Green Bay keeps their playoff hopes alive for another week as BCCS cashes in on 2 money line parlays.
Packers help cash in 2 money line parlays just like the great Jon Cole always knew was going to happen. The Rams came into Lambeau Field looking to play spoiler in Baker Mayfield’s first official start as Los Angeles’ quarterback. And for at least a half, it looked like they might, even though Mayfield struggled to move the ball early on. After his own sluggish start in the red zone, Aaron Rodgers found a groove leaning on the Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon backfield combo. The Packers cruised on to a 24-12 prime-time victory, staying alive in the NFC wild-card race in the process.
Matt LaFleur’s offense wasn’t necessarily fully back on track in front of the home crowd. Rodgers threw an ugly deep-ball pick to Taylor Rapp, and Jones lost a fumble in the second half that could’ve rejuvenated the Rams’ chances. Rodgers did showcase some signature zip while feeding rookie receivers Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs down the stretch. And both Jones and Dillon found success close to the end zone, combining for more than 120 rushing yards and three total scores in the win.
Matt LaFleur’s side of the ball finally found some balance. In truth, his unit has quietly been on an upward trajectory for weeks. But after a rough start that included Aaron Rodgers’ pick and a third-and-goal sack that required them to settle for three, they found a rhythm. Dillon was the bruiser, excelling especially in the red zone, while Jones had several open-space gallops to extend drives and, ultimately, seal the deal with a late-third-quarter TD catch. Rodgers, meanwhile, fired a lot of over the middle strikes in cold weather to keep the Rams on their toes. The defense stepped up when it needed to, limiting the Rams to 13 first downs and 3.6 yards per play, and intercepting Mayfield late to seal the deal on the victory.
The battered and bruised offense of the Rams failed to deliver once more. Baker Mayfield showed fight working with a makeshift supporting cast, but the accuracy and deep-ball touch that underscored his heroic Rams debut was mostly missing this time out, as he flirted with a couple pick-sixes and ended up completing only half his throws. It didn’t help that no one got separation out wide, with Cam Akers headlining the pass catchers deep into the fourth. The vaunted defense, meanwhile, fell victim to a handful of big plays despite a strong early showing. Still missing Aaron Donald, the front got to Rodgers a few times but allowed big lanes for Aaron Jones and couldn’t prevent quick strikes to Doubs and Watson in the second half.
The Packers (6-8) will travel to Miami for a Christmas Day showdown with the Dolphins (8-6), who fell to the Bills in Week 15 and have their own playoff-related reasons to show up. The Rams (4-10), meanwhile, are now eliminated from playoff contention officially. They will also play on Christmas, hosting the Broncos (4-10), who beat the Cardinals Sunday and are set to have Russell Wilson back under center.