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Rams Will Test Packers Mettle

The Green Bay Packers face the toughest stretch of its 2018 season, with four road games in next five weeks.

Los Angeles.  New England.  Miami at Lambeau.  Seattle.  Minnesota.

Mike Ditka sighed and chuckled when told of the Packers’ mid-season slate.

“That’s a tough stretch, no doubt,” Ditka said.  “But hey, the Packers have enough talent and the quarterback to beat anybody.  That said, you have to go out and do it.  I know it’s cliché, but you have to play them one at a time.  Be focused on today, stay in the moment.

“The Rams are very talented with a great young coach and a solid organization.   On paper, the Rams are definitely favored.  That just might ignite the competitive fire of the Packers and Aaron Rodgers.  Games aren’t won on paper and the most talented team doesn’t always win.  We’ll see what happens when they line up on Sunday afternoon.”

Kickoff is at 3:25 p.m. in a contest broadcast exclusively by FOX 25/48 in Western Wisconsin.

Ditka added one caveat:  “No one in the NFC North is running away with it.  The Vikings, the Bears, the Packers, even the Lions—they all have a shot.”

4-2-1 Minnesota is atop the NFC North division, with 3-2-1 Green Bay in second, and Detroit and Chicago tied with 3-3 records.

The Packers come off a bye week and will be rested and healthier—including Rodgers, who hopes to shed the brace on his recovering left knee.  

The explosive 7-0 Rams are the class of NFC and should feast on an inconsistent GB defense that struggles to pressure the quarterback and cover at safety.  Todd Gurley, the NFL’s leading rusher, and quarterback Jared Goff trigger a powerhouse offense that produces more than 33 points per game.  But don’t count Green Bay out.

“The Packers had two weeks to prepare for the Rams and are healthier,” Ditka said.  “On any given Sunday, anybody can beat anybody in this league.”

Week 8 NFL Picks

Packers’ best chance comes with Rodgers having a career day, Jones getting 15+ carries, and defense creating turnovers.
Rams 40, Packers 31

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