St Louis Rams Vs. Green Bay Packers: Keys to Victory

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Aug 16, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback

Aaron Rodgers

(12) attempts a pass against the St. Louis Rams during the first half at Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Force Rodgers to look at other options

Here is a very interesting stat for you; the Packers are ranked 21st in passing offense this season. This is a pretty mind blowing stat when all things are considered. The key is that Rodgers thrives off of short passes. Short passes make sure Rodgers doesn’t get hit, they are easy to complete on slants and for accuracy, and it allows opportunities for the receivers to make yards after the catch. The issue here is that the Rams love to give cushion to not allow big plays, and Rodgers will love that. The Rams will have to either press the wide outs, or bring the linebackers over into zone to prevent the short slants from occurring. The Rams cannot allow Rodgers to complete short pass after short pass. If they do, the Packers will have a hay day on offense.

If the Rams can force Rodgers to look at other options, then this will increase the likelihood of him getting sacked. Rodgers is a master of escaping pressure, but as fast and talented as this defense is, they can get to him if the time is there.