Packers vs. Rams: Three things I'll be watching for
The 3-3 Packers will complete three game road swing Sunday afternoon at the 3-3 St. Louis Rams. St. Louis has already won more games than all of last season, and seem to be a much more professional bunch under new Head Coach Jeff Fisher. Meanwhile, the Packers are coming off their most impressive win of the season - a 42-24 thrashing of the Houston Texans last Sunday night.
Below are three things that I'll be watching for in Sunday's game:
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES'S
I mean seriously - how many more consecutive weeks can James Jones record two touchdown receptions? With Greg Jennings out of the lineup once again, Jones stands a good chance to have another productive day, but what I'll be watching to see is if he remains a red hot red zone target for Aaron Rodgers for the fourth straight week. Remember all the talk in the pre-season about trading Jones to Miami? Since the beginning of training camp, Jones has been, without question, the most consistent wide receiver for the Packers this season.
While Clay Matthews failed to record a sack last weekend against the Texans, he remains among the league leaders with 8 this season. More impressive, perhaps, has been Matthews' ability to play the run. His relentless motor, and lateral speed have been on display from the get-go this season. What I'll be watching to see is how the Rams plan to stop Matthews on Sunday. The Rams offensive line is average at best, and left tackle is a serious problem right now. St. Louis will be starting a third-stringer on the left side, and that could mean a field-day for the Clay-Maker.
DOME SWEET DOME
The Packers are a very respectable 16-7 indoors since Mike McCarthy arrived in 2006. The past two weeks, Green Bay has successfully sucked the life out of the stadium with fast starts. The problem is, they only have one win to show for it. What I'll be watching to see is if they can A.) start fast for the third week in a row, and B.) will they keep their foot on the gas pedal in the second half? The Packers proved they can close out a quality team on the road, but can they do it again?