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The Green Bay Packers are alone on top of the NFL Mountain after defeating the St. Louis Rams 24-3. The Packer victory pushes their record to 6-0 and makes them the only remaining unbeaten team after the Detroit Lions loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Packers made it look easy, getting the performance out of their quarterback Aaron Rodgers that they come to expect. Rodgers threw for 300 plus yards and three touchdowns, including a career best 93 yard bomb to Jordy Nelson. However the show was over just as quickly as it started; all points scored by both teams came in the first half.
While happy to get the win, the scoreless half bothered Packer head coach Mike McCarthy and in a statement he said “You have to be running on all cylinders, and we’re not there yet. So fortunately, we’re 6-0. We’ll continue to work to get there.” The same lack of offense bothered Rodgers as well, as he stated, “It’s a feeling of minor disappointment, I think, in that locker room.
We just, in the second half, offensively just struggled. The second quarter was great; we put up a lot of points. I think it’s encouraging at the same time. It’s tough to win in this league, we’re 6-0, and have a lot of room for improvement.”
While the Packers were looking for ways to continue their dominance, the Rams were just looking for ways to score and win. The Rams are currently 0-5 and sitting at the bottom of the NFC West, looking up at the division leading San Francisco 49ers. Frustrated Rams running back Steven Jackson tried to explain the slow start, “for whatever reason, we get into the red zone; we keep shooting ourselves in the foot.”
The Packers on both sides of the ball looked to be poised to make another deep playoff run. If there are any points of contention it would be the injury plagued offensive line and banged up secondary. Last week, the Packers lost left tackle Chad Clifton indefinitely and safety Sam Shields went down in the 3rd quarter after sustaining a head injury. Even with the missing pieces, both performed well this Sunday, protecting Rodgers and shutting the Rams offense down.
However, when the second season comes around, they won’t be up against a struggling team like the Rams. For the Packers sake, let’s hope they fill those personnel holes and avoid becoming Swiss cheese.
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