Win over Rams puts Pack back over .500Wisconsin Sports
-- The Green Bay Packers are above .500 for the first time this season, after beating the Rams in Saint Louis 30-to-20 yesterday.
ST. LOUIS - The Green Bay Packers are above .500 for the first time this season, after beating the Rams in Saint Louis 30-to-20 yesterday.
Aaron Rodgers completed 30-of-37 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns, as the Packers improved to 4-and-3 and earned their first back-to-back victories of the year. Rodgers had a passer rating of 132-point-two, with the third-highest completion percentage in his career at 81-point-one. The Rams jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a 50-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein midway through the first quarter. The Packers went in front for good with 5:23 left in the opening period, when Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson from three yards out. Saint Louis got to within a touchdown with 8:50 left, when Steven Jackson ran it in from six yards out. But the Pack sealed the victory with 3:06 left on a 39-yard scoring strike to Randall Cobb – the second of his two touchdowns on the day.
Mason Crosby booted three field goals of 48, 47, and 23 yards. Nelson was Green Bay's leading receiver with eight catches for 122 yards. Alex Green ran for 35 yards on 20 carries. Green Bay outgained Saint Louis with 402 total yards to 354. Fullback John Kuhn aggravated a calf injury. Defensive end Mike Neal left in the first half when he hurt his right knee. The Packer defense forced two turnovers on a lost fumble and a Sam Bradford interception to rookie Casey Hayward. Green Bay did not have any giveaways. Bradford threw for 255 yards and a score. Jackson ran for 57 yards, and Chris Givens had three catches for 73 yards as the Rams fell to 3-and-4. They've lost two straight, and the Pack handed Saint Louis its first loss at home. The Packers are back home next Sunday against Jacksonville.
The Packers remain in third place in the NFC North Division, one game behind front-running Minnesota. The Vikings improved to 5-2 after getting by Arizona at home, 21-14. The Chicago Bears will host last-place Detroit tonight. The Bears are in second place at 4-1. The Lions are the only team in the division under .500 at 2-3. Adrian Peterson ran for 153 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's victory. Harrison Smith returned an Arizona interception for a touchdown. And Brian Robison had three of Minnesota's seven sacks. John Skelton threw a scoring pass to Andre Roberts to put the Cardinals within seven with less than two minutes left. But Arizona could not recover the ensuing onside kick -- and that sealed the Vikings' victory.