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Four keys to beating the Rams
By Dylan B. Tomlinson
Stop Steven Jackson
In his third season, St. Louis Rams' Steven Jackson appears on the verge of becoming one of the NFL's elite running backs. Jackson is second in the NFL with 367 yards and has carried the ball 90 times this year.
Jackson began to show what he was capable of last season when he broke the 1,000-yard mark for the first time. Now he's shown the breakaway speed and the ability to run up the middle that should give the Packers fits on Sunday.
Keep Rams out of field-goal range
For most teams, it's enough to keep teams out of the red zone, but that's not the case with the Rams, who have shown they're capable of winning on field goals. In the season opener against the Denver Broncos, Jeff Wilkins booted six field goals to lead the Rams to the upset. Wilkins is leading the NFL with 15 field goals and is tied with Chicago's Robbie Gould with 50 points. Wilkins is a huge reason why the Rams are 3-1.
Catch the ball
The Packers have struggled with drops in two games. Against the New Orleans Saints, Donald Driver appeared to be the only Packers player who was capable of making a catch. However, on Monday night, Driver showed he was capable of making mistakes when he dropped two passes, one in the end zone.
Utilize Koren Robinson better
With Robert Ferguson likely out Sunday with a foot injury, it should force the Packers to do something they should have been doing for the last three weeks — use Koren Robinson more as a receiver. Robinson has only three catches, but is averaging 15.7 yards per catch, which proves he has more big-play ability than Ferguson, who is averaging only 6.2 yards per catch. Hopefully, Robinson will take advantage of Ferguson's injury and prove himself as the Packers' No. 3 receiver.
Re: Four keys to beating the Rams
The Packers have a big decision to make. Focus on the running game of the Rams or the passing game. They don't have the talent to do both. Either way there's no way they're keeping the Rams out of field goal range. The only way to slow down our offense is with 8 in the box vs. the run and hope it's extremely windy to affect the passing attack. Yes, the Pack needs help from Mother Nature to win this game.