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The biggest mismatch possible to play out in Lambeau

AL Harris vs. Sea AP

It’s not hard to make the case that the Rams are the worst team in football.

Not only are they winless, they haven’t been competitive in a league where nearly every game is competitive. The weakest spot on perhaps the weakest team in the league is in the secondary.

Starting cornerback Ronald Bartell and nickel back Jerome Murphy are long gone. Their best corner Bradley Fletcher tore his ACL during the bye week.

Coming out of the bye, the Rams will roll out struggling youngster Justin King as a starter. The other logical starter is 36-year-old former Packer Al Harris, who was never supposed to play so much. Next up is journeyman Rod Hood, signed two weeks ago.

This is probably the worst group in the league, and their first assignment together is to go to Lambeau Field and face the best passing attack in football.

“I spent eight years there,” Harris told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Had a great time. A lot of snaps. But today is today, and we’ve got to prepare like that.”

Anything can happen in the NFL, but you couldn’t possibly create a bigger mismatch than Sunday’s showdown in Lambeau Field when Aaron Rodgers is on the field.  Perhaps he’ll have mercy on his old teammate.

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  1. silvernblackpa says: Oct 12, 2011 9:21 AM

    Harris’s only hope is that the Rams somehow force OT and he tricks Aaron Rodgers into saying “We want the ball and we’re gonna score” after the coin toss.

  2. jessieboom says: Oct 12, 2011 9:23 AM

    Well now that you said it, it’ll be a close one.

  3. mypackersownyourteam says: Oct 12, 2011 9:26 AM

    And the spread is only 15. Get your bets in before this line moves! 15? Seriously? The Packers might win by 100

  4. sportingzoo says: Oct 12, 2011 9:27 AM

    Aaron Rodgers will be too busy doing a Discount Double Check to have mercy on him!

  5. revelationary says: Oct 12, 2011 9:27 AM

    Ugh, this is exactly the type of game the Packers struggled to win last year. Washington. Detroit. Miami.

    On paper, there’s no way this game should be closer than 14 points, but I can easily see the Packers playing “down” to their competition and making this much closer than it should be.

  6. meegs34 says: Oct 12, 2011 9:27 AM

    Any given Sunday.

  7. tombradysponytail says: Oct 12, 2011 9:30 AM

    trap game?

  8. tjp2033 says: Oct 12, 2011 9:30 AM

    The Eagles can trade them Asante Samuel if they need a CB. Send us over some LBs. Say Laurinitis and Leber. Christ anyone is better than their LBs.

  9. tb12eatitbitches says: Oct 12, 2011 9:31 AM

    When the hell did Aaron Rogers become GOD? Can’t wait for someone to knock that smirk off his face and beat him with that pretend belt he plays with.

  10. minnesconsin says: Oct 12, 2011 9:32 AM

    I hope the Pack wins 56-7, with the Rams’ 7 coming on an epic pick-6 from Al Harris. nothing but fond memories of big Al — including feezing my tail off at that playoff game against Seattle. I’ve never felt a crowd erupt like they did on that play.

  11. nitschke66 says: Oct 12, 2011 9:33 AM

    Crisp Silver, made me laugh!

  12. docboss says: Oct 12, 2011 9:33 AM

    Bring on the three tight end sets. Jackson touches the ball 40 times. Packers 45, Rams 9. Rams plan: Just don’t let the offensive line kill Bradford. The Packers great fear is to lose a key player in a throwaway game.

  13. itsmammoth says: Oct 12, 2011 9:35 AM

    Rams by 10

  14. kingpauly says: Oct 12, 2011 9:35 AM

    The only highlight for the Rams will be when the Pack faithful give him a well deserved STANDING OVATION !! Thanks Al for your outstanding plays over the years !

  15. scoops1 says: Oct 12, 2011 9:41 AM

    even as a Packers I have to quote Al Bundy…

    “if you lose to the Rams you get thrown out of the league”

  16. dukemarc says: Oct 12, 2011 9:42 AM

    tb12eatitbitches says: Oct 12, 2011 9:31 AM

    When the hell did Aaron Rogers become GOD? Can’t wait for someone to knock that smirk off his face and beat him with that pretend belt he plays with.
    —————————————

    You mad? No one is saying he’s a GOD but for the last 11 games he’s been the best QB on the planet.

  17. urlacher2000 says: Oct 12, 2011 9:45 AM

    The Rams are bad right now. The crazy thing is they can turn it around (like Detroit has) in a heartbeat. They have a ton of talent spread around on that team & a few big holes. Fill those holes, upgrade some spots, get everyone some playing time together and next thing you know they are on top of the Division (in 1 – 3 years).

