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    Scouts inc view of the Packer/Ram game

    The St. Louis Rams enter this game with a surprising 3-1 record. Quarterback Marc Bulger has been impressive this year, having not thrown an interception through four games for the first time in his career. Bulger must continue to show his patience and continue to make sound decisions to keep the Rams in the football game.

    Bulger has finally started getting in sync with All-Pro wide receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. Holt is still showing quickness, speed and explosion in his play and is one of the premier wide receivers in the NFL. And Bruce must continue to show his vertical speed and savvy to stretch the Packers' defense vertically in the passing game.

    ? Running back Steven Jackson must continue to play with the bruising dominance he has shown so far this season. Jackson is an excellent downhill runner and has vision to get to the secondary level quickly. It will be difficult for the Packers' defense to bring him down with just one tackler, so the defense must swarm around him as he accelerates. Jackson is also an excellent receiver out of the backfield and has the athletic ability to run over linebackers and defensive backs.

    ? Quarterback Brett Favre is struggling this year and has thrown five interceptions in four games as a starter. The Packers do not have a lot of weapons on offense this year, but have had success with rookie standout WR Greg Jennings. Jennings has good burst, vertical speed, and excellent hands to catch in traffic. Jennings is averaging 17 yards per reception and has a long of 75 yards. The Packers will do their best to create a mismatch in the secondary of the Rams by using more motion sets to keep cornerbacks Travis Fisher and Fakhir Brown off balance.

    ? Although the Rams' defense ranks in the bottom half of the NFL after four weeks, giving up 334 yards per game, the defense has definitely improved from a personnel standpoint with the acquisition of players such as defensive tackle La'Roi Glover, safety Corey Chavous, Brown and linebacker Will Witherspoon.

    Starting cornerback Travis Fisher does not have an interception to his credit this year, but fellow CB Brown has two interceptions on the year and is tied with safety O.J. Atogwe for the team lead.

    ? The Rams have been struggling over the past few weeks trying to add depth to the linebacker position. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisomoa has been bothered by an elbow dislocation, but he has not missed any time due to this injury. Linebacker Dexter Coakley, now playing in a reserve role, has been able to fill in for Tinoisamoa as needed. Earlier in the week, the Rams scored a big signing by signing LB Isaiah Kacyvenski to the roster. Although Kacyvenski is not known for his dominance as a first- or second- down linebacker, he brings value as a proven special teams player, which will help the Rams solidify their special teams.

    ? The Packers' defense has struggled mightily this season and ranks second to last in the NFL, giving up an average of 390 yards per game. A lot of the Packers' troubles have been in the secondary where they have given up big plays outside. Most of those troubles were attributed to the alarming play of former first-round cornerback Ahmad Carroll. Carroll was released earlier in the week, and now the Packers will turn to Al Harris and Charles Woodson to shoulder the load as starters. Woodson has good size and athletic ability, but is not the quick player he was in his early years with the Raiders, and the Rams must try to take advantage of this weakness. On the opposite side, Al Harris, is a very good cornerback with speed and size, who matches up well against the likes of Holt and Bruce.

    ? The Packers are young at the linebacker position with a group of very talented players. Middle linebacker Nick Barnett leads the team with 27 tackles and plays well in the tackle box, showing his physical play and athletic ability to run sideline to sideline. Rookie linebacker A.J. Hawk is second on the team with 23 tackles and will be tested by the size and power of running back Steven Jackson when he breaks to the line at the second level.

    Outside linebacker Brady Poppinga is only in his second year, but is playing well. He will be matched up against tight end Joe Klopfenstein, who is getting better each week with his blocking skills and had his first touchdown reception of his NFL career last week against the Lions.

    Special Teams
    Neither team is very strong in the return game at this point in the year, but the Rams are excited about the return ability of current kickoff returner J.R. Reed. Reed has shown good explosion and quickness with his kickoff returns and looks to be close to breaking one for a touchdown. He is averaging 22 yards per return, with a long of 40 yards.

    With this type of production, the Rams will start each drive with very good field position and will be in a great position to sustain long drives, thus eating up the clock. Placekicker Jeff Wilkins has been solid and steady this year, kicking a team-record six field goals in one game earlier in the season, but the Rams did not want to rely on the leg of Wilkins to carry them against the Packers.

    Matchups
    Green Bay WR Greg Jennings vs. St. Louis CB Fakhir Brown
    Green Bay QB Brett Favre vs. St. Louis FS Oshiomogho Atogwe
    Green Bay LB A.J. Hawk vs. St. Louis RB Steven Jackson
    Green Bay WR Robert Ferguson vs. St. Louis CB Travis Fisher
    Green Bay DT Ryan Pickett vs. St. Louis OG Adam Goldberg


    Scouts' Edge
    For the Rams to win this game, they must continue to control the clock and take care of the football, as they have been doing the past four weeks. Their defense must continue to put pressure on Favre and create turnovers, as they have been doing all year. Defensive players such as Glover and Witherspoon will help to control the run, while Chavous will direct the secondary in coverage.

    The Packers do not have much to hang their hats on with their disappointing performances this year, but they are playing at Lambeau Field and it will be an uphill task for the Rams. Quarterback Brett Favre needs to have players such as Robert Ferguson and Donald Driver step up and make plays for him to have some momentum heading into the bye week. This is a pivotal game for the Packers, who cannot afford to go into the bye week with a 1-4 record.

    Prediction: Rams 28, Packers 17


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    Re: Scouts inc view of the Packer/Ram game

    its a good view, and i definitely agree that the Rams can easily exploit Woodson's lack of speed. I expect to see Kevin Curtis going long on him if they can, but Holt and Bruce have the speed to burn him too. If the Rams come out in 3 WR sets, the Pack could be in trouble keeping one of the receivers from getting open deep.

    I do think the Rams offense can put up more then 28 though, especially with how the Packers defense struggles against the pass.

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    Re: Scouts inc view of the Packer/Ram game

    - Jennings scares me some. He has serious vertical ability, and both Brown and Fisher have shown tendencies to get sucked in short and beat long. And we all know nothing excites Favre more than launching the ball 50 yards downfield hitting a go-route in stride.

    - Hopefully, our punt return game has a decent day as the Pack is 28th in defending punt returns. By the way, did anybody know that we are ranked 3rd in punt return defense? Yea, me neither. Is anyone surprised that we are ranked 31st in kick return defense? Yea, me neither.
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    Re: Scouts inc view of the Packer/Ram game

    Doesn't suprise me none that we are 31st at kick return defense the lions ran into our territory with little resistance
    Torry Holt Dont play that

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    Re: Scouts inc view of the Packer/Ram game

    and we have taken care of that with our latest signing


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    Re: Scouts inc view of the Packer/Ram game

    Quote Originally Posted by RamDez View Post
    and we have taken care of that with our latest signing
    We hope, Let's keep our fingers crossed on that one.

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