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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers made a loud statement last week to those predicting the team’s demise, dominating the previously unbeaten Houston Texans behind six touchdown passes from the league’s reigning MVP.
The Packers have yet to win two straight games, so carrying the momentum from the rout in Houston will be the goal when they visit the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
The Rams are coming off a three-point loss in Miami but they have already surpassed last season’s victory total behind a defense that has surrendered only 33 points in the last three weeks. The Packers beat the Rams 24-3 last season and have won the last three meetings by a combined 93-34 margin.
Green Bay Packers (3-3): Green Bay finally resembled the team that went an NFL-best 15-1 last week, carving up the Texans behind a spectacular performance by Rodgers.
Alex Green rushed for only 65 yards on 22 carries in his first start in place of an injured Cedric Benson, but Green Bay’s passing game was unstoppable. Jordy Nelson, who has struggled with the absence of No. 1 wideout Greg Jennings, caught three touchdown passes and hauled in a season-high nine catches for 121 yards.
James Jones continues to be a touchdown machine in place of Jennings, hauling in two more scoring passes to give him six in his last three games.
St. Louis Rams (3-3): Slowing down the high-powered Packers will be a major test for St. Louis, which is 3-0 at home but has already lost at Detroit and Chicago – both division rivals of Green Bay.
The Rams rolled up a season-high 462 yards – including 162 yards rushing – in the loss to the Dolphins, but they have been far too reliant on rocket-legged rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein, who was perfect through five games before missing on three of five attempts last week (albeit one from 66 yards).
Quarterback Sam Bradford threw for a season-high 315 yards and ran for St. Louis’ only touchdown in the fourth quarter. He has been sacked 18 times, tied for the third-highest total in the league.
1. Rodgers became the first QB in franchise history to have six TD passes and zero interceptions.
2. St. Louis is seeking its first 4-0 start at home since going a perfect 8-0 in 2003.
3. Jones joined the legendary Don Hutson as the only Packer receivers with at least two TD passes in three straight games.