Rams beat Packers, and four other things that probably won’t happen
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The St. Louis Rams have it bad right now. Basically, as good as the Packers have it, that’s as bad as the Rams have it. It’s not like the 1999 season and the team’s supermarket stock boy-powered Super Bowl victory are such distant memories, but as of right now, even with a good quarterback in Sam Bradford, shit looks bleak. Is there any way this winless team can pull it together and beat the undefeated Packers at Lambeau? Of course, yes. But more likely, no. They would need some healthy guys to do that and right about now, it seems the entire team is on the DL. Instead of pondering the possibility of something that essentially has no chance of happening, let’s look at some other things that probably won’t happen, either.
The media stops asking about Donald Driver
The 2011 season has found the Packers utilizing an almost obscene number of wide receivers. In last week’s game against Atlanta alone, Aaron Rodgers threw to a dozen different targets; unfortunately, that charity has left Donald Driver with only nine catches and 76 yards, a far cry from his glory days as a non-36-year-old player. But don’t mention Driver’s meager numbers to Mike McCarthy, as he’s apparently had enough of that crap: “I’m not going to continue to sit here and answer this thing every week,” he recently told reporters. “Like I said, I think it’s a bunch of garbage.” Garbage or not, expect the Driver question to come up again following Sunday’s game, unless Greg Jennings decides the best way to put the team on his back is to sit out, which probably won’t happen, either.
Rodgers gets sacked
Because a world where the Packers are completely healthy would be a strange and scary place, the team has suffered a number of injuries this season. Among the most notable are Chad Clifton and Bryan Bulaga, who are out with an injured hamstring and knee, respectively. But even though the Packers’ O-line is a bit beat-up, don’t expect Rodgers to be sweating it: The Rams have only eight sacks this year—tied for fourth-fewest in the NFL—and failed to get a single one during their last game against the Redskins. Sure, they might see Sunday as an opportunity to improve those shabby numbers, but unless they can somehow dish out what they’ve already taken—Bradford was sacked seven times by the Redskins—Rodgers should remain thankfully vertical.
Al Harris will have a good game
Remember that dude? He used to play for the Packers and he was pretty good when he did. That and he always had this regal quality to him, except for those times he was facing lawsuits filed by former exotic dancers. Anyway, with the current “totally devastated” status for the Rams secondary defense still active, the veteran Harris should see a ton of playing time. With all the steps he’s inevitably lost since his hey day, expect him to be directly involved in about 700 of Rodgers’ 500 total passing yards.
Trouncing a defenseless Rams team will make the Packers look bad
Like we said before, Bradford is a good quarterback, and it’s a shame that so many of his weapons are hurt. And like we’ve said many, many times before, Rodgers is a golden warrior riding eternally on to gridiron glory with the most majestic receiving corps the earth has ever known. It’s only logical to think that the score might run up in the Packers’ favor Sunday. But will that make the Packers comparable to the Patriots, who just last December, up 39-3 against the Jets in the fourth quarter, went for it on fourth down instead of kicking the field goal? No, because the Patriots are a bunch of jerks and the Packers are just tremendously better than the Rams right now.