  18. glac1 says: Oct 12, 2011 9:47 AM

    This is the NFL…. you better be ready to play. The Packers have a tendency to play down to their competition (2010-Miami, Washington) so I hope they come out strong. A fast start and lead would zap any energy the Rams might have and make it a much easier afternoon.

  19. gregjennings85 says: Oct 12, 2011 9:49 AM

    Al Harris is the man.
    _________________________________

    tb12eatitbitches:

    “When the hell did Aaron Rogers become GOD? Can’t wait for someone to knock that smirk off his face and beat him with that pretend belt he plays with.”

    _________________________________

    A little ironic, don’t you think, that the guy with the “Tom Brady 12 Eat It Bitches” moniker is ranting about QBs being overhyped? Brady won 2 superbowls behind a top-notch, albeit cheating, defense, and only started showing anything offensively when Wes Welker arrived to catch 1 yard passes and notch 200 yards of YAC per game.

    I have not seen a better offensive line this year. Brady constantly has a perfect pocket to step into, and deliver, passes from. Rodgers? He loses OTs and keeps ducking and diving free to unload the ball.

    Open your eyes, you Beantown homer.

  20. mypackersownyourteam says: Oct 12, 2011 9:53 AM

    “When the hell did Aaron Rogers become GOD? Can’t wait for someone to knock that smirk off his face and beat him with that pretend belt he plays with.”

    ___________________________________

    (smirking, Aaron Rodgers style) Its kinda what happens when you’re the best football player in the world. Just comes with the territory. Reigning Super Bowl MVP and leader of a team thats won 11 straight games that count. Thats when it happened.

  21. expatpatfan says: Oct 12, 2011 9:54 AM

    The line opened at 14, all the public money went on the Packers (no surprise), and it only moved to 14.5. Something looks a little fishy here.

  22. duanethomas says: Oct 12, 2011 9:56 AM

    Taking the Rams and the points.

  23. traw77 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:07 AM

    Mismatch may be an understatement…

  24. We'reFineThere says: Oct 12, 2011 10:14 AM

    Justin King could be their best receiver too, yikes.

  25. scudbot says: Oct 12, 2011 10:23 AM

    tb12eatitbitches, I grasp that you’re in pain with whatever derelict team you support. I’ll go you double or nothing.

  26. packattack1967 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:24 AM

    two words: Matt Flynn

  27. Nevis says: Oct 12, 2011 10:35 AM

    Rams by 45 points.

  28. dvdman123 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:36 AM

    Actually the Rams are facing the 3rd best passing attack in the league this Sunday. The Patriots and Saints are better. They get to face the Saints in a few weeks…..poor Rams.

  29. bordner says: Oct 12, 2011 10:36 AM

    I think this game will be a true test for the Packers. I agree with other commenters – they’re always good for one or two stinkers each year, where they should have dominated the competition, yet barely hung on to win or actually even lost.

    This game will show us how motivated and focused they truly are this year, or if they can be guilty of thinking that they can win games just by showing up.

    My worst fear: the Pack loses on a last-second field goal.

    My prediction: Packers 56 – Rams 3.

  30. 319hike says: Oct 12, 2011 10:36 AM

    In 1997 the 8-2 Packers took on the 0-11 Colts in a game that was the biggest mismatch possible.

    I agree with meegs34 – “Any given Sunday.”

  31. axespray says: Oct 12, 2011 10:40 AM

    tb12eatitbitches says:Oct 12, 2011 9:31 AM
    “When the hell did Aaron Rogers become GOD? Can’t wait for someone to knock that smirk off his face and beat him with that pretend belt he plays with.”

    someone needs a hug… or a nap.

  32. scudbot says: Oct 12, 2011 10:46 AM

    Can’t be there. Somebody please tell McDaniels that I hate him.

  33. waggs12 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:51 AM

    gregjennings85

    “A little ironic, don’t you think, that the guy with the “Tom Brady 12 Eat It Bitches” moniker is ranting about QBs being overhyped?”
    ______________________________
    How do you know it’s Tom Brady? Maybe tb12 stands for Terry Bradshaw? He wore #12 as well. Another Packer fan jumping to conclusions. I hope the Paqueers go undefeated and then lose their first playoff game. Nothing in this world is tastier than the tears of Paqueer fans. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go fill an order of HGH for Clay Matthews.

  34. schmitty2 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:58 AM

    The Rams are notorius for playing decent in the first half and stinking it up in the 2nd. The only chance they have to keep it even remotely close is to control the clock and pray they can keep the Pack WR’s in check

  35. mypackersownyourteam says: Oct 12, 2011 10:59 AM

    waggs12,

    Jealousy and envy are ugly traits. Dynasty in the making going on over here in case you didnt notice. We need to replace the members of Packer Nation who sold out their allegiance to the team for one, Brett Lorenzo Favre. As a result, there are plenty of open fan spots available. Shouldn’t be too difficult to sell out your Bears or Vikings. They’re awful.

