Playoffs in Green Bay / The Lil Wayne Effect

A Saturday afternoon NFL playoff game after a first round bye, AT Lambeau Field, WITH fans, and it’s going to be COLD and SNOWING?

AND LIL WAYNE DROPPED A SONG JUST TO ADD TO THE EXCITEMENT?

Let’s not forget that the first time Lil Wayne blessed the world with the first Packers hit in 2011, they won the Super Bowl.

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I can barely contain all my excitement without feeling I’m about to explode. I’m typing this at a million miles an hour so I can educate y’all on today’s game, then get to cracking a cold one or 12.

From my living room. Ya girl has to quarantine before flying out to Aspen next week. That doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate accordingly from my living room couch. Don’t fret.

Let me just quickly add that if you, my fellow readers (could be five of you or 500 of you, nonetheless), if you aren’t tuning on Jan. 29-31 to watch X Games Aspen 2021, I question your loyalty.

I’m kidding but seriously, don’t make me say it twice. I meant what I said the first time.

ANYWAYS. The Green Bay Packers (13-3) hosting the LA Rams (10-6).

This game is full of matchups.

From a wider scope, it’s the No.1 scoring offense against the No.1 defense.

Rams DT Aaron Donald, the man that they call “The Terminator,” is playing with torn rib cartilage after last week’s game against the Seahawks, but this dude seems crazy so I don’t think this will affect him much, as it would the average human being.

Donald had two sacks against Seattle last week. So on the season, he has a total of 13.5 sacks, 45 tackles, and 4 forced fumbles.

The big question here is will the Rams be able to score enough without a defensive score or a lot of turnovers? Let me answer it for you, plain and simple.

No. Ain’t no way.

Even with a strong force like Donald, the Rams’ other defensive workhorse, Jalen Ramsey, won’t be enough to carry their offense.

The connection that Aaron Rodgers and Adams have is one of the main reasons that Green Bay is the highest-scoring team in the NFL. It’s just too strong.

But if LA chooses to put Ramsey up against Adams, which I’m sure will be the case, Adams is going to be put to the ultimate test. In which I have all the faith in the world that he will pass.

That brings me to the next matchup that is in every storyline.

Adams and Ramsey.

Ramsey is playing at the top of his game and is considered one of the best at this point in time. He may only have one interception this season, but that is saying something.

This means that no team throws his way. This means he plays stellar defense. This goes without saying, but I said it anyway.

Adams is also playing at the top of his game, at the top of ANYONE’S game to be honest. While Ramsey kept DK Metcalf contained last week, Adams is a different animal.

IF Ramsey is able to lock up Adams, this is where our other main man, running back Aaron Jones, is going to be the significant force that gets points on the board. Jones on the season has 1104 yds, 9 TDs, and averages 5.5 YPC.

Long story short, Rodgers is brilliant and will be able to make plays regardless of the situation. Having David Bakhtiari out is huge, especially up against a player like Aaron Donald. But I wholeheartedly believe that the Packers will be able to compensate and fill the voids where they need to be filled, no matter how messy it may look.

Like I said earlier, the LA Rams defense won’t be enough to get past the Rodgers and the Packers. While our defense/secondary has been up and down this season, we don’t need to have as much faith in our defense to score or cause a lot of turnovers due to the fact that Rodgers is able to do most of it on his own.

That’s our QB. *heart eyes*

The Rams quarterback, Jared Goff, is the main source of a lot of issues in LA. For one, he has a couple of pins in his thumb, so I mean, yeah. Not good. Also with the cold weather? His thumb is going to be absolutely screaming for help.

The ideal situation here is to force Goff to make plays under pressure, and do whatever it takes to make sure we shut down the play-action and running back Cam Akers. Shutting down Akers and forcing Goff to throw the ball. Plain and simple.

The offense is clearly one that is designed around protecting the QB, so mess up that routine, and Goff will do the damage himself.

He had a passer rating of 45.7 and threw seven interceptions (second-most) when under pressure. The Packers will likely their chances if they can stop the run and put the game in Goffโ€™s hands.

Akers took over most of the workload last week, which helped execute the upset against Seattle.

Jared Goff has 36 turnovers, including 29 interceptions, over the last two seasons.

The playoff game in Green Bay will feature eight All-Pros, including six first-team All-Pros, two quarterbacks with Super Bowl experience, and two of the brightest young coaches in the NFL.

3:35pm cannot come soon enough. While this game is going to be an absolute GAME, the Rams are not ready for a cold one in Green Bay, Wisconsin. While Lambeau will not be jam packed with fans, they will still feel the presence as if that wasn’t the case. It’s a different ballgame here come playoffs.

This is a moment we’ve been waiting for, and have been ready for.

Packers 27-17. I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll talk to you all next week. As I say again and again, Saturdays aren’t just for the boys anymore.

They’re for Packers football, and reading about what I have to say about them. I can’t think of anything better.

GPG till the wheels fall off. Cheers.

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Samantha is a Saint Leo University graduate from Appleton, WI (the 920!). You can follow her on twitter at @Sam_Milliren.

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