The Green Bay Packers, winners of two of three, seem to have found a groove offensively since the controversial 14-12 Monday night loss to Seattle on Sept. 24.
In the first three weeks of the season, the Packers manage 22, 23 and 12 points and a 1-2 record. The last three, the team has scored 28, 27 and 42 to even its season mark to 3-3 in advance of today's game against the St. Louis Rams.
It comes at the right the right time, as St. Louis (3-3) has won all three of its games at home and features pass rushers Robert Quinn (6 sacks) and Chris Long (4) which bookend tackles Kendall Langford and Michael Brockers.
"They do a lot of different things," Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. "They get rush out of their front four. They bring pressure. It's not that they're just relying on the front four. The front four can get there but they do bring pressure and mix things up."
Packers guard T.J. Lang added that the Rams have "A lot of athletic guys on defense, they fly around to the ball on that side of the ball. We know it's definitely going to be a challenge for us so we have to make sure we're doing everything we can to match their effort and their intensity."
The Packers are looking forward to repeat the offensive explosion from Sunday night when Aaron Rodgers threw for six touchdowns against the previously unbeaten Houston Texans.
"It's only one game," Lang said. "We played a damn good team and did a lot of good things on offense, but that's been a problem the first five weeks was we were lacking that consistency of putting it together week after week.
"We do have a lot of confidence right now. We played a good game last Sunday and we're looking forward to the opportunity to continue to grow and build on that and make sure we're stacking our success, as coach likes to say, and staying consistent."
St. Louis running back Steven Jackson may be 29 years old, in his ninth year in the league, and perhaps showing the wear of 2,227 carries and 9,416 yards – but he's still top of mind for the Packers defense.
"He's an animal," said defensive lineman Jerel Worthy. "He's a huge man that runs hard, runs physical. With a guy like that he's always moving piles forward so when you make contact you always want to run your feet a little bit and just make sure doesn't fall forward for those extra yards."
Packers team up with Milwaukee County Parks
The Milwaukee County Parks, in partnership with Journey House and the Green Bay Packers, will host a groundbreaking ceremony at the Journey House Football Field on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
The "Journey to the End Zone" ceremony marks the donation of synthetic turf from the Green Bay Packers which was previously located at the Ray Nitschke Practice Field.
Mitchell Park's new football field will provide youth in the Journey House Football and Cheerleading League a home field for developing their athletic and life skills.
The field is located behind the tot lot and splash pad and can be accessed by the park walkway located at South 22nd Street and Pierce Street. Visitor may use limited street parking or the parking lot at South 27th Street and Pierce Street.
Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.
A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.
To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.
Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining OnMilwaukee.com.
In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.
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