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5 Numbers That Tell the Story Of the Packers-Rams Game

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One of the most highly anticipated games of Week 12 saw the Los Angeles Rams travel to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay knocked off LA, 36-28, continuing a trend of never losing back-to-back games under head coach Matt LaFleur. The Packers enter the bye week with a chance to get healthy, feeling good about their 9-3 record. The Rams have lost three games in a row and are left picking up the pieces at 7-4.

Here are five numbers that tell the story of Green Bay’s win over LA.

1

Matthew Stafford dropped backed 40 times against the Packers on Sunday, and Green Bay defensive coordinator Joe Barry brought more than four rushers on only one of those plays. The result worked in favor of the Green Bay defense.

Even facing a four-man rush, Stafford was harassed by Green Bay up front and faced many crumbling pockets on Sunday afternoon. The Packers only hit home with two sacks, but they added five quarterback hits and pressured Stafford on many more plays.

With the four-man rush paying dividends, Green Bay’s secondary was able to hold down the fort in large part, outside of a couple of lapses. Stafford was none too comfortable, and that was due to Barry orchestrating a great game plan to put his defensive players in spots to succeed.

4

Green Bay’s offense started to hit its stride in the second half of their Week 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings. A big reason for that was their rediscovery of the big-chunk plays that wrecked opposing defenses last year.

The big question entering this game was whether or not that Green Bay had figured things out against the Vikings or if they would revert to being good but not as great as last year. Against the Rams, they once again executed some big plays.

Aaron Rodgers and Co. had four plays that went for 25 yards or more. Three different receivers were involved in those four plays (Randall Cobb twice, Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling).

While those plays proved to be huge for Green Bay, the offense still didn’t seem to be in rhythm like they were a week ago. That may be nitpicking considering that Green Bay put up 36 points as a team. But there is room to still improve, especially in the red zone.

The four big plays against LA proved to be enough for the Packers.

39:40

Rodgers and the offense were on the field for two-thirds of the game. Green Bay leaned on bruising running back A.J. Dillon in the final frame, who exhausted the Rams up front. It’s a prideful and dominant unit with Aaron Donald and Von Miller, but the entire defense seemed to be running on empty late in the game.

It’s hard to blame them given that the Packers had the ball for nearly 40 minutes, and it was a game played in 30-degree weather by a team traveling from the west coast. On two different drives, Green Bay had one that lasted seven minutes and 42 seconds and another that lasted eight minutes and eight seconds. Both went for at least 13 plays.

3/32

The Packers got back on track after Shawn Hochuli, and his officiating crew made a mockery of things in Minnesota a week ago, limiting penalties against the Rams.

Green Bay had eight penalties for 92 yards against the Vikings, which was super uncharacteristic for a team that is always near the top of the league for being among the least penalized. Against the Rams on Sunday, the Packers were flagged just three times for 32 total yards.

5-1-1

Aaron Rodgers had only been a home underdog six times in his career entering Sunday. For some godforsaken reason, the oddsmakers had the Rams pinned as two-point favorites. Perhaps it was because they were coming off of the bye. Maybe it was all the injuries Green Bay is dealing with. Regardless, the Packers won outright and dominated the second half. Rodgers improved to 5-1-1 overall in his career when he’s a home underdog.

Beware of making Rodgers an underdog at Lambeau Field, especially when Green Bay is in the midst of a great season; injuries be damned. It’s hard to envision the Packers being a dog at home in any of their remaining games in the Frozen Tundra.

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