Oct 16, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) runs against Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Mathews (52) during the first half of the Packers-Rams game at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Rams 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Packers vs. Rams - Lombardiave staff picks

The Packers won’t be wearing their throwbacks today, but they should take care of business by dispatching the Rams and raising their record above .500 for the first time this season. Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

It’s been a strange and wacky schedule for the Green Bay Packers so far this season. The number of noon games played by the Packers has been minimal, though it does get better now that the season is moving on … and it starts today when the Packers visit St. Louis.

So, with that in mind, we’ve decided to throw our picks out there will all the other prognosticators.

Here we go:

Jerry Bulone: The Rams have the better defense and they are palying at home, where they are undefeated this year. However Aaron Rodgers may be back to his 2010-11 form, and when he plays like that, he doesn’t lose. Jerry’s pick: Packers 24, Rams 16

Bill Walton: On Sunday the Packers take on a Rams team that is playing at home after a frustrating 17-14 loss to a Dolphins team they probably didn’t take seriously enough. The Packers come into the game with some momentum after their all-phases beatdown of the Texans. The Rams definitely won’t take the Packers lightly, and the Packers will hopefully step on the Rams and not let them up in the second half, as they did against the Colts.

One could say this is a must win game for both teams. For the Rams to keep up with division-leading San Francisco at 5-2, and both Seattle and Arizona at 4-2, looking down at them. The Packers need to put two wins together and maintain their momentum. Yes, it’s early in the season but the Packers at 3-3 are looking up at Minnesota and Chicago with 4 wins each. The good news for the Packers: Their division games so far are all wins. It’s back to Lambeau after this one for some home cookin’ against Jacksonville.

We’ll be at Tailgator’s in Magnolia for the “watch party” tweeting and eating with a bunch of Packers fans, so come on by!

Here are our picks – Bill and and wife Deneen both come in at 34-17 Packers. Son John likes the Packers, too, at 35-12.

Tim Thomas: Today’s game between the Packers and Rams is key for the Packers as with two home games against Jacksonville and Arizona before the bye week, the Packers could ride a huge wave of momentum. Aaron Rodgers is ready to have a big game as he is playing like the man who won the MVP last year while Jordy Nelson is playing like the receiver that was Pro Bowl caliber last season. The Packers’ offensive line will have to deal with Chris Long and Robert Quinn. However, the Packers defense can dominate St Louis with their weak receiving corps as you can expect the Packers to force a few turnovers with Clay Matthews being a dominating force pressuring Sam Bradford as the Packers go above 500.

Prediction: Packers 31, Rams 14

Tommy Marquardt: The Packers are the better team in talent, coaching, and experience. The question is: Was last week the awakening of the sleeping giant or a moment of clarity for an inebriated drunk stumbling home? I’m betting on the former.

PACKERS 31 – Rams 17

Ray Rivard: From here on out, every game is a must-win and both the Packers and Rams will be playing like that – at least for the first quarter. Though the Rams’ defense has come to play week-in and week-out, the Packers offense has just started to hit its stride as we saw last week.

If Aaron Rodgers stays upright and if Coach Mike McCarthy adjusts well as the game progresses, there’s no reason the Packers can’t hit the 30-point mark today. When the Packers do that, they usually win. However, the wild card in this one is the Packers defense. If they can keep Steven Jackson from running wild on them – like they did with Arian Foster last week – they will be able to control QB Sam Bradford and keep the Rams to field goals instead of touchdowns.

It might be a bit of a slugfest early on, but the Packers should roll in the second half of this one.

My pick: Packers 34 Rams 16


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