By David McDonnel
The Superbowl Champion Rams have run their season race and all the preseason excitement of running it back ended with a whimper as they never looked like earning a victory in Lambeau Field.
The first half was relatively even but AJ Dillon was mad for road and after carrying well early in the game, he got his reward when he ran over a Rams defender like a Sherman Tank and into the end zone for the first touchdown.
With four points separating the sides at the break, Dillon carried into the end zone at the start of the second half to extend the Packers lead.
Aaron Jones add another touchdown soon after and Green Bay went into a 18-point lead that they never looked like relinquishing.
Although the Rams threatened a comeback when Baker Mayfield found Tyler Higbee in the endzone, that was as close as they got.
It has been a poor title defence by the Rams and they are a team in need of a refurb but with very few draft picks to make a tangible difference in April. This team, down three of their stars, are a shadow of the team that won last year.
Sean McVay also needs to improve his rushing options as their run attack has been very poor this season and it is easier to defend the pass when you know it’s going to be a passing play and it also negates play-action options.
This has been an issue all season which was largely covered up by Cooper Kupp until he got injured.
The Packers defence played well and sacked Mayfield five times, while keeping him to 111 passing yards. The win moves Green Bay to 6-8 and within touching distance of the play-offs considering they still have the Lions on the schedule in Week 18.