The Green Bay Packers are back over .500 after a convincing 30-20 road win over the St. Louis Rams. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense marched on several sustained, clock-eating drives, keeping their defense off the field and limiting opportunities for the Rams.
Rodgers and the Packers struck quickly as Jordy Nelson hauled in a back-shoulder fade from three yards out in the first quarter. Nelson brought in a 52-yard pass from Rodgers to set up the scoring chance, and the duo connected again for the touchdown, providing a lead that they would never relinquish.
After an exchange of field goals, the Packers offense opened the second half by taking up nearly seven minutes on their first possession. Rodgers methodically moved the offense down the field, capping it with another short touchdown pass. This one was from five yards out, and Randall Cobb was on the receiving end for his second touchdown of the season.
One quarter later, Cobb would add his third score of the year and effectively ice the game. Rodgers did most of the work on the critical third-and-nine play, evading pressure and rolling to his left to fire a rocket over the defense. The pass hit Cobb right in the hands as he crossed the plane, sealing Green Bay's fourth win of the season. An animated gif of the play:
The St. Louis offense was quiet for most of the game, settling for two lengthy Greg Zuerlein field goals until the fourth quarter. The Rams finally punched it in for their first touchdown of the day with under nine minutes to play. It was Steven Jackson, bursting through a hole on interior for his (and the team's) first rushing touchdown of the season.
The score moved the game within a touchdown, but Rodgers quickly extinguished any chances of a comeback, responding with the amazing throw to Cobb.
Rodgers was sharp all day, throwing just seven incompletions as he dissected the Rams' defense. Rodgers was 30 of 37 for 342 yards and three touchdowns.
Nelson and Cobb were on the other end of Rodgers' big day. Nelson finished with eight catches for 122 yards and a touchdown, while Cobb added eight catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
But did they cover?
The Packers were favored by four to six points in most places, and they had no problems covering the spread.
What's up next?
After two straight wins to improve to 3-2, the St. Louis Rams have dropped two straight to fall to 3-4 following their home loss to the Green Bay Packers. Joe McAtee of Turf Show Times breaks down the game and looks ahead to what the Rams need to do to get back on train in the rough and tumble NFC West.