The Green Bay Packers didn’t get off to a great start this season but they may be getting into gear. On Sunday, Green Bay posted a convincing 30-20 victory over the Rams at St. Louis behind an impressive performance by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers went 30 for 37 for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns as Green Bay improved to 4-3 on the season. The Rams dropped to 3-4.
Despite the fact that it was a road game, the Packers’ didn’t play before a hostile crowd. In fact, they had a strong contingent of ‘Packer backers’ in the Edward Jones Dome. This wasn’t lost on Rodgers:
“This is one of the shorter trips for some of our fans, which is still a jaunt. I think it’s probably eight hours if you’re busting the speed limit a little bit.”
The Rams have improved somewhat this season under Jeff Fisher, but they don’t have the passionate fanbase that other teams in the league do due to several years of losing. Still, Rams’ Chris Long said that the Packers’ fans were incredibly vocal:
“I kind of expected that they’d be well-represented here. We just never got a chance to quiet them down.”
The Packers went 15-1 last season but after a sloppy start are above .500 for the first time this season. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson is happy to be back on the winning track:
“Winning is fun. That’s why we play games. It’s great to win back-to-back games, it sounds great to say that for the first time this year, but we’ve got to stack success.”
The game wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate–the Packers led 30-13 late in the fourth quarter before the Rams added a ‘meaningless’ touchdown with :15 seconds remaining to produce the final score. The last second touchdown wasn’t meaningless for NFL betting enthusiasts–it pushed the game ‘Over’ the total of 45 with 50 points scored. Had they not scored the final touchdown the game would have ended on 43 points and stayed ‘Under’ the total.
The Packers will host the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lambeau Field next week. The Rams will embark on a *big* road trip as they head to London, England to take on the New England Patriots at Wembley Stadium.