The 13-3 Green Bay Packers come into this game as the top seed in the NFC. The Packers have won six straight games and eight out of nine. Green Bay has benefited this year from the renaissance of future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers. After a few relatively pedestrian seasons, at least by his lofty standards, Rodgers came back with a vengeance in 2020. He led the NFL in completion percentage, touchdown passes, touchdown percentage, interception percentage, passer rating and total QBR. It was one of the finest seasons any quarterback has ever produced, and it will likely win Rodgers his third NFL MVP award. Due in large part to Rodgers’ sublime season, the Packers led the NFL in points scored, and they turned the ball over a league best 11 times. The Packers scored 30 or more points 12 times this season, and were held under 22 points just once all year. The defense also gelled as the season wound down, giving up 16 points or less in four of the last five games. With an offense this good and a defense this stingy it’s pretty tough to beat this team.
The 11-6 Los Angeles Rams come into this game off an upset of the Seattle Seahawks last week. If anyone can slow down this Packers offense it’s probably the Rams. The Rams boast the NFL’s top defense for the 2020 season. They gave up more than 28 points only once all year. The chess match between the NFL’s top scoring offense and the NFL’s top scoring defense will be fascinating to watch.
The Rams are hurting with starting quarterback Jared Goff injured. Goff has a thumb injury on his throwing hand. Never a top quarterback even when healthy, an injured Goff handicaps the Rams offense. If the defense can’t keep Rodgers and the Packers offense in check, it’s not likely the Rams can count on Jared Goff to win a shootout.
It’s the Packers and the Rams in the first game of a Saturday divisional round doubleheader. Enjoy the game everybody.