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NFL Week 8 FOX Green Bay Packers @ Los Angeles Rams Preview

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Green Bay Packers @ Los Angeles Rams – FOX, 4:25 PM

Rodgers the master of third down

Aaron Rodgers gets it done when it counts. He leads the league in virtually every metric on third downs, including adjusted completion percentage, passer rating and yards per attempt. Rodgers has an overall grade of 90.2 this season, which is tied for sixth among quarterbacks.

The offensive line doing their job

Aaron Rodgers is scary as is, but when you also give him one of the best pass-blocking offensive lines in the league, it just makes Rodgers and the Packers that much scarier. Green Bay's offensive line ranks first in pass-blocking grade (91.2); as a unit, they have allowed only 59 pressures on 296 pass-blocking snaps.

Packers' pass-rush improvement

The Packers' pass-rush is generating pressure on 38.4% of passing snaps this season, ranking third in the NFL. Much of that is due to Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels generating pressure from the interior. Both Clark and Daniels rank in the top 10 in pass-rush grade among interior defenders this season.

Packers going man-to-man

Green Bay has used man coverage on 46.5% of plays this season, which is the second-highest rate in the NFL. When playing man, the Packers have allowed a lowly passer rating of 84.7. The opposing quarterback this week, Jared Goff, has the second-best passer rating against man coverage this season (117.5). Something will have to give when these two duke it out, man-to-man.

Goff is money over the middle

Jared Goff is in the midst of a breakout season, ranking third among quarterbacks with an overall grade of 90.8. Most of the damage Goff has dished out has been right down the middle of the field. He ranks third in passer rating and second in yards per attempt when passing down the middle.

Gurley's red zone running

Todd Gurley is having an MVP type of year, and one of the reasons is because of his work in the red zone. From inside the five-yard line, Gurley has converted 7 of his 12 carries into touchdowns. Once Gurley gets close, he can't be denied.

Donald wrecking the game

Aaron Donald is arguably the most dominant player in football. Before the halfway point of the season, Donald already has two games in which he registered 12 or more pressures in a single game. If there was ever a guy who was so good that he can win games by himself, it's Aaron Donald.

Pressure without the blitz

The Rams' pass-rush hasn't needed much help from blitzes, as they rank second in pressure percentage without blitzing (39.7%). Fortunately for Los Angeles, the ability to generate a pass-rush and still have extra coverage defenders has long been a recipe for defeating elite quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers.

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