Stop Steven Jackson. Even if Sam Bradford goes nuts, there is no way the Rams can trade series with our offense if Steven Jackson is mostly rendered ineffective. If the Rams manage to get him going, however, they could eat up clock, keep the game close and give us a scare. And stopping Jackson, by the way, is not an easy task. Even when his offense has little balance and his line is providing marginal blocking for him, the guy can be a beast.
Raji, Pickett and Green should be busy today (and may in fact be the unit Capers goes with on 1st and 2nd downs.
McCarthy and Rodgers may need to have a plan B in mind for lots of their plays today. While the Rams’ D is definitely not stellar they have some good players (like Chris Long, James Laurenitis and even Al Harris – who will have an idea re what’s coming). But more concerning, they have a head coach who has drawn up some scary good defensive gameplans in his career.
We need to keep an eye on Lance Kendricks – former Badger TE who figures to get a lot of looks today. He was targeted 9 times last week (though he dropped 2 TDs) and if there is one very obvious spot the Packers are deficient, it’s in pass coverage over the middle. Kendricks I’m sure also wants to have a huge game in front of family and friends.
Rodgers just has to be Rodgers today. Even if he’s mostly himself, I just can’t see the Rams hanging in there. I don’t care if we were playing the Ravens, if Rodgers/McCarthy continue to include so many different folks in the passing game (12 players caught a pass last week), no defense can stop that. It’s a defensive coordinator’s nightmare.
This could be a sneaky good game for Starks – as the Rams are mostly likely creating a defensive gameplan to contain our passing game. Defenses can’t really afford to think about stopping both the run and pass because it’s kind of a waste of time. So Starks may have some good holes to run through today.
This could be an opportunist’s game for our defenders. My guess is that if the Rams fall behind and take to passing, as good as I think Bradford will be some day, he’ll be forced into taking chances in this one that will result in turnovers.
One thing I’m betting will happen today at lot is pressure on Bradford (also forcing mistakes). Matthews is ready for a wild game one of these weeks and I suspect it will be today.
This is the kind of game we just want to win and come away from with zero injuries.