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Bought half point to +7
The major angle favoring the Packers this weekend is the weather, however the more I've looked into it it doesn't seem like it will be as big of a deal as some are portraying. January weather in Green Bay is usually below 20 degrees with snow, luckily this Saturday won't be anything close to that as it is expected to be 31 degrees and mostly cloudy by the time kickoff happens. Everyone remembers the Packers/Titans game from a few weeks ago, this will not resemble that weather. The Rams just dominated the Seahawks and temperature in Seattle was 41 degrees, we are talking about a game that is 10 degrees colder than the one they just played in. The Rams are very fortunate.
As for the game itself, the Rams have the best defense in football - and they have all the tools to slow down the Packers #1 offense. They can put Jalen Ramsey on Devante Adams, and they can pressure Rodgers with their elite defensive line without needing to blitz. In fact, the Rams led the NFL in sacks per game this season which will be a stark difference from the level of opponents Green Bay has faced. Jared Goff's injury is being talked about a lot as well, but he looked serviceable enough to me this past weekend and I know the Rams will look to pound the ball and play the time of possession battle on offense. LA has the better offensive line, better defensive line, better run defense, better pass defense, better rushing attack, and better coaching staff in this game. The only reason this line opened -7 was due to the Rams injuries, however McVay has already stated Aaron Donald will play, while Cooper Kupp and David Edwards are both questionable to probable at the moment. I'd like both of them in before making a big play on the Rams. The Packers last 7 victories to close out the season have come against defenses with an average ranking of #21 as they've recently played and beat the Jaguars, Bears twice, Eagles, Lions, Panthers, and the Titans in a severe snow game. The Rams defense is on another level from any of those teams, while they also play in the toughest division in football which means they've already game planned for tough games all season long.