The Green Bay Packers capitalized on three turnovers from Joe Barry’s defense to lead a critical win over the visiting Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Packers now enter their much needed bye week at 9-3 and second in the NFC standings. They still have yet to lose back to back games under Matt LaFleur. As usual, here are three takeaways from Sunday’s victory over the Rams.
The Packers have improved to 9-0 on the season when winning the turnover battle. With Rashan Gary returning to the lineup, he immediately made his presence felt with a strip sack in the first quarter. Preston Smith recovered the fumble at the 6 yard line which set up a short field for the offense. In his last five games, Rashan Gary has 5 sacks, 10 quarterback hits, and 2 forced fumbles. Safety Adrian Amos also delivered a clutch tackle to stop the Rams offense on 4th and 1 that led to a Packers field goal. Not to be outdone, Rasul Douglas got his first interception since the Arizona game winner by jumping a pass intended for Cooper Kupp and taking it back 33 yards for a touchdown. The score helped put Green Bay up by 19 and essentially the game out of reach.
Another day, another 100 yard performance from Davante Adams. The Green Bay Packers receiver has made greatness just look so casual. Not to mention, three of his catches converted third downs. Between Adams, Cobb, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, the trio combined to catch 16 passes for 249 yards and a score. All three receivers had a catch over 20 yards, with Adams on the receiving end of a beautifully thrown ball for a 43 yard gain. Cobb had a season high 95 yards, including a 54 yard catch and run in between three defenders. He also caught a 7 yard touchdown running a route of the backfield before eventually leaving the game with a groin injury.
AJ Dillon is for real
The Packer’s run game starts with AJ Dillon. It was wonderful having Aaron Jones back from injury, but AJ Dillon makes this offense go. Dillon had 25 touches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Behind a patchwork offensive line, Dillon only averaged 3.5 yards per carry, but he ran hard and earned every yard he gained. In addition, he caught all five of his targets for 21 receiving yards. Behind Dillon, Green Bay dominated the time of possession
The Green Bay Packers are finally off in Week 13. They’ll return to the field on Sunday, Dec. 12 when the Bears come to Lambeau Field for a primetime showdown.