Davante Adams vs Jalen Ramsey Highlights Packers Divisional Matchup

Davante Adams vs Jalen Ramsey will be the matchup to watch for Saturday's game. 

If you like individual matchups, you’ll love what the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams have in store for Saturday’s divisional round. Jalen Ramsey vs Davante Adams is as box office as it gets when it comes to a premium corner matched up against a top-tier wide receiver.  The two are arguably the best players at their respective positions, and now they will meet in the playoffs when the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Passionate is one word to describe Ramsey’s approach to the game. He talks a lot, but he also backs it up with his play on the field. Think of Jaire Alexander’s mindset multiplied by 10. That’s Ramsey.

It comes with the territory when you’re a starting corner in the NFL. Sometimes, getting into the head of an opposing receiver is half the battle. In order to accomplish that, you have to be overly confident and just as flamboyant. 

Ramsey has been locking down opposing number one receivers since he came into the league in 2016. However, he and Adams have only faced each other one time. The Packers opened up the 2016 regular season at the Jacksonville Jaguars in what was Ramsey’s first game as a pro. Adams saw only one target with Ramsey in coverage. Adams caught the pass for a gain of five yards.

There may not be a lot of history between the two but doesn’t take from what this matchup promises to be. Adams is one of the best route runners in the game and prides himself on exposing corners with his surgical release package. Meanwhile, Ramsey considers himself the premier shutdown corner, and when you target the man he is covering, he tries to make you pay. Usually, he is successful.

This offseason, the Rams signed Ramsey to a five-year, $105 million extension, making him the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history. After one year, it’s been money well spent as Ramsey has been a key component to their top-ranked defense. In fact, no team has shut down the pass better than Los Angeles in 2020. They led the NFL in pass defense, holding opposing offenses to 190.7 yards per game. Green Bay was proficient in their pass offense, ranking ninth in passing offense and averaging 256.6 yards per game. Adams, of course, was the catalyst.

When facing some of the top receivers in the NFL, here is how Ramsey performed this season. Against Stefon Diggs, Ramsey allowed one catch four yards. Then, when facing Allen Robinson in week seven, Ramsey allowed one catch for a 40-yard gain. It was Robinson’s only target against Ramsey. Against Mike Evans, Ramsey allowed four receptions on seven targets for 40 total yards.

Ramsey and wide receiver DK Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks played each other three times this season, with the latest happening this past weekend in the wild card round. During both regular-season meetings, Ramsey surrendered just one catch on four targets to Metcalf for a gain of 11 yards. Metcalf had a little bit of a better outing in the playoffs, hauling in three out of six targets for 33 yards. These numbers show us that Ramsey is not invincible, but as far as NFL corners go, he’s pretty close.

That said, Ramsey has yet to face a quarterback-wide receiver combination that compares to Aaron Rodgers and Adams. The two have been on a tear this year, with Rodgers breaking his own touchdown record (48) and Adams serving as his favorite target. Adams led all receivers in yards per game this year with 98.1. He also had the most touchdowns (18) despite missing two games.

It seems like every year is turning into a career-year for Adams. In 2020, Adams broke Green Bay’s single-season reception record previously set by Sterling Sharpe. Sharpe caught 112 passes back in 1993. Adams caught 115 passes this season, breaking a record that stood for almost three decades.

In route to a record-setting year, Adams also went through some of the top corners in the game. Here is how he faired.

Against Carlton Davis, Adams caught three out of five targets for 33 yards. Against Darius Slay in week 13, Adams caught six out of seven targets for 100 yards, including two touchdowns. Also, in two games against Kyle Fuller of the Chicago Bears, Adams caught all four passes that were thrown to him for a total of 39 yards.

This week’s meeting will be a great test for both. Adams will have the fresher legs after a week’s rest, but Saturday’s divisional-round game between the Rams and Packers will come down to much more than just Ramsey vs Adams. It will be a great matchup between two outstanding teams. However, it would be negligent not to appreciate a head-on crash of two megastars. One player can’t win a game, but whoever wins the matchup between Ramsey and Adams could have a direct impact on Saturday’s outcome.

