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Packers-Rams: First half thoughts

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With the way the first half looked it feels like the Packers should have a bigger lead than four points.  Aaron Rodgers continued his crisp play from the Houston game with 165 yards but the Rams have been able to disrupt the rhythm a bit thanks to three sacks.  St. Louis has a couple of guys up front that can get to the quarterback and other than the touchdown drive the Rams have done enough to keep this one from getting away from them.

 

Alex Green's 12 rushing yards on seven carries is a bit of a concern.  At some point, either to slow the pass rush or to milk the clock in the fourth quarter the Packers will need Green to get a few solid runs.

 

I mentioned the Rams two headed backfield previously and Steven Jackson was his usual physical self in the first half.  If the game stays close he'll play a big role in the second half.

 

St. Louis had three trips to Packers territory but came away with only six points.  So you have to assume that at some point if the Packers put enough points on the board, probably 20, the Rams simply won't be able to keep up.  This is where turnovers play a key role.  If the Packers protect the ball as they did in the first half the Rams will be playing catch up for the rest of the game.

 

The Packers also must make sure Chris Givens doesn't make a game-breaking play.  Over the last three weeks Givens is averaging 37.6 yards per catch.  Now, that doesn't quite tell the whole story as he only has five receptions in that stretch.  Thus far the Packers have covered Givens well so if he doesn't haul in a 40 yarder that will take away a key element of an already anemic Rams offense.

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