|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFLOn Sunday afternoon, two teams from the Midwest meet as the Green Bay Packers make the short trip south to take on the St. Louis Rams. The game is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 PM ET in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO, with all of the action to be provided by FOX.
The Packers come into this game after a win on the road over the Houston Texans, ending the Texans' undefeated season. In a 42-24 victory, the Packers held a 427-321 edge in total yards, and a 328-231 edge in passing yards. The Green Bay defense sacked Houston three times, while forcing 3 interceptions. QB Aaron Rodgers threw 24-of-37, for 338 yards, and 6 touchdowns, while WR Jordy Nelson ran for 121 yards and 3 touchdowns on 9 catches. After failing to cover the spread in 3 straight games, the Packers covered by 22 points over the Texans
The Rams are coming off of a close loss on the road to the Miami Dolphins, 17-14. Down 17-6 in the fourth quarter, the Rams put 8 points on the board to narrow the gap, but ran out of time. The Rams held a 462-192 edge in total yards, including a 162-36 edge in rushing yards. They also held an edge in first downs at 22-12, and held onto the ball for 7 more minutes than Miami. However, twelve penalties and 3 sacks cost them 110 yards. QB Sam Bradford threw 26-of-39, for 315 yards. The Rams have been perfect at home this season, both SU and ATS. As the underdog in all 3 home games, they have covered by 6 ½, 9 ½, and 15 points.
The Packers are 2-4 ATS on the season, and 0-2 ATS as an away favorite. They are 1-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Rams are 5-1 ATS overall this year, and 3-0 ATS as a home underdog. They are 5-1 ATS against NFC opponents. They have been the favorite in a game in only 7 of their last 75 matchups.
These two teams have met seven times since 2001, with Green Bay leading the series 4-3. Their last meeting, in October 2011, resulted in a Packers victory, 24-3. In that one, the Packers were 14 point favorites. In a September 2009 matchup, Green Bay won 36-17, after they were favored by 6 ½ points.
For this weekend's game, the Packers are 5 point road favorites from BetRoyal sportsbook's pro football odds. The over/under is set at 45.
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We looked at the Packers in Week 4 against the Saints in this article. Click here to read our preview of the Rams-Bears game from Week 3. In Week 2, the Rams played the Redskins, and we previewed that game on this page. We previewed their Week 1 matchup with the Detroit Lions in this article.