Packers vs. Rams will kickoff a four-game slate of NFL divisional games in the 2021 playoffs.
Green Bay should be well-rested after securing the NFC’s only bye as the conference’s top seed, while the Rams just knocked off Seattle to advance as the No. 6 seed to this stage. As the lowest-remaining seed, that meant Los Angeles would travel to Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
It’s probably right that the hype in this matchup will surround the Green Bay offense matching up with the Rams’ defense. Rodgers and Davante Adams have been one of the best QB-WR connections in recent times, and the Packers also bring three strong running backs in Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon. The Rams counter defensively with star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who will likely shadow Adams, along with superstar defensive lineman Aaron Donald.
Whether or not Los Angeles’ offense can keep up will start with who’s playing quarterback for the Rams. John Wolford started last week’s game with Jared Goff still recovering from a broken thumb, but Wolford injured his neck, forcing Goff into the game. Whichever player is closer to 100 percent will likely get the nod here.
The real key to L.A.’s success, though, is probably its running game. The Packers have received criticism this season for not being a great tackling team, and Rams rookie running back Cam Akers has burst onto the scene in the second half of the season. If Akers controls the game on the ground and keeps Rodgers on the sideline, the Rams will at least have a chance of pulling off an upset.
What channel is Packers vs. Rams on today?
TV channel (national): Fox
TV channel (Green Bay): WLUK
TV channel (Los Angeles): KTTV
Fox has two broadcasts on divisional weekend, and it’ll save its top team for Sunday. That means that Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play) and Daryl Johnston (color) will call Packers vs. Rams.
The team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call the Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees, Buccaneers vs. Saints game on Sunday night.