Packers-Rams Preview Capsule
LOS ANGELES (AP) — GREEN BAY (3-2-1) at LOS ANGELES RAMS (7-0)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — Rams by 8 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Green Bay 2-4-0, Los Angeles 4-2-1
SERIES RECORD — Tied 46-46-2
LAST MEETING — Packers beat Rams, 24-10, Oct. 11, 2015
LAST WEEK — Packers had bye, beat 49ers 33-30 on Oct. 15; Rams beat 49ers, 39-10
AP PRO32 RANKING — Packers No. 11, Rams No. 1
PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (20), PASS (4).
PACKERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (8), RUSH (22), PASS (5).
RAMS OFFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (1), PASS (8).
RAMS DEFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (12), PASS (9).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - California Cheeseheads will be out in force when Packers visit Los Angeles for first time since NFL returned in 2016. ... Both teams beat San Francisco in last outing, but Packers coming off bye week. ... Two big-time offenses meeting at Coliseum. Both in NFL's top four in total yards. Rams have league's most prolific rushing game (153.1 yards per game). Packers have No. 4 passing game (317.3 yards per game). ... Pack has won five straight, 12 of 16 over Rams. Coach Mike McCarthy is 5-1 vs. Rams. ... Packers CB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix shares NFL lead with three interceptions. He won national title at Alabama with Rams LB Mark Barron. ... Green Bay opened as biggest underdog of QB Aaron Rodgers' career, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. ... Rodgers is rolling again, with 332.8 yards passing per game and 12 TDs, 1 INT. ... Packers LB Clay Matthews makes first pro appearance in his native LA area and at Coliseum, where former USC walk-on became standout for four Pac-12 championship teams. ... Rams gunning for franchise's first 8-0 start since 1969, when LA started club-record 11-0. ... Rams already have 3 1/2-game lead over Seattle in NFC West. With Dodgers in mind, Rams' magic number to clinch division title is seven. ... Rams' first game at Coliseum in 31 days. After Nov. 11 home date with Seattle, they'll go another 35 days without Coliseum game. ... Rams CB Sam Shields spent seven seasons with Packers, winning Super Bowl ring and making Pro Bowl. Concussions kept him out of football in 2017, but he is valuable backup and special-teamer for LA this season. ... RB Todd Gurley leads NFL with 88 points, 686 yards rushing, 144 carries and 956 yards from scrimmage. ... DE Aaron Donald co-leads NFL with eight sacks after destructive effort against Niners with four sacks, six tackles for loss. ... WR Cooper Kupp seems likely to miss second straight game with knee injury. Replacements Josh Reynolds, Nick Williams combined for three catches last week at San Francisco while Rams dominated on ground. ... Fantasy tip: Packers TE Jimmy Graham could be big target for Rodgers, who will test LA's linebackers and secondary while getting rid of ball before Donald and Ndamukong Suh get to him.
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