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Packers give the Rams extra motivation
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Sunday, Dec. 16 2007
For the past couple of months, the Rams have been under the radar, out of sight
and basically out of mind in NFL circles. That's what happens when you open the
season with eight straight losses.
On Sunday, the Rams play somebody from the other side of the tracks. For only
the second time since October, the Rams play a team with a winning record. And
it's not just any team. It's the Green Bay Packers, arguably the most storied
franchise in NFL history.
At 11-2, Green Bay can clinch a first-round bye with a victory, coupled with a
Seattle loss (or tie) at Carolina. A Green Bay tie and a Seattle loss also does
The incomparable Brett Favre, at age 38, can surpass one of the NFL's biggest
passing milestones if he throws for 184 yards Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.
That total will allow Favre to break Dan Marino's record for career passing
yards, set at 61,361.
Even at age 33 and in his 12th NFL season, defensive tackle La'Roi Glover
admits to being a bit more energized than usual because of the caliber of the
"The motivation is there because of who Brett Favre is and the things he's been
able to accomplish in the NFL," Glover said. "So it's going to be a little
But it's not as if the Rams are going to seek out Favre's autograph during TV
"He's a quarterback who is good at what he does," running back Steven Jackson
said. "But you can't get caught up in that. We are playing the Green Bay
Packers. If you are in awe of who you're playing, then that's a loss already.
We have to go out and take care of business."
As for Favre's pending record, which can be achieved at the Rams' expense with
that modest total of 184 yards?
"I'm not worried about Brett Favre setting any type of records," cornerback Ron
Bartell said. "I'm worried about getting the win. He's set so many records in
his career, who cares about if he passes for 180 yards? I just want to get a
For the Rams, 3-10 and officially out of playoff consideration, getting a
victory will be no mean feat. Not only are the Packers ranked No. 3 in the NFL
in total offense, they come to St. Louis with the league's ninth-ranked
defense. With a special teams unit that ranks in the top 10 in most major
categories, the Packers have few soft spots.
"They can run the ball. They've got, to me, the greatest passer that's ever
played the game," defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. "And they've got
great receivers. So we have our work cut out for us."
But Haslett added, "We'll have something for them, and we'll be competitive
On defense, the Packers have what Jackson said might be the best front seven
the Rams have faced all season. Nick Barnett and A.J. Hawk are quick,
free-flowing linebackers. Up front, the Packers have a big run stopper in
former Ram Ryan Pickett, and pass rushers who seem to come from all directions.
At left end, Pro Bowler Aaron Kampman has 11 sacks. (He's questionable with a
back injury.) At right end, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila has 9 1/2 sacks. And then
there's 313-pound defensive tackle Corey Williams, with his seven sacks up the
So with quarterback Marc Bulger attempting to come back after missing the past
two games with a concussion, how do the Rams prevent Green Bay from storming
"We have to be able to run the football," coach Scott Linehan said. "Our
challenge is to be able to have a very efficient and effective run game. ...
We'll set up a lot of what we want to do in the pass game off what we do in the
If that's the case, the Rams will have a chance to pull off a huge upset. The
Packers normally don't do much defensively in terms of blitzes or trying to
confuse an offense. If that's how it plays out Sunday, it will help the Rams'
patchwork offensive line.
In addition, wide receiver Torry Holt said Bulger looked healthy and fresh all
week in practice throwing the football.
"I thought his reads were great," Holt said. "If we can keep him off his back
as much as we can, and allow him to set his feet and make his throws, that
could make (it) a good day for us."
The Rams can only hope.
Re: Packers give the Rams extra motivation
They better be pumped, it is on national TV, and I don't want to be too embarassed.Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams
Re: Packers give the Rams extra motivation
Bulger must go to Holt early and often. Bulger has the weapons besides Holt, use 'em! (Bruce, Bennett, McMichael, Leonard, etc.)
The only way to have an efficient and effective run game is to shoot Jackson quickly between the tackles, straight ahead, going north & south, instead of east & west. No dancing!
everyone must stepup their game against the Packers! The O-Line, Special Teams unit, the Defense, Kicking game..... Everthing has to click, Today!
Good Luck to Head Coach Scott Thomas Linehan, no doubt his biggest coaching challenge to date, hopefully he can inspire the extra motivation and lead the Rams to victory. GO RAMS![SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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