Aaron Rodgers’ peripheral vision won’t help him against the Rams’ most dangerous rusher. They’re coming from directly in front of him.
“It starts with the front. They are very talented and their ability to create penetration. It’s really sets the tone for the defense,” Mike McCarthy said. “It’ll be a big test for us.”
While the Rams are tied with the Packers for second-most sacks in the league (17), they differ in the location from where they tally these sacks. St. Louis likes to work the rush from the inside-out.
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald is a force inside and he sits atop the sack totals for his position group with 3.0. The second year player even impressed Aaron Rodgers as rookie before playing a meaningful game as the Packers scouted to prepare for St. Louis in the preseason last season.
“I think they have some premier pass rushers inside. Most teams have either great guys outside or guys that are going to move the pocket inside. This front four can all get after the passer,” Rodgers said. Defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long along with linebacker Alec Ogletree and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner already have multiple takedowns this year as well for the Rams.
“That’s the kind of defensive line you love to have as a defensive coordinator,” he continued.