they now sit at 10-3 and are one step closer to a first-round bye and are pushing for the NFC North title. Today, the Packers hold the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

Of course, I, along with every other loyal Packers fan, would like their chances to be a bit stronger – there are a few too many teams affecting the Packers desired outcomes currently.

Let’s take a look at the possible playoff scenarios and how they might come out ahead.

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Big changes happening in L.A. with the Rams

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LucyRK78

So many people fear change, but it’s so different as a football fan. We know how needed change is and we welcome it! Hi, Los Angeles Rams.

The first loss, ok, every team has to lose a game. Two in a row? Concerning. Now we’re at three consecutive losses and change have to be made.

Thankfully, all of a sudden on Tuesday afternoon, the Rams started making moves.

The first move sent cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens, in exchange for linebacker Kenny Young and a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft. I like it. Peters play seems to go down each season and I like the stats I’m seeing for Young.

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The Saints go marching to LA

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LucyRK78

The New Orleans Saints are marching into Los Angeles Sunday, for a game fans many Saints fans have been breathlessly awaiting. 

The Saints and Los Angeles Rams will meet for the first time since maybe the most controversial playoff games the league has ever seen, with the outcome leading to a change in NFL rules.

Fans are still fired up and even recently, still trying to sue the Rams or Rams players for the Saints losing their chance to go to the Super Bowl.

On Wednesday, Saints quarterback Drew Brees was asked how long it will take him to forget the non-call and the loss it caused.

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Looking ahead to Green Bay’s home opener

 

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LucyRK78

The Packers face a tough schedule right off the bat. For the second week in a row, they’re facing a divisional opponent, and while we do love home-field advantage, the Vikings have shown us that doesn’t always help.

Going into Sunday’s game, both teams are 1-0, but while Green Bay was fighting a battle in Chicago, the Vikings had a much easier game in Atlanta. This is going to be another tough game for the Packers.

And while I always have all the confidence in my team, there are a few teams I still get nervous about facing. The Vikings are near the top of that list. If you’ve been reading my articles for a while, you know how much I hate tense and close games. So, yup! I’m already stressing Sunday.

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Packers-Bears open the NFL’s 100th season

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78

The NFL is kicking off their 100th season with a Packers-Bears game. One might think that the NFL would choose to have their Super Bowl Champs, the New England Patriots, to kick-off such an anniversary. Instead, one of the league’s most storied rivalries will mark the start of what promises to be a momentous celebration.

Green Bay narrowly holds the edge in this matchup at 97-95-6. For Green Bay Packers fans, this game is counting-down-the-hours-call-off-work-Friday level excitement. For Chicago Bears fans, it’s also a celebration of their 100th season.

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Unpopular opinions, and possible Green Bay Packers additions

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@Lucyrk78

**Fair warning**  From what I’m seeing on Twitter and the responses to a few of my Facebook posts on a few of my thoughts on players that I find would make great additions to the Packers’ roster, there may be unpopular opinions here!

But isn’t that what the internet loves? I know I do; I love debating why I like one player over another and am ALWAYS open to changing my mind. I don’t know everything about every player. So! Feel free to tweet me or comment on anything here and let’s start a dialogue!

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Breaking down the Packers 2019 season: after the bye

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@Lucyrk78

 

To refresh your memory, here’s the Packers 2019 season schedule.  In my previous article, I left off at the bye week.

Week Date Opponent Time (CT)
1 9/5 at Chicago Bears (TNF) 7:20
2 9/15 vs. Minnesota Vikings 12:00
3 9/22 vs. Denver Broncos 12:00
4 9/26 vs. Philadelphia Eagles (TNF) 7:20
5 10/6 at Dallas Cowboys 3:25
6 10/14 vs. Detroit Lions (MNF) 7:15
7 10/20 vs. Oakland Raiders 12:00
8 10/27 at Kansas City Chiefs (SNF) 7:20
9 11/3 at Los Angeles Chargers 3:25
10 11/10 vs. Carolina Panthers 12:00
11 BYE WEEK
12 11/24 at San Francisco 49ers 3:25
13 12/1 at New York Giants 12:00
14 12/8 vs. Washington Redskins 12:00
15 12/15 vs. Chicago Bears 12:00
16 12/23 at Minnesota Vikings (MNF) 7:15
17 12/29 at Detroit Lions 12:00

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Breaking Down the Green Bay Packers 2019 Season, pt 1

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyrk78

 

I don’t think anyone that knows me doubts how fervent a Packers fan I am. To say last season was disappointing almost minimizes how bad it really was. AND it was the second year in a row Green Bay missed out on the postseason.

I’m the first one to say, “This will be our year!” but there are a lot of unknowns – mainly because the Packers have a new head coach in Matt LaFleur.

Here’s the full, 16-game schedule facing the Packers in 2019:

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