Packers-Rams: Game snapshot

The Green Bay Packers will host the St. Louis Rams Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field. Here are some facts and figures, team rankings, series history, keys to the game and a prediction of the outcome between the two teams.

St. Louis Rams (3-1) at Green Bay Packers (1-3)

WHEN: Sunday, 1:00 ET


TV: FOX, Kenny Albert, Brian Baldinger

SERIES: 87th regular-season meeting. Rams lead, 44-40-2. The Rams' last victory over the Packers in Green Bay was in 1995, the opening day of the team's first game in St. Louis. Since '95, the Packers have won three of the five regular-season games. Two years ago, the Packers beat the Rams in Green Bay, 45-17.

2006 RANKINGS: Rams: offense 11th (18th rush, 8th pass); defense 18th (22nd rush, 18th pass). Packers: offense 12th (26th rush, 4th pass); defense 31st (16th rush, 31st pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: QB Brett Favre will answer the bell for the Packers for the 226th consecutive game, but he needs improved protection from his beleaguered line as he deals with a pinched nerve in his neck and a mild concussion. RB Ahman Green's status is still in doubt and while backup Vernand Morency showed flashes Monday, he also fumbled and tipped a Favre pass that was intercepted. The key for the Packers is keeping the game close. Favre ran an efficient offense Monday until Green Bay fell behind and Favre got in trouble while trying to force balls downfield. The Rams have been capitalizing on those types of mistakes all season, compiling a plus-10 turnover ratio. QB Marc Bulger has yet to throw an interception and is improving every week in the Rams' new scheme. The Packers have major issues in the secondary, especially in nickel and dime packages.

FAST FACTS: Rams: Bulger has gone 22 quarters and 186 pass attempts since his last interception. ... All four games have been decided by eight points or less. Packers: Are 2-5 in their past seven home games. ... Favre is 16-6 (.727) at home in October since 1992. ... Green needs two rushing touchdowns to become third player in franchise history to reach 50.

PREDICTION: Rams 27-24

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