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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murf7777's picture

January 13, 2021 at 12:18 pm

Certainly a game within the game. It will be fun to watch. I wonder if Ramsey will cover Adams when he is playing out of the slot. One difference I think Adams is from Metcalf is his great route running ability. I agree with tandem of Rodgers/Adams is also very tough to beat. As I stated earlier in a post, I'll be shocked if Adams has less then 50 yds and no Td's.

That said, if that happens, Tonyan, our RB's and MVS will have a big game. This offense is designed to utilize many players and Mlf/Rodgers will find a way to score 24 or more points in this game. Keep in mind, Rams defense has given up 23 PPG when playing away. That's against 8 opponents and only 3 were great offenses.

If the field is slick it will be to the advantage of our Offense because our "pass catchers" know where they are going whereas the D has to adjust, may not have the right cleats and may slip while trying to cover. I also feel our 3- headed monster RB's will have a say in the game as well. Going to be a lot of fun this weekend....GPG

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 14, 2021 at 01:19 am

I believe Adams will have a transcendent game. He knows the routes and his footwork is as fast or faster than Ramsey's.

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PackerNic's picture

January 13, 2021 at 12:23 pm

Great post!. I have seen alot about the Ramsey vs Adam's matchup, but nobody is talking about the Donald vs Linsley matchup which is just as intriguing.

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Jaylee's picture

January 13, 2021 at 04:44 pm

Donald is a B-gap guy so he'll see more action from the guards, not Linsley.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 14, 2021 at 01:17 am

They move him all over the front, even to seven tech. Brockers will also command the middle, then the DC shoots his dogs.

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Jaylee's picture

January 14, 2021 at 02:09 am

Cory Linsley said himself he's barely going to see Aaron Donald. He's not a nose tackle, he doesn't have the size for it. He might rarely and occasionally lineup across Linsley but not often enough to constitute it being a "matchup to watch".

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January 13, 2021 at 12:26 pm

Ramsey looks like a current, true shutdown corner. Our answer to him comes in five words: Lazard, Tonyan, MVS, Jones and Dillon. Six words if you include Jones twice, once on the ground and once through the air. No aerial bombardment this week, we have to get points in any fashion when opportunity knocks. No TO's or not so special teams gaffes and we win 23-19. GPG

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TheVOR's picture

January 13, 2021 at 12:28 pm

GB will need to be able to run the football at least semi effectively. While the Adams/Ramsey matchup will be interesting, what will perhaps be more important will be how Lazard, Tonyan, and others are getting open to catch passes. This is a good defense, but GB has been effective enough against most teams this season. They've played good defenses this season.

The bigger story at the end of the day is probably about our defense, and how effective they'll be against the Rams offense. If they keep them to 20 points or less, I think we'll win the game. My 2..

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Stroh's picture

January 13, 2021 at 10:44 pm

As long as the Packers don't turn the ball over the Rams won't score 20 pts. IMO the only way the Rams can win is by 2 turnovers or ST mistakes by the Packers.

Adams vs Ramsey comes down to the release and route running. Adams is a savant in these areas. He'll limit Adams some for sure but he won't be able to stop him in the way he did Metcalf.

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gkarl's picture

January 13, 2021 at 01:31 pm

The matchup will be fun to watch, but as was stated I doubt it will be a determining factor in the outcome of the game. Our offense is able to scheme multiply receiving options open and I'm sure we'll see the ball spread around this week. Not that Adams won't get his chances but I doubt he'll be the leading receiver this week, Ramsey is pretty good.

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January 14, 2021 at 12:48 am

This will definitely be a battle, and a great challenge for both. But I like my guy. I don’t think Ramsey’s faced anybody as shifty, or as hot and as good as Davante this year. Can not wait to see.
Spread the ball around including the run and then let Adams go wild. So I hope.

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