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Packers Brace for LA Showdown with the Bye Week Behind Them

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Packers Brace for LA Showdown with the Bye Week Behind Them

Green Bay’s games against the weak sisters of the league are not supposed to make us sweat, but perspire we did in Week 6 as the Packers’ Mason Crosby kicked his way to a 33-30 victory over the cellar-dwelling 49ers. Things could have turned out quite differently as San Francisco’s CJ Beathard had his offense planted on the Green Bay 46 on third-and-three late in the fourth quarter. But instead of moving his troops over the first-down marker and closing within field goal range, the Packers’ Kevin King delivered a game-changing pick which gave Aaron Rodgers a minute and change to march down the field and allow kicker Mason Crosby a chance at redemption after blowing four of five field goal attempts the week before in the team’s loss to Detroit. Crosby did not disappoint and drilled a 27-yard field with time expiring and was a perfect 4-for-4 on the day.

The scheduling gods did the Packers a solid by giving them two weeks to prepare for the toughest foe they will face all season after a less than stellar effort against San Francisco. If Green Bay had issues with a backup quarterback and an offense that ranks in the bottom third then their date in the City of Angels this week could get ugly as the Rams boast the No. 3 offense in point production and the No. 1 rushing attack courtesy of the supremely talented Todd Gurley.

But the good news is that Aaron Rodgers, who has been playing with a brace affixed to his balky knee, has had time to heal when he needed it most. Reports are circulating that the Packers’ superstar will be well enough to shed the brace and allow him more maneuverability which he could very well need against a Rams’ defense that ranks fourth in the NFL. The same team that gave the Packers fits in Week 6 was crushed 39-10 by the LA juggernaut in Week 7. In addition, receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison, both recently out with injuries, were seen practicing which is good news for the receiving corps and rookie first-round corner Jaire Alexander was also participating.

As we look ahead to Sunday afternoon’s matchup with the Rams, we saw that one of the top online sportsbooks in the industry according to its review, BetOnline had tagged the Rams as 9 ½ point favorites! Aaron Rodgers has never been an underdog of this magnitude and only twice have the Packers been underdogs of seven or more points with Rodgers under center. On both occasions, the Packers covered the number.

Those of you who aren’t averse to putting your money where your mouth is, there are a few things you should know. The Packers are 9-2 against the spread coming off of a bye week under head coach Mike McCarthy and the Packers are 5-0 ATS over their last five meetings with the Rams. Of course, this is the new and improved version of the Rams with Jared Goff leading the charge but let’s not forget that one of Goff’s favorite targets, Cooper Kupp, is doubtful for this game.

Nothing would be better than to witness the Packers inflict the first blemish on the Rams’ record this week but even if they fail to derail the LA express, chances are very good that the oddsmakers have given Green Bay too much of an advantage. So if you’ve got a hunch then bet a bunch and make BetOnline your first choice to make a wager.

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Since '61's picture

The spread is there to create wagers on the game. The Rams are due for an off game. It may not happen this week against the Packers but it will come.

I would guess that the line on this game has placed most of the money in play on the Packers for the reasons stated in the article. If we follow the theory that Vegas never loses the Rams will win this game by 10+ points.

For those of us who still hope that the league has not completely gone down the drain and that the games are still settled by the players on the field I'm holding out for an upset by the Packers. Thanks, Since '61

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

Since 61, It's been a rough week for me. My wife had 2 stints put in Wed morning, & is now doing much better. I haven't had any time for football. As hard as it is, at LA -9, IF I were betting, I'd bet LA -9. I've been on LA all week. It seems Too Good to be true. Win or Lose, I always play the same. When something seems Too Good to be True, it usually is.

That line has now moved to LA -7 -7 1/2. That changes my thinking on this game. While I don't like GB getting any PT's on any game, I now lean towards GB covering in this one. The Money Line still tells me LA wins, but I don't follow that, & could easily be wrong. As you probably know, I for the most part, I never bet teams. I Bet Lines. My Opinion!! Vegas is lowering the line to get more $$$ on LA. My Opinion!! The lower this line goes, the more money gets Bet on LA. The Higher this line goes the more money gets bet on GB. Even though I don't like GB ever getting Pt's, I now lean towards GB in this game. I don't like the Money Line at GB +$335, but it is what it is. Vegas WILL NOT lose on this game. If I had to guess, For what it is worth. All the money is on the 1st Half @ LA - 3 1/2 or -4. On the OVER/UNDER I would Never go Under a 58. In fact I seldom go under a 50. If you were to go under a 58, this would be a game to do it. Most are thinking Over, including me. So I hope my thinking is Right on this one. Things are Boding well at this point for GB.

norcaljoe's picture

Now that we have a better idea of how good or bad teams are, the Packers record to this point is encouraging. They win the game against the Vikes w/o that horrible roughing call. They also lost to what turns out to be a pretty good Skins game on the road with a knicked-up Rodgers. That leaves Detroit. They deserved to lose that came given the TOs, but outplayed the Lions bigly with the exception of the score...... And they beat an arguably much improved Bears team. So maybe this is the week we get a complete game and the Packers pull the upset. This won’t be a close contest. One team will dominate and we should know by the end of Q1 which team that is. So I’m taking the points and the Pack, but picking them to get the real win as well. Call me hopelessly optimistic, or stupid! As for the score...... the Packers will win by 14 or more.

pacman's picture


(Go Pack Go)

Johnblood27's picture

same old sorry ass rams...

all flash, no heart.

Pack by 20!

DD's picture

Seems like the article is more concerned with the betting line and spread then they are the win for the Packers Typical.

leaerin4's picture

The Packers will win this game on Sunday and shock the Rams at home.

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