Green Bay Packers Above .500 with 30-20 Win Over St. Louis Rams: Fan’s Quick Reaction

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The Green Bay Packers handed the St. Louis Rams their first home loss of the 2012-13 NFL season on October 21, 2012. The Packers won 30-20. After falling behind 3-0 in the first quarter, the Packers scored 20 of the game's next 23 points. Aaron Rodgers had his fourth consecutive game with at least three touchdown passes.

What can fans take from this win? Here are some observations from that contest.

Aaron Rodgers: Three More Touchdown Passes

Aaron Rodgers played a near-flawless game. Rodgers completed 30-of-37 passes for 342 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. One of those incompletions was a spiked ball. Alex Green dropped another one.

In the past two weeks, Rodgers has a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 9-0. Simply put, phenomenal.

Randall Cobb: A Nice Weapon

What can't Randall Cobb do? Wide receiver, running back, punt returner, kickoff returner, could play quarterback in a wildcat…

Cobb was targeted eight times. He caught eight passes for 89 yards with two touchdowns. He had a 19-yard run. On the Packers' final touchdown drive, Cobb had three big plays. Cobb looked like he was still playing with the Kentucky Wildcats. The Rams' defense had no answer for him.

Defense: Casey Hayward, Davon House Make Some Nice Plays

Casey Hayward had an interception in the second half. He wasn't perfect, but he played well in his first start. In a 10-3 game, Davon House had a key pass deflection on a fourth down. After all the injuries, it was good to see him contribute.

The run-defense played well when one considers the injuries to B.J. Raji and their inside linebackers. Erik Walden has earned the outside linebacker job. Clay Matthews had another sack. There were other plays where he pressured Sam Bradford.

There have been a lot of horrible defenses in 2012. The Packers haven't played that poorly. For the most part, they've played quite well. Barring injuries, they should continue to improve as the season progresses.

Alex Green: 20 Carries, 35 Yards

Alex Green appears like he's effective in open space. That's evidenced with his use on dump-off passes. Between the tackles? Not as much. How much of that is because of the run-blocking? It definitely had an impact. Cedric Benson didn't have the most-impressive numbers.

If the Packers play January games at Lambeau Field, then I'm concerned with the running game. Of course, that's more than two months away.

Summary

The personal foul on Dezman Moses was a bad decision. Moses has to know the situation. No need to take that risk. Jermichael Finley didn't drop anything. That was nice. T.J. Lang and Marshall Newhouse had some difficulty in the first half. The Packers appeared to correct that in the second half. In terms of clutch kicking, I have zero confidence in Mason Crosby.

I don't think anybody played particularly awful. It was a good win against a team that had a 3-0 home record. The Packers are finding their groove. One final note, Jordy Nelson had eight receptions for 122 yards with one touchdown.

Grades

Run Offense: D

Pass Offense: A+

Run Defense: B

Pass Defense: A

Special Teams: B+

Studs

Entire Coaching Staff

Randall Cobb

Casey Hayward

Davon House

John Kuhn

Tim Masthay

Clay Matthews

Jordy Nelson

Aaron Rodgers

Erik Walden

Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.

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