Report card vs. Rams

Here are this week's grades for each area of the team and coaching in the wake of Green Bay's 34-24 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday:<p>

PASSING OFFENSE: B -- Nothing wrong with Brett Favre's 104.7 passer rating. He mixed it up, completing balls to 10 receivers, and was accurate, too. Ahman Green scored for the second week in a row on a screen pass (21 yards), and Javon Walker continued to make at least one good catch (26 yards) per game. However, the Packers weren't able to protect well enough to give Favre the time to throw from deep drops as the Rams did with Marc Bulger. Favre's one bad read was an intercepted screen pass by Leonard Little.

RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- The NFL's fifth-rated run offense fell apart against the speedy Rams on turf. Time after time ends Leonard Little and Grant Wistrom pursued from the back side and caught Ahman Green before he could get through the hole. Eleven of Green's 20 carries were for one yard or worse. Luckily, he had three draw plays for 17 yards, or else his 20-35 day would have been even worse. Little and his linemates kept stunting into plays, but they also were stout at the point of attack.

PASS DEFENSE: D -- The Packers could muster no pressure whatsoever on Bulger, who repeatedly took seven-step drops and scanned the field. Orlando Pace owned Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, who is overpaid and ineffective. As usual, the Packers got no rush from inside. Cletidus Hunt also is overpaid and ineffective. When Ed Donatell blitzed, and it wasn't often, people almost never got home. The secondary had little chance against a pair of great receivers.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- Marshall Faulk didn't play. Lamar Gordon left after seven snaps. So third-stringer Arlen Harris, a third-stringer, rushed 18 times for 85 yards. Harris kept banging away on tosses and sweeps as the Packers made few big hits. Marc Bulger scrambled for 28 yards when the defense was late reacting.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- The Packers lost the field position battle. Josh Bidwell had a bad day in a great setting, kicking several line drives and short punts. The Packers lost a fumble when Sean Landeta's short punt bounced off holdup blocker Al Harris. Harris blamed KR Antonio Chatman for not giving him a "Peter" call to get out of the way. K Ryan Longwell kicked off adequately.

COACHING: D -- The Packers needed to find ways to manufacture pressure but couldn't do it. They saw Marc Bulger take a majority of seven-step drops Monday night against Atlanta, then saw Bulger do it against them with nary a glove laid on him. The Packers didn't play as hard as the Rams, and that's on Mike Sherman. The Rams had a lot more injuries, too, but the Packers failed to match their intensity level.


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