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Green Bay Routs Reeling St. Louis

Green Bay Routs Reeling St. Louis


Green Bay Routs Reeling St. Louis

by Ross Everett

Now that the Detroit Lions have ended their losing streak, the St. Louis Rams are officially the worst team in the NFL. The Rams extended their losing streak"now the NFLs longest"to 13 games on Sunday with a 36-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers on their home field at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The Packers Aaron Rodgers threw for 269 and two touchdowns and rushed for a third as Green Bay pulled away in the second half. The victory snapped a five game road losing streak for Green Bay and improved their 2009 NFL regular season record to 2-1. The Rams dropped to 0-3 in the 2009 NFL season.

Green Bay easily covered as a 6 road favorite, in the process earning their second pointspread cover in three NFL regular season games this year. The Rams dropped to 1-2 against the spread. The 53 combined points scored went OVER the posted total of 42. The Rams have only covered 12 of their last 36 lined games.

Rogers had been sacked a league high ten times in his first two games, but only went down twice in the victory over the Rams. Afterwards, he praised his offensive line for giving him the time he needed to complete passes downfield:

"They really gave me some time. I was able to move in the pocket."

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo blamed the loss on the lack of big plays generated by his defense:

"It's the big plays on defense that kill you and the turnovers -- we didn't get any takeaways."

Packers coach Mike McCarthy, meanwhile, praised the big play ability of his offense in earning the victory:

"Big plays equal points in this league. We say it every week. It was evident today. We have the ability to play that way."

Green Bay quarterback Rodgers continued to explain the teams big play ability, suggesting that much of it stemmed from the Rams man to man coverage of Greg Jennings and Donald Driver:

"If they are in press coverage on Driver and Jennings, we're going to take our shots. I was able to put the ball in the spot."

The Rams will look to end their ending streak next weekend, but wont receive any help from the schedule maker as they travel cross country to play the improving San Francisco 49ers. Theyll return home the following Sunday to play the Minnesota Vikings before taking to the road again, traveling to Florida to play the Jacksonville Jaguars. Green Bay will head to Minnesota for a Monday Night game against the Vikings next week. Theyll then enjoy a bye week before hosting the Detroit Lions on October 18th.

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