PackerReport.com staff predictions

The Green Bay Packers will try to get their first home victory in three tries this season Sunday at Lambeau Field against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams, behind Marc Bulger, Tory Holt and Isaac Bruce will be too much for Green Bay's defense to handle, some pundits predict. However, other pundits feel a Packer victory is in store. Read on!

Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 3-1
Sunday's game: Rams 27, Packers 17
Comment: The Rams simply have too much talent on offense for Green Bay's shoddy defense to corral.

Harry Sydney, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 3-1
Sunday's game: Rams 34, Packers 17
Comment: This will be an interesting game, but the Rams have too many weapons. So I believe it will result in the Rams winning.

Todd Korth, Managing Editor
Packers season prediction record: 3-1
Sunday's game: Packers 24, Rams 21
Comment: All the numbers say the Rams should win, but I have a feeling that the secondary, feeling the heat all week in the media, will have its best game of the season. Look for a better output on offense as well, and Dave Rayner will boot a game-winning field goal in the final minute.

W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 3-1
Sunday's game: Rams 31, Packers 24
Comment: This is a game the Packers are very capable of winning and should win, but a 31st-ranked defense makes picking them to win a stretch. Wasn't their pass defense ranked 1st at the end of last season? Maybe that was a dream. I usually prefer when Eva Longoria makes a cameo in my dreams, but I digress. I have Isaac Bruce on my fantasy team and you can bet I'll be starting him this week. He and Holt could have a field day, even with Ahmad Carroll out of the picture (like he wasn't out of the picture on a lot of receptions, anyway). The Packers offense will undoubtedly fare better than they did against Philly's defense, but the they're falling short in both the play-calling and playmaking department. x.

Ken Stills, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 3-1
Sunday's game: St. Louis 28, Packers 13
Comment: The Packers face another offense that can put points on the board. Marc Bulger has thrown for 1,039 yards on 141 attempts with no interceptions and has averaged 320 yards passing in the last two weeks. Brett Favre has attempted 164 passes for a total of 1,055 yards with 5 interceptions. Stephen Jackson is ranked second in the league in rushing with 367 yards. The Packers' rushing game is on hold right with their starting tailback out with a injuries. St. Louis's defense is ranked 8th in the NFC while Green Bay is ranked dead last. Based on the numbers and past performances Green Bay will probably still be looking for their first home win of the season.

Tom Andrews, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 2-2
Sunday's game: Packers 24, Rams 21
Comment: I know, I know. The Rams are playing great football and are coming off a thumping of Detroit while the Packers have a short week after collapsing at Philadelphia. Logic dictates that St. Louis should easily roll over the Packers on Sunday - and perhaps they will. But the Packers did enough things right in the first half against the Eagles to make me believe they are starting to get things on the right track and just might be able to pull off an upset. The young offensive line took another step forward in not allowing Brett Favre to be sacked (although he did take some hits). With the exception of his second interception, late and down the middle, Favre played well and moved the chains with short passes. He can't be expected to make the pass AND the catch. Donald Driver had an off night and should bounce back. Greg Jennings continues to make plays and is now on pace for 60 receptions for the season. Green Bay's defense came up with four sacks but still needs to apply more consistent pressure on the quarterback. With Ahmad Carroll now departed, perhaps the secondary will finally play an inspired game in front of the hometown fans. Charles Woodson and Al Harris, it's time to step up. It's just a hunch, but I'm thinking the Packers just may surprise the Rams and head into Bye Week on a positive note.

Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 2-2
Sunday's game: Rams 24, Packers 21
Comment: I really have an inkling the Packers can win, but how in the world can they overcome the loss of Ahmad Carroll (just kidding)? The Rams remain a potent offense with Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce at receiver and the NFL's second-leading rusher in Steven Jackson. That balance will be enough to beat the Packers, whose offense will be limited with Ahman Green (not 100 percent) and Robert Ferguson out with an injury.

Jay Royle, Publisher
Packers season prediction record: 2-2
Sunday's game: Rams 34, Packers 21
Comment: My predictions won't change much until I see the defense making plays and getting off the field. Letting Carroll go was the right move, but the jury is still out on his replacement and the offense of the Rams will provide quite a first test.

Bob Fox, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 2-2
Sunday's game: Packers 27, Rams 24
Comment: The Packers need a win going into their bye week. Injuries will limit the Packers some offensively, but they still should get their share of points. The Rams bring a scary passing game that matches up well with the Packer secondary, even with the release of Ahmad Carroll. The defense needs to be more aggressive with blitz packages to help bring pressure on QB Marc Bulger. I know it's a broken record, but turnovers will determine the winner this Sunday at Lambeau.

Laura Veras Marran, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 1-2
Sunday's game: Packers 20, Rams 17
Comment: The Rams have forged a 3-1 record with narrow victories over sub-par teams, so Green Bay has a chance at their first home win. To make it happen, the Ahmad Carroll-less Packer defense has to slow down QB Marc Bulger and his wealth of targets.

Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 2-2
Sunday's game: Rams 27, Packers 17
Comment: If Green Bay's secondary can't handle Reggie Brown and Donte Stallworth, then good luck with Isaac Bruce and Tory Holt.


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