Oct 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates a touchdown pass with wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) against the Houston Texans in the second quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Which Green Bay Packers Team Will The St. Louis Rams See In Week 7?

After a tough loss to the Miami Dolphins (3-3) on the road, the St. Louis Rams (3-3) take on the Green Bay Packers (3-3) at home in an attempt to get their heads back above the .500 mark. The Packers are one of the more interesting stories of the season, especially after their performance knocking off the undefeated Houston Texans last Sunday. At times, the Packers have looked down-right unbeatable, completely in sync on offense and forcing mass amounts of turnovers from typically proficient quarterbacks. Other times, the offense has looked ineffective, and the defense cannot seem to make that critical stop in the game to reel in the win at the end. Just how back-and-forth have the Pack been? Here is a breakdown of their performances so far this season…

49ers  Bears Seahawks  Saints  Colts Texans
Completions 30 22 26 31 20 24
Attempts 44 32 39 41 32 37
Pass Yards 303 219 223 319 235 338
Touchdowns 2 1 0 4 3 6
Interceptions 1 1 0 1 1 0
QB Rating 93.1 85.3 81.5 119.9 103 133.8
Leading Rusher Att. 9 20 17 18 10 22
Rushing Yards 18 81 45 84 63 65
Rushing TD 0 0 1 0 0 0
Total Yards 324 321 268 421 356 427
Total Yards Allowed 377 168 238 474 464 321
Total Turnover 0 1 0 2 1 0
Forced Turnovers 0 4 0 0 1 3
Sacks Allowed 3 5 8 0 5 2
3rd Down % 6-13 (46.1) 4-14 (28.5) 7-15 (46.6) 4-8 (50.0) 4-13 (30.7) 5-14 (35.7)
Points Scored 22 23 12 28 27 42
Points allowed 32 10 14 27 30 24

 

The Green Bay Packers could easily be sitting at 5-1 heading into Week 7, and likely should be at least 4-2 after the “Inaccurate Reception” in Seattle. However, there are some big differences in their wins and losses aside from just the scoreboard at the end of the game…

Yards Attempts (Total) Rush Attempts Rush Yards Points Turnover Forced Turnovers
Win 1169 170 60 230 93 3 7
Loss 948 151 47 126 61 1 1

 

Aside from offensive turnover, the differences in wins and loss are staggering. The items that should jump off the screen, besides the point differential, are the rushing yards and the turnovers. Alex Green has stepped up since replacing the injury Cedric Benson, averaging 64 yards per game and over 4.0 yards per carry in his two starts. Minus the game against Houston, a team that just lost their best overall defensive player in Brian Cushing, the Packers have had success when getting the ground game going, as well as the passing game in their wins. In games where there were 17 rushing attempts or less, the Pack is 0-3, and when rushing 18 or more times, 3-0. That is not simply a coincidence, it is the game of football. You cannot win as a one-dimensional team on offense this season, period.

The turnovers are the other clear factor in the equation. Getting constant pressure from the pass rush, forcing bad throws, and making the most of the opportunities is the only reason they were able to beat the Bears in Week 2. Against the Saints, the offense moved the ball without a problem, amassing 400+ yards and converting on 50% of 3rd downs. However, the defense allowed nearly 500 yards of offense from Drew Brees, failing to get pressure on the quarterback and failing to force a turnover.

The Packers need to be firing on all three fronts: passing, rushing, and defense (no offense to the special teams unit). In all of their wins, they have been relatively balanced on offense and, at least, put consistent pressure on the quarterback. Which Green Bay Packers will the St. Louis Rams see on Sunday in the Edward Jones Dome?

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