  36. scudbot says: Oct 12, 2011 11:00 AM

    “I’m going to go fill an order of HGH for Clay Matthews.” Right, because Cushing and Matthews were on the same team. Cushing failed a test. Matthews hasn’t. And so you thereby deduce that CMIII does HGH. Well done.

  37. dukemarc says: Oct 12, 2011 11:04 AM

    “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go fill an order of HGH for Clay Matthews.”
    ————————————–
    I call BS, you’re probably filling some dude’s Meth “prescription”.

  38. jerruhjones21 says: Oct 12, 2011 11:09 AM

    tb12eatitbitches says:Oct 12, 2011 9:31 AM

    When the hell did Aaron Rogers become GOD?
    ———————————-

    AR is playing some pretty impressive football after winning the SB and the being the MVP…

    God no but one of the best in the NFL – without question…

    Now go get your shinebox…

  39. rodgerthat says: Oct 12, 2011 11:15 AM

    dukemarc says:
    Oct 12, 2011 9:42 AM
    tb12eatitbitches says: Oct 12, 2011 9:31 AM

    When the hell did Aaron Rogers become GOD? Can’t wait for someone to knock that smirk off his face and beat him with that pretend belt he plays with.
    —————————————
    If GOD stands for best QB in football at this time, then he became that about 11 games ago including last years playoffs as well as MVP of the Superbowl…. Next question?

  40. my84cj7 says: Oct 12, 2011 11:19 AM

    gregjennings85

    “A little ironic, don’t you think, that the guy with the “Tom Brady 12 Eat It Bitches” moniker is ranting about QBs being overhyped?”
    ______________________________
    How do you know it’s Tom Brady? Maybe tb12 stands for Terry Bradshaw? He wore #12 as well. Another Packer fan jumping to conclusions. I hope the Paqueers go undefeated and then lose their first playoff game. Nothing in this world is tastier than the tears of Paqueer fans. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go fill an order of HGH for Clay Matthews.

    Be honest, your off to buy a box of chocolates for you and your boyfriend to share during the Vikings game.

  41. gbpbacker84 says: Oct 12, 2011 11:20 AM

    The Pats and Saints may pass for more yards, barely. However, there really is no doubt that once Rodgers catches fire the Pack have the most unstoppable passing game in football. When is the last time Rodgers threw 4 picks like Brady? Oh yeah that would be never. There is no more finely tuned machine in the league than Green Bay’s passing game and if you want to think that a few more yards changes that then go ahead and keep on telling yourselves that New Orleans and New England’s passing games are better. We’ll play those guys anytime, anywhere and show them what’s really goin on. GO PACK!

  42. packfaninchitown says: Oct 12, 2011 11:23 AM

    tb12eatitbitches says:

    When the hell did Aaron Rogers become GOD? Can’t wait for someone to knock that smirk off his face and beat him with that pretend belt he plays with.
    ________________________________
    He’s not God…he’s just better than any QB in the league right now and plays like it.

    Talent of that magnitude makes fans of teams that do not have that level of talent jealous so your reaction is only natural…

  43. bosfaninva says: Oct 12, 2011 11:47 AM

    Backdoor cover!

  44. ramrene says: Oct 12, 2011 11:48 AM

    >“When the hell did Aaron Rogers become GOD? Can’t wait for someone to knock that smirk off his face and beat him with that pretend belt he plays with.”

    Signed… Brett Favre

  45. joecb91 says: Oct 12, 2011 11:49 AM

    Jeez, Rodgers is going to throw for 500 yards in the first half. Hell, JaMarcus could throw for 300 against the Rams if he is playing for the Packers right now.

  46. rajuncajun28 says: Oct 12, 2011 12:19 PM

    Fudge Packers – when will you realize no one cares about your team other than the few people that live in most boring, bland city in America – GBWI? Teams like the Pats, Cowboys, Saints – all have fans throughout the US – please get over yourself and get back to your ice fishing, bear hunting and cheese eating or whatever you no culture, no character people do in Canada or wherever green bay is….

  47. scudbot says: Oct 12, 2011 12:22 PM

    “Actually the Rams are facing the 3rd best passing attack in the league…”

    Total yards isn’t a measure of success. Ask Cam newton.

  48. jjackwagon says: Oct 12, 2011 12:32 PM

    “where nearly every game is competitive.” I guess I need your definition of “nearly” Were the Chiefs first two games competitive? What about Bucs/49ers or Cards/Vikings last week.

  49. beardown4me says: Oct 12, 2011 12:37 PM

    It’s going to be a one legged kicking contest with Aaron arm kicking the Rams ass singlehandedly!

