The Seattle Seahawks sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times in the process of beating the Green Bay Packers. Can another NFC West team, the St. Louis Rams, pull off a similar feat this Sunday?
Green Bay Packers @ St. Louis Rams – Sunday, October 21
Sport betting line: Green Bay -5
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Why Green Bay Will Win
If you want to make a winning bet on this game, it’s going to be hard to argue with a Green Bay pick in this game. A slumbering team finally seemed to wake up this past weekend, reintroducing the team that went 15-1 in last year’s NFL regular season. Green Bay was doubted and questioned a lot heading into its Sunday night contest against the unbeaten Houston Texans, the team that looked like the best bet to make Super Bowl XLVII in February. The Packers were wobbling and wavering at just 2-3 on the season. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had simply not performed at the level he expects from himself. He knew that if his team continued to drift any longer, the Packers would have fallen to 2-4, in danger of not making the playoffs.
In response to this dire situation, Green Bay played with the urgency, precision and firepower it had been missing in its first five games. The Packers lit up Houston with a complete and devastating offensive performance, pulling away for an easy 42-24 win on the road. Rodgers operated at the very peak of his powers, distributing the ball to several receivers with a maximum of accuracy and his above-average blend of zip and touch. Rodgers dodged Houston defenders all evening, making the Texans’ pass rush look sloppy and disorganized. A massive spanking of the Texans suddenly makes Green Bay an elite team once again. The Packers have flexed their muscles and reintroduced themselves as a team with Super Bowl capabilities.
The St. Louis Rams aren’t likely to stand in Green Bay’s way. The Rams lost on the road to a mediocre Miami club this past Sunday. Quarterback Sam Bradford continues to struggle as an NFL quarterback. His career moves in fits and starts, losing momentum before he can gain it in the first place. St. Louis doesn’t have the weapons needed to threaten Green Bay’s defense. The Packers could play at a B-plus level on offense and still score more than enough points to win this contest.
Why St. Louis Will Win
When NFL betting students assess various factors and try to offer a path to victory for the underdogs, they will not have to overthink the matter. The defensive front gives St. Louis a chance to dominate Green Bay’s offensive line and change the equation against the Packers.
A week and a half ago against the Arizona Cardinals, the Rams – playing at home – registered nine sacks. St. Louis is not a good road team; the Rams are 0-3 away from home this season. However, they’re a perfect 3-0 on their own turf, and with a loud crowd supporting them, their defensive line could certainly get to Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay’s offensive line allowed eight sacks against Seattle in a road game earlier this season. There’s no reason the Rams can’t do the same thing here – none.
Who Will Win
The element of competition that gets lost when comparing St. Louis’ defense to Green Bay’s offense is the other side of the ball. Can St. Louis’ offense score against Green Bay’s defense? The answer is no – not much, anyway. Pick the Packers on the road.
NFL Football Betting Prediction: Green Bay
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