Tonight the Rams take on the Green Bay Packers in preseason game number two. This is the Rams preseason home opener and if it was a regular season game I’d say it would be an intriguing matchup. Don’t expect the Packers offensive juggernaut to slow down any time this year. Yes they lost WR Greg Jennings, but otherwise that arsenal is still full with the receiving options of Cobb, Nelson, and Jones. All are threats in an offensive machine powered by perhaps the NFL’s best QB in veteran Aaron Rodgers. Rams fans shouldn’t lose hope though because the Packers frontline has not been that good. The Rams could sink the Packers efforts with outstanding play from D-lineman Quinn, Brockers, Langford, and Long. Getting Rodgers to the turf will be a key factor in winning this preseason contest (and every regular season game against the Packers). If Rodgers has time, he will destroy the Rams safeties.
On the offensive end of the ball, the Rams skill position players have gotten younger and faster. For the moment I am going to say this is a positive. Although, it’s imperative that both RBs Richardson and Pead step up to the plate in order to keep defensive opponents guessing (versus teeing off on the Rams’ passing game). As long as the Rams offensive line (anchored by center Scott Wells) stays healthy, Sam Bradford might actually have the time he needs to put some notches in the win column this 2013. He will be leading a squadron of emerging Rams receivers in Cook, Givens, Quick, Pettis, and Austin.
Some of the spice is taken away from tonight’s game since it’s only the preseason, but these 2 teams could match up well. Hopefully, both the Packers and the Rams keep their starting lineups in long enough for us to get a flavor of what the 2013 season will look like.