  50. keeponhating says: Oct 12, 2011 12:45 PM

    @waggs if he is talking about fairy bradshaw and not tom brady he’s a fan of an even more overrated QB.

  51. chas88 says: Oct 12, 2011 12:48 PM

    “When is the last time Rodgers threw 4 picks like Brady? Oh yeah that would be never.”

    Brady’s been in the league far longer than Rodgers. Simmer down. With more seasons, it’s entirely possible for any QB, even the greatest of ones, to have an off-game.

  52. scudbot says: Oct 12, 2011 12:58 PM

    rajuncajun28, if you’re going to troll you’ll have to do much mo bettah den dat.

  53. scudbot says: Oct 12, 2011 1:00 PM

    Steven Jackson is expected to be at full strength. Should be a test for the run D.

  54. rodgerthat says: Oct 12, 2011 1:00 PM

    rajuncajun28 says:
    Oct 12, 2011 12:19 PM
    Fudge Packers – when will you realize no one cares about your team other than the few people that live in most boring, bland city in America – GBWI? Teams like the Pats, Cowboys, Saints – all have fans throughout the US – please get over yourself and get back to your ice fishing, bear hunting and cheese eating or whatever you no culture, no character people do in Canada or wherever green bay is….
    ——————————–
    You obviously lost your textbooks in Katrina, but no worries they should get to your hood soon.

  55. apm says: Oct 12, 2011 1:02 PM

    To be fair, that 1997 Packers/Colts game was in the Hoosier/RCA Dome, back when Favre was almost predictably brutal in dome game.

    I predict a smaller margin of victory than what the Badgers will hang on Indiana 24 hours earlier.

  56. ramsfan1818 says: Oct 12, 2011 1:19 PM

    I wish Spags would sit Bradford for this game so he doesn’t get killed. At least I’m not a fair weather fan. I’ve stuck with them through thick and thin and this Sunday is going to be a looooong day. A game without an injury would be a victory for the Rams.

    Go Rams!

  57. pappysarcasm says: Oct 12, 2011 1:21 PM

    looks like waggs and rajuncajun needs hugs too, and maybe a dipie change. Top 5 QB’s by rating per NFL.com;

    1 Aaron Rodgers GB QB 129 180 71.7 36.0 1,721 9.6 344.2 14 2 72 40.0 84T 19 6 11 122.9
    2 Tom Brady NE QB 133 196 67.9 39.2 1,874 9.6 374.8 14 6 90 45.9 99T 30 3 8 109.5
    3 Alex Smith SF QB 83 126 65.9 25.2 965 7.7 193.0 7 1 43 34.1 44 16 1 14 104.1
    4 Drew Brees NO QB 152 219 69.4 43.8 1,769 8.1 353.8 12 5 91 41.6 79T 20 3 11 102.3
    4 Eli Manning NYG QB 104 164 63.4 32.8 1,486 9.1 297.2 11 5 58 35.4 74T 23 6 14 102.3

    Magosh! Brees in no better than ELI!

  58. dvdman123 says: Oct 12, 2011 2:44 PM

    pappysarcasm says:
    Oct 12, 2011 1:21 PM

    looks like waggs and rajuncajun needs hugs too, and maybe a dipie change. Top 5 QB’s by rating per NFL.com;

    1 Aaron Rodgers GB QB 129 180 71.7 36.0 1,721 9.6 344.2 14 2 72 40.0 84T 19 6 11 122.9
    2 Tom Brady NE QB 133 196 67.9 39.2 1,874 9.6 374.8 14 6 90 45.9 99T 30 3 8 109.5
    3 Alex Smith SF QB 83 126 65.9 25.2 965 7.7 193.0 7 1 43 34.1 44 16 1 14 104.1
    4 Drew Brees NO QB 152 219 69.4 43.8 1,769 8.1 353.8 12 5 91 41.6 79T 20 3 11 102.3
    4 Eli Manning NYG QB 104 164 63.4 32.8 1,486 9.1 297.2 11 5 58 35.4 74T 23 6 14 102.3

    Magosh! Brees in no better than ELI!

    I would still take Brees over ANY QB in the league right now. He has the better “intangibles” to the other so called “Elite” QBs like Rodgers and Brady.

  59. gbpbacker84 says: Oct 12, 2011 4:41 PM

    Not questioning Brady’s greatness, just pointing out the fact that while the Pats may have more passing yards than the Packers they are also more susceptible to mistakes in the passing game than are the Packers thus making the Packers passing attack the best in the NFL.

  60. thegbpfan says: Oct 14, 2011 6:42 PM

    @dvdman123 –

    I think Drew Brees is a great QB, but his better “intangibles” did not help the Saints get the W on opening day.

    Advantage – Aaron Rodgers ☺

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