The Green Bay Packers (8-3) will be looking to start the bye week with a big win over an opponent when the Los Angeles Rams (7-3) arrive at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon.
Here’s what Packers Wire employees believe the week 12 showdown will be with the Rams:
Zach Kruse (6-5): Rams 27, Packer 23
Both teams are in a somewhat unpredictable phase. The Rams have lost two games in a row but are talented, well trained and come back from the bye week. The Packers have lost two out of three games, but they are talented, well trained and really want to go into Goodbye Week to relax. The guess here is that the Rams have too many advantages on the line of scrimmage and use the energy that comes from the goodbye to sneak past the tired, battered Packers. I think the Rams are taking control early and fending off a late comeback attempt. With so many missing players on offense and defense, this is a difficult situation for Matt LaFleur’s team. Saying goodbye with a win would be huge, but an 8-4 record with a week off wouldn’t be the end of the world considering what the Packers went through in the first 12 weeks.
Jack Wepfer (7-4): Packer 24, Rams 21
The Packers are riddled with injuries in key positions, and the Rams are locked down and full of talent. Other than that, I didn’t see the production of the Rams that I would have expected with the McVay-Stafford duo. You walk much emptier, moving away from the heavy pre-snap movement that users define the trunk of McVay’s offensive coaching tree. It took Rodgers two years to fully exploit his talents in LaFleur’s system, so this could be the case with Stafford. I see a very close game that – gulp – amounts to a field goal. The Packers have put together a gimme for Crosby that he will make that will keep the Packers competing for the # 1 seed.
Brandon Carwile (7-4): Packer 24, Rams 20
Green Bay haven’t lost back-to-back games under Matt LaFleur and they won’t break the streak against close friend Sean McVay. Los Angeles is fresh in a week and two losses in a row so they’re hungry and we’re resting. However, Matthew Stafford had two interceptions in each of his last two games and the Packers had multiple chances of picking picks that they could have won against the Minnesota Vikings last week. The defense will get away with a big takeaway on Sunday, which turns out to be the game-winning game.
Joe Kipp (7-3): Rams 27, Packer 20
Hopefully, for the Packers’ sake, the Rams won’t lead at halftime. Rams manager Sean McVay is 43-0 ahead and the Packers are notorious for their slow start into the first quarter of this season. Green Bay will be understaffed again on the offensive, Elgton Jenkins is out for the season (knee) and David Bakhtiari is still not ready to play. It doesn’t help that the Rams have a bye week either. McVay is 3-1 on a bye and his teams have not allowed more than 17 points at a single time. This is going to be a tough game for Aaron Rodgers, who is already struggling with a broken toe. Green Bay stays close to a touchdown in the bye week.
Brennen Rupp (4-3): Packer 23, Rams 17
As mentioned, the Packers under Matt LaFleur have never lost back-to-back games and that tradition continues on Sunday. With Aaron Jones likely to play, I expect the Packers will rely heavily on the Jones and AJ Dillon duo to take the win at Lambeau Field.
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