The winner of Saturdays playoff game in between the Green Bay Packers (13-3) and Los Angeles Rams (10-6) will go on to face either the New Orleans Saints or Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC National championship next Sunday.
Heres how the staff at Packers Wire believes the NFC Divisional Round match with the Rams will go down:
Packers vs. Rams: 5 things to see and a forecast
Zach Kruse (11-5): Packers 27, Rams 20
And Im just not positive in the Rams being able to score adequate points– without a huge help from the Packers– to win the video game. If the Packers avoid huge mistakes and play their game, they advance to the NFC title video game. The guess here is that the Packers start fast, survive a few big swings from the Rams mid-game, and then get a takeaway late to seal the offer.
Jack Wepfer (12-4): Packers 27, Rams 20
The numbers recommend this will be a good one. No. 1 offense versus the No. 1 defense. Davante Adams versus Jalen Ramsey. Aaron a Donald versus, well, most likely a series of double teams and running back chip blocks. I do think these match ups will produce some good football and limited margin of error, but the Packers triumph due to the fact that I just dont see the Rams having the ability to score adequate points. The Packers are fatal in the red zone, and Jared Goff will struggle to match the Packers output. Give me the Packers to advance to the NFC Championship.
Marty Kauffman (13-3): Packers 28, Rams 14
The Packers offense against the Rams defense. How do the Packers prosper on offense versus Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey? If the Packers jump out to an early lead and maintain it, requiring Jared Goff on a bad thumb to throw more, Green Bay has the advantage to take control of the video game.
Anthony Nash (13-3): Packers 27, Rams 20
Despite the vast differences in between the offenses of the Packers and Rams, this game might end up being closer than numerous might recommend. Although the Rams offense has a hard time at times, its defense rarely seems to, and they do a fantastic task of safeguarding the deep ball. Despite this, the Packers may have just enough on both sides of the ball to score enough and limit the Rams from running the ball too much to come far from this video game with a win.
Nolan Stracke (14-2): Packers 31, Rams 23
All eyes are focused on Aaron Donald and the Rams defense, but what about the Packers defense? I believe the Rams offense, which does not have the firepower it utilized to, will have more difficulty than Aaron Rodgers & & Co. versus the Rams defense. The Packers have had plenty of time to come up with a plan to stop, or at least slow down, Aaron Donald and LAs front.
Joe Kipp (14-2): Packers 27, Rams 17
Its tough to see the Rams having much success on offense when Jared Goff is expected to fit up with a damaged thumb in sub-freezing temperature levels. The path to victory for Los Angeles lies through Cam Akers and the running video game. The Rams will likely require a turnover, too, from the Packers offense. For LA, Green Bays offense has the least turnovers (11) of any group in the NFL this season. On defense, the Packers have to put pressure on Goff early and frequently. The Rams signal caller threw seven interceptions (second-most in NFL) when under pressure this season, per PFF.
Brandon Carwile (9-3): Packers 27, Rams 17
You wish to speak about the LA defense? When, lets talk about their offense for. Passing the ball is hard for the Rams with Jared Goff handling a thumb injury. They emphasize running the ball and in 2015 that would have been a major issue for Green Bay. This years defense looks way better than it did a year back. Theres a lot of confidence there. Offensively, the Packers are going to be able to do just enough to score more points. Rodgers tosses for 2 goals and Green Bay runs for over 140 backyards in a win.
And Im just not confident in the Rams being able to score enough points– without a huge help from the Packers– to win the game. I do believe these match ups will make for some good football and minimal margin of mistake, but the Packers win out because I simply dont see the Rams being able to score sufficient points. The Packers are deadly in the red zone, and Jared Goff will struggle to match the Packers output. In spite of the huge differences in between the offenses of the Packers and Rams, this video game could end up being closer than numerous may suggest. Regardless of this, the Packers may have just enough on both sides of the ball to score enough and limit the Rams from running the ball too much to come away from this game with a win.