The Scoop - Packers Rams Predictions

For all the things which have gone on with the Packers recently: A loss to rival Minnesota, losing Elgton Jenkins for the season, waiting on David Bakhtiari’s return, the potential return of Aaron Jones, Aaron Rodgers’ toe-troversy, there’s one thing which stood out to us heading into Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams:

The Packers are underdogs. At home.

OK, as we type this Los Angeles is favored only by one point, but when was the last time a Rodgers-led Packers team wasn’t favored at Lambeau Field?

In his third season as head coach, Matt LaFleur has never lost back-to-back games. Twice the Packers have lost two of three games under his leadership – including this point in Green Bay’s schedule (a Rodgers-less loss to Kansas City coming three games ago).

Will this be the first time LaFleur tastes defeat two consecutive weeks? Are the Rams, who are 7-3 but are coming off back-to-back losses of their own in which they’ve scored only 26 combined points (while allowing 58) the team to do it?

Here’s this week’s predictions from around the web:

Barry Wilner of the Associated Press: Packers 20, Rams 17.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times: Rams 31, Packers 27. “Despite impressive records, there’s a hint of desperation in air for both. The Rams have had a week off to regroup. Hard to pick against Aaron Rodgers at home and Rams struggle against the run ...”

The Miami Herald’s Greg Cote: Packers 31, Rams 23. “I mean, what’s not to love? Two powers that could meet again for NFC championship. Aaron Donald chasing Aaron Rodgers. A rare dead-even, pick-em game? Packers and Rams both have cooled a bit lately, but that’s only further incentive to return to form in a measuring-stick game. LAR is off a bye but also in a two-game offensive funk. Gee Bees are 4-0 at home and on a 10-1 run there, so go with Lambeau. In Aaron We Trust. (Rodgers, that is).”

NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal: Rams 31, Packers 28. “have come to believe in this Packers team more than the Rams this season, something I did not expect. Yet I still believe in the Rams more this week. The Packers are limping to their Week 13 bye, with David Bakhtiari's knee setback coming in the same week they lose Elgton Jenkins for the season. The Packers have overcome injuries all year, and Aaron Rodgers is coming off his best performance of the season, so I'm losing my nerve as I type this, but the Rams are catching Green Bay at the right time.”

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com: Packers 31, Rams 24. “This the game of the week, featuring two of the best teams in the league. The Rams are coming off a bye and they get the Packers at a good time as they deal with a bunch of impactful injuries. But I think being back home after losing at Minnesota will be a big for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers wins it.”

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com: Rams 24, Packers 21. “I'm banking on the better team being the better team on Sunday in this spot. Green Bay just has too many injuries on the offensive line -- couple that with Aaron Jones hurting the explosion factor in the pass game -- and Los Angeles should take care of biz here.”

John Breech of CBSSports.com: Packers 30, Rams 27. “The projected kickoff temperature on Sunday is supposed to be 36 degrees. Since hiring Sean McVay in 2017, the Rams have played exactly three games in temperatures that cold and they went 1-2 in those games. Although that's not a huge sample size, you don't need to have a huge sample size when dealing with cold weather because we have thousands of years of human civilization as our sample size: People who don't live in cold weather hate cold weather. Let's also not forget that Matthew Stafford is going to be making his return to Lambeau Field. The Rams have lost two straight games and Stafford struggled in both of those losses and based on how he's played at Green Bay in the past, I have no reason to think that he's going to magically fix all his problems in a game where he'll be facing a Packers team that is highly familiar with how he plays. The fact that Aaron Rodgers has an injured toe does slightly concern me, but he threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns on the injured toe in Week 11, so I'm going to assume that he'll be just fine for Sunday.”

Jonathan Jones of CBSSports.com: Packers.

Jordan Dajani of CBSSports.com: Rams 31, Packers 27.

Tom Fornelli of CBSSports.com: Packers 28, Rams 24.

Bill Bender of the Sporting News: Rams 28, Packers 24. “The Rams are coming off a bye week. The Packers desperately need a bye week, and the offensive line suffered another blow with Elgton Jenkins' injury. Aaron Rodgers (toe) also is hurting, and that's not good news against a refreshed Rams' team looking to jell around new stars Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr. The Packers are undefeated at home, but Matthew Stafford gets back on track in this upset.”

Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News: Packers 30, Rams 24. “The Packers lost a wild shootout in Minnesota but still got back to rolling with Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams in the passing game. In this divisional playoff rematch, they will flex a little more in the running game in Lambeau Field with more of A.J. Dillon filling in for Aaron Jones. After a bye, Sean McVay's offense will clean up some things, leading to an exciting duel between Rodgers and old NFC North foe Matthew Stafford. Rodgers is just bound to make fewer mistakes at home and exploit the weaknesses around Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey better than Stafford does against an overachieving Green Bay defense.”

Ben Rolfe of Pro Football Network: Packers 27, Rams 24. “The playoff implications for this game are absolutely massive. This could be a tiebreaker for the No. 1 seed; neither team can afford to lose. Both rosters have looked out of sorts recently, but the Packers seemed to be getting back on track offensively against the Vikings. Additionally, Matthew Stafford has a 3-7 record in Lambeau during his career. He is surrounded by more talent now, but the Packers have managed to succeed against him. Home-field advantage is key for this game, and the Packers should pile on the concerns for Sean McVay and the Rams.”

Justin Bales of Pro Football Network: Packers 24, Rams 17. “Green Bay will have a massive edge at home against Los Angeles because of the weather this weekend. It may not be as drastic with Matthew Stafford having played for the Detroit Lions (who travel to Green Bay on a yearly basis). With that being said, Stafford only owns a 3-7 career record at Lambeau Field. ... I fully expect an elite Green Bay defense to slow down a Los Angeles offense that’s only recorded 26 points over their last two games.”

Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith and Mike Florio: MDS – Packers 20, Rams 14; Florio – Packers 23, Rams 20.

Don Brennan of the Toronto Sun: Rams 27, Packers 20.

Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area: Rams 28, Packers 24. “The Rams had an entire week to stew on their loss to the 49ers. That bye week also served as the proper time to fully integrate Odell Beckham Jr. into the offense. The Packers are dealing with some very impactful injuries and Aaron Rodgers’ toe continues to bother him. It’s a good spot for the Rams.”

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Packers 31, Rams 28.

Ken Schott of The Daily Gazette: Packers 30, Rams 24.

Philly Voice’s Jimmy Kempski: Packers.

Bleacher Report staff: Five of six pick the Rams. Score prediction: Rams 26, Packers 24.

Joe DiTullio and Cecil J. Walker III of The Game Haus: DiTullio – Rams; Walker – Packers.

Four of eight analysts at CBSSports.com take the Packers to win.

Three of five analysts at SI.com are picking the Packers.

Four of seven writers at USA Today predict a Packers victory.

Six of 11 analysts at ESPN pick the Packers.

Just one four writers at Athlon Sports think the Packers will win.