Sep 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive back Cortland Finnegan (31) intercepts a pass for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire
Ram fans were praying to never see the their team fall below .500 ever again. There’s a good sense of security when your team is above .500 because it’s easier to accept a loss of one or two games and still remain positive. If Rams fall this week against a bi-polar Green Bay Packers, they will see themselves fall to 3-4. The Rams need to win one more game to be .500 before they go into their bye week. After this bye, the Rams are then up against Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers, so it’s a brutal month. It is never good to praise a team’s injury issue, but this is the best time to play the Packers as they’re very banged up on defense and quite bruised on offense. This is the Rams’ chance to pounce and secure a win. Both teams are at 3-3 and will go into Sunday’s game believing their record should be better, but only one team will walk away with the satisfaction of being above the .500 record.
Rams passing defense is ranked fifth for Opposing Quarterback Ratings and Passing Yards Allowed. If the Rams can shut down the Packers running game early, the passing game will follow. Although Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been winning games like he has in the past, his individual dominance remains. He has thrown for 16 touchdowns with only four interceptions, with a quarterback rating of 105.4. If Rams are going to beat the explosive Green Bay Packers, they must contain the man under center.
Lets face it. The offense haven’t been winning the games this year, it’s been the defense that has kept the scoring to a minimum which allows the offense to remain in the game. This week is going to be different. The Rams defense will give up a few touchdowns against a lethal Packers offense. For the Rams to stay in the game, the offense must take some risks inorder to keep up with the fast paced Green Bay Packers. Rams need to make a statement early, by converting first downs straight away. Currently Rams are ranked 30th in converting first downs (16.3 percent), 28th in total offensive yards (308.7 yards) and 23rd in total points (110 points).
RAMS VS RAMS
Last week the Rams fumbled the ball three times, missed three field goals and gave up 12 penalties for a total of 92 yards. This isn’t a winning recipe, especially against a team that has potentially the best offense in the NFL. If the Rams are to get the ‘W’, they must cut the penalties and start looking like a polished team.
CORTLAND FINNEGAN VS JORDY NELSON
Another great battle. Some might get the feeling that there’s going to be some fire in this match up. Finnegan will be up to his old ways in getting under the player’s skin. Nelson has never been up against Finnegan, therefore has never experienced the painful 60 minutes of dealing with constant bickering from a serial pest on the field. You can never be prepared for what Finnegan brings to the table. He’s a pure headache for any opposing team.