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Packers vs. Rams: Preview, Prediction

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The Packers are desperate for a victory. They are in the midst of a disappointing season, riding a three-game losing streak. 

While most anticipated the Packers (2-5) to experience some adversity this season, the expectation was for them to be competitive, even with the league’s youngest roster.

Now, seven games through the season, so many question marks surround the Packers. They will try to right the ship against the Los Angeles Rams (3-5) on Sunday.

The Packers will likely catch a break against the Rams, who are in the midst of a two-game losing streak. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is dealing with a sprained UCL in his right thumb, and he’s questionable to play against the Packers. If he can’t go, QB Brett Rypien will start for the Rams.

Rypien has played in nine games during his four-year NFL career. He has struggled in his limited action, throwing four touchdowns and eight interceptions. The Packers must generate pressure against Rypien and force him to make quick decisions. 

The Packers need to fix many areas if they want to defeat the Rams. Matt LaFleur has to do a better job of calling plays, QB Jordan Love can’t force the ball into tight coverage, the receivers can’t continue to drop passes, and the offensive line needs to do a better job in run and pass blocking.

The Packers have a lot of areas where they need to improve. Luckily for their sake, they face a beatable opponent. With Stafford unlikely to play, the Packers need to put the pieces together on both sides of the ball and claim a much-needed victory.

Prediction: Packers 30, Rams 23 

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