Predictions for the statistical performances in Packers vs. Rams.
The Green Bay Packers versus Los Angeles Rams divisional-round matchup will be one fans remember forever.
An entertaining game will take place this weekend at Lambeau with temperatures reaching below freezing.
When playing in those conditions, Aaron Rodgers has been outstanding. I can’t say the same for Jared Goff.
Rodgers is an astonishing 28-6 with a passer rating of 108.3. He has thrown a touchdown to interception ratio of 76-13 in those 34 games. Just remarkable. He seems to be living in his own world when playing in freezing conditions.
On the other hand, Goff is a measly 1-1 in two career games in below freezing temperature. I know it is a small sample size but he has struggled mightily hard. He has a passer rating of 34.5 and a completion percentage sub of 50 percent.
Could it get any worse? I think so. In those two games, Goff has thrown for ZERO touchdowns and FIVE interceptions. Good luck this weekend with three metal pins in his throwing hand’s thumb.
How do I think the quarterbacks and their teammates bode this weekend at the frozen tundra?
Here’s what I think:
Quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers flourishes while Jared Goff is minimalized by injury
Aaron Rodgers: 27-34 for 315 yds, 3 TDs
With the temperature in favor of Rodgers, he will steadily pick apart the Rams’ secondary. It will be a tough matchup that Rodgers eventually exploits for one of his many virtuosos.
Jared Goff: 24-42 for 250 yds, 1 TD
With Goff attempting to play through a nagging thumb injury, he will struggle to get the ball downfield. The Rams will be down early in this game forcing Goff to throw the ball more than he’d like. He will struggle in the cold conditions completing 57 percent of his passes for one touchdown.
Running backs: Aaron Jones strives while Cam Akers gets swarmed
Aaron Jones: 21 att. for 112 yds, 1 TD, 6 rec. for 68 yds
The Rams’ secondary will look to minimize the abilities of Aaron Rodgers, thus opening up the field for their star running back Aaron Jones. Jones will have a field day, racking up 180 all-purpose yards. Expect Jones to be dicing up the Rams interior line averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
Cam Akers: 15 att. for 78 yds, 1 TD, 8 rec. for 60 yds
Cam Akers will be heavily involved in the passing game because the Rams will be trailing early. They will need chunk plays in order to keep up with the Packers’ scoring abilities. Goff will struggle to throw the deep ball, thus relying on his check-downs. Akers will be heavily involved in the passing game while carrying the ball less than normal.
Wide receivers: Both Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp have solid outings
Davante Adams: 11 rec. for 115 yds, 1 TD
You may be thinking, “No way Davante Adams has this good of a game with Jalen Ramsey shadowing him”. You may be right, but with the connection he and Rodgers have had thus far, I wouldn’t count this type of performance out. Expect the battle of Adams and Ramsey to be one for the ages.
Cooper Kupp: 9 rec. for 120 yds
Roberts Woods will be getting shadowed by Jaire Alexander on the outskirts of the field. Cooper Kupp typically plays in the slot and will most likely be covered by Chandon Sullivan. With Woods struggling to get open and Goff being unable to effectively throwing the ball downfield, Kupp will be the main target of short-yardage passes, accumulating plenty of targets.
Overall, the Green Bay Packers will come out on top with great performances from their star offensive players.