Can the LA Rams defeat an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers team in 2023?

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Thanks to the way the NFL generates its annual schedule, the LA Rams knew from the moment the 2022 NFL season ended exactly who this team would face in 2023, and where. That bears some significance, as thanks to the Rams finishing in third place in the NFC Western Division, they would be forced to face the Green Bay Packers once again.

And once again, the Rams would be traveling to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers. That is something that has not exactly resulted in the best news for the Rams, as they have traveled to Green Bay to play the Packers in 2020, 2021 (Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs), and 2022. The Rams have been turned away in all three contests.

But will 2023 prove to be different? If the latest NFL rumors prove to be true, then the Rams may be facing the Packers without veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers. I know that a lot of things can happen until that game kicks off, but I like the Rams’ chances a lot more without Aaron Rodgers under center:

Will the Packers pull the trigger on trading Aaron Rodgers? I think the chances are good that they will, particularly after observing how quickly the Seattle Seahawks rebounded after off-loading Russell Wilson for a king’s ransom to the Denver Broncos.

Will any AFC team be willing to pay the opening bid for Rodgers that is reportedly set at two first-round picks? The New York Jets would, and as many as four AFC teams have not balked at that price so far.

So what has this to do with the LA Rams? Plenty. If the Packers trade Rodgers, that game on the road to Lambeau Field feels more winnable already.  That is not to say that it’s a lock in the win column. But Aaron Rodgers out of the NFC North is good news for an LA Rams team that appears to face those Packers on an annual basis.

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