Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wrap-up: Packers 24, Rams 3
By Kevin Seifert
A few thoughts on the Green Bay Packers' 24-3 victory against the St. Louis Rams:
What it means: The Packers are 6-0 for the first time since 1965. They did most of their offensive damage in the second quarter and cruised through a scoreless second half. Despite giving up 424 yards to the Rams' previously anemic offense, nothing that happened Sunday changed my mind about the Packers' status as the NFL's top team.
RodgersWatch: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a perfect passer rating at halftime after throwing three touchdown passes in the second quarter, including a 93-yarder to receiver Jordy Nelson against some bumbling Rams coverage. But if you were hoping to see Rodgers pile up some record-breaking numbers thereafter, I'm sorry to report it didn't happen. Rodgers managed just 49 yards after halftime, but with a three-score lead, he didn't need to do much.
Offensive numbers: The Packers gave up 321 passing yards to Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. Running back Steven Jackson had 96 yards. If you heard those numbers before the game, you would have thought the Rams would have been in the game. But a Sam Shields' interception in the end zone ended one drive, and the Packers defense made the plays when it counted.
What's next: The Packers will travel to their home-away-from home at the Metrodome to take on the Minnesota Vikings. Packers fans, many of them local, annually buy up thousands of tickets for that game.