Oct 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) dives while defended by Houston Texans defensive back Troy Nolan (33) during the third quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Packers won 42-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Quick Picks: St. Louis Rams vs. Green Bay Packers

With the Seahawks playing last night, and the game’s result leaving not wanting to discuss that game just yet, I thought I’d preview some of this weekend’s key games and provide come quick predictions on how I expect the games to unfold.

As I do with my Seahawks predictions, I’m going to base my predictions on the ratings from Pro Football Focus, I’m just going to go into less detail.

St. Louis Rams

The Rams are much improved, and a perfect 3-0 at home. Their 15.0 rating in total defense and 7.2 in total offense are nothing to be scared of. Still, both are about league average, meaning neither is a true weakness either.

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay’s 36.1 rating on offense is higher than I expected since they haven’t been as sharp as expected offensively as we’d expected. But that is stil an impressive rating, and they finally “got right” last week. The 22.5 rating on defense isn’t elite by any means, but it is much improved from last year when they were fairly dreadful on defense.

Final Evaluation

looking at just the ratings, you’d be led to believe that this should be a blowout in favor of the Packers. I simply don’t buy that. The Pack has been inconsistent this year, especially on offense. Add in that the Rams have been surprisingly good at home, and you get a fairly close game. I still think the Packers win, but I expect it to be close.

Packers 23 – Rams 20

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