3 reasons why Packers vs. Rams is the must-see matchup in the NFC

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

After suffering just their third loss of the season to the Minnesota Vikings on the road in Week 11, the focus for the Green Bay Packers now shifts to the 7-3 Los Angeles Rams.

Coming off of a quite shocking loss themselves to the San Francisco 49ers on the road on Monday Night Football, they will be looking to make a statement of their own against Green Bay.

Here are a few reasons why this game will be a must-see matchup in Week 12.

Reason #1: The offensive firepower on both sides

Both Los Angeles and Green Bay have pretty good teams overall but on the offensive side is where things really can heat up.

On the road this season, Los Angeles is 4-1 while averaging 27.8 PPG. Meanwhile, the Packers are 4-0 at home, averaging 25.8 PPG. This could lead to a potential shootout of sorts if the defenses can’t seem to slow down the opposition offensively.

Furthermore, both Aaron Rodgers (92/135, 68.1%, 1,069 yards, nine touchdowns, one interception, 7.9 YPA, 267.3 YPG, 111.0 passer rating at Lambeau Field), and Matthew Stafford (113/168, 67.3%, 1,442 yards, 11 touchdowns, five interceptions, 8.6 YPA, 288.4 YPG on the road), will be looking to make an impact for their respective teams.

Reason #2: Packers defense vs. Rams offense

As mentioned above, the Rams have scored an average of 27.8 PPG on the road, which ranks ninth on the season. Meanwhile, the Packers’ defense has given up just 11 PPG at home, which ranks first.

This is going to be the matchup to watch as both teams have been as good as advertised. Both the pass and run games for Los Angeles are dangerous, it’s going to come down to which side can stay aggressive and which can capitalize on certain opportunities in the game.

Reason #3: Both Packers and Rams still have plenty to play for

The Packers are looking to remain perfect at home with a 5-0 record while also looking to remain near the top in the NFC playoff picture. Los Angeles, meanwhile, is also still well within the thick of things in the NFC playoff race. As it stands, Green Bay is the two-seed behind the 9-2 Arizona Cardinals (better overall record), while the Rams are the five-seed at 7-3.

These teams have also recently played against one another in the postseason, having faced off in last year’s divisional-round game at Lambeau Field. The game was pretty much dominated by Green Bay from start to finish as they would end up winning decisively by a score of 32-18.

The Rams will be looking for revenge while Green Bay will be looking to get back on the winning track after losing in Week 11. Currently, Green Bay has won five of their last six games against the Rams under Aaron Rodgers dating back to 2009.

Overall, this game has plenty of star power on both sides and both teams will be looking for crucial wins late in the season. For Green Bay, this is most likely going to be their toughest remaining game at home as they see Cleveland, Chicago, and Minnesota in Green Bay to finish the year.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, sees three of their final six opponents after Green Bay coming from the NFC West, including the NFC-leading Cardinals. In short, if there was any rematch this year that could live up to the hype, it’s this one.

I’ll be in attendance for it cheering loud and proud for Green Bay. Here’s to hoping it works. Get your snacks/popcorn ready, it’s going to be a show in the NFC in Week 12.

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