The top team in the NFL the Los Angeles Rams will look to move their winning streak to open the season to eight on Sunday as they welcome the Green Bay Packers to town. For the Rams their success to open the season includes seven straight wins including three division wins over the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. That said, the team has yet to be tested by a team led by a caliber quarterback like the Packers Aaron Rodgers.
As the Rams have dominated to open the season, the Packers have battled through a ton of injuries to their receiving corps. This has led to some key struggles at times as the team has seen losses to the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions on the road while playing to a crucial tie against division rivals the Minnesota Vikings at home. That said, the Packers are 3-0-1 at Lambeau Field this season while losing both of their road contests.
While Rams have been solid on defense, this contest will come down to the play off their offenses. Rodgers continues to put together MVP caliber performances while limited with the number of weapons he has. Meanwhile the Rams are led by MVP candidate Todd Gurley who has found the end zone 14 times (11 rushing & 3 receiving) while finding the end zone at least twice in four of the teams seven contests.
Here are the keys to the game for both the Los Angeles Rams VS the Green Bay Packers on Sunday October 28th, 2018.
NFL Keys to the Game
Los Angeles Rams – Force the Packers to run the ball
The Rams offense is as good as any in the NFL and their defense has the ability to shut down any opposing offense. That said on Sunday, the Rams success will come from eliminating the ability of Aaron Rodgers to beat them with his arm. On Sunday, the Rams success will be limiting the big play chance while allowing the Packers to run the ball. The Packers enter this contest averaging 103.7 yards per game on the ground.
Green Bay Packers – Step up on Defense
This will not be an easy task for the Packers on Sunday going against a Rams offense that has a ton of weapons including Gurley along with wide receivers Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. On Sunday, the only success the Packers must have to win is to shut down Gurley and the Rams offense. For the Packers this will need to come from being aggressive in their play calling while finding a way to force a few key turnovers.
NFL Betting Trends
Los Angeles Rams – The Rams continue to put wins up on the board for sports handicappers against the money line moving to 7-0 with their win last Sunday. That said, the Rams have had moderate success against the spread covering in just four of those contest including going 2-1 at home. Along with that success the Rams have historically been good during week 8 covering the spread in six of their last eight contests during week 8.
Green Bay Packers – The Packers struggles have shown up away from Lambeau Field this season as the team has failed to win in two road contests while also failing to cover the spread in each of those two contests. Along with those struggles the Packers have failed to cover the spread in four straight contests following their bye week over the past four NFL seasons. The taem has also failed to cover the spread in seven of their last eight games against teams in the NFC.
Head 2 Head – From the head to head meetings, the Packers have dominated the series covering the spread in five straight contests. That said the favorite has a 10-1 record against the spread over the last 11 total meetings.
What’s next for these two teams?
Los Angeles Rams – The Saints will head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in a key matchup in the NFC. ,
Green Bay Packers – The Ravens will make the trip south to the Carolinas to take on the Carolina Panthers.