Thoughts From the Green Bay Packers Versus the Los Angeles Rams (11/5/2023)
My thoughts from today's Green Bay Packers' 20-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
There is still a lot for Green Bay to work on but winning certainly helps. It wasn't always pretty but the victory gives the Packers something to build on. At minimum, it's better than fifth-straight loss.
The defense deserves the game ball. Yes, they were up against a backup quarterback. But they controlled the run, kept one of the league's deepest receiving corps in check and made the plays that were gifted to them, making it a lot easier on Jordan Love and the offense.
Romeo Doubs has already become Love's favorite receiver, but I feel like rookies Dontayvion Wicks and Jayden Reed have also moved ahead of Christian Watson in the receiving pecking order. Watson has talent but just can't seem to get on the same page as Love consistently, possibly because of the amount of time he has missed in his first two seasons due to injury. Even his lone catch in this contest resulted in him being taken into the locker room.
The Packers offense looks completely different when Aaron Jones gets the ball. Not only can the veteran running back make plays, having him on the field makes everyone else better too. Now he also needs to stay healthy.
The penalties need to get cleaned up. Some penalties are unavoidable. Others, like the offense being offsides on back-to-back (successful) fourth down tries, are potential game killers. The Packers were able to overcome it today, but that's not something that happens very often.