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Pitting one of the NFL’s top cover corners in the Rams’ Jalen Ramsey against arguably the NFL’s best wide receiver in the Packers’ Davante Adams (above) sounds like a fascinating, get-your-popcorn-ready kind of matchup. And it would be — if it were actually going to happen on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

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The Packers entered last Sunday’s loss to Minnesota ranked third in the NFL in both fewest yards per game allowed and fewest points allowed. They exited that 34-31 loss seventh in yards (318.8 per game) and fifth in scoring (19.5 points per game).

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Amos and the rest of the Packers' defensive players are well-acquainted with Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (above), with Stafford having spent his first 12 NFL seasons with NFC North rival Detroit. Amos has faced Stafford seven times, having played for the Chicago Bears before joining the Packers as a free agent in 2019.

The Packers entered the Week 11 games ranked 20th in the 32-team NFL in total offense (339.4 yards per game), 19th in passing (230.1 yards per game), 12th in third-down efficiency (40.5% conversion rate), 25th in red-zone efficiency (53.9% touchdown rate) and 19th in scoring (21.6 points per game). While there are a bevy of reasons for those numbers — all of which are way down from last season, when the Packers led the league in scoring and were among the best teams in NFL history in the red zone — first-team All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams’ limited involvement of late hasn’t helped.

Matt LaFleur may not go as in-depth into scouting draft prospects as Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst obviously does, but the third-year head coach did have his eye on one guy during the 2020 NFL Draft that he thought would supercharge his offense: LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson (above).

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For years, the most obvious, glaring weakness in the Packers defense — no matter who the coordinator was, no matter what style of scheme they ran — was at inside linebacker. Suddenly, it’s become perhaps the strongest position on that side of the ball with veteran De’Vondre Campbell, the NFC’s October defensive player of the month, and second-year man Krys Barnes (above), who had a team-high nine tackles — including one of the best goal-line stops you’ll see — last week against the Chiefs.

Aaron Jones (above) was candid about what the Packers offense, without Rodgers and with Love under center, will need from him and fellow running back AJ Dillon: More.

The Packers offense has survived despite playing all or parts of the first eight games without their top wide receiver (Adams), their franchise left tackle (David Bakhtiari), their best downfield passing threat (Marquez Valdes-Scantling), their second-best offensive lineman (left guard-turned-left tackle Elgton Jenkins) and do-the-dirty-work receiver (Allen Lazard).

There aren’t many things NFL players universally agree on. But their disdain for playing on Thursday Night Football has to be close to unanimous — even though they all like the bonus weekend off that comes with it.

Before Sunday’s win over Washington, Packers tight end Robert Tonyan (above) had just 11 receptions for 92 yards on the season. After his four catches for 63 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown, Tonyan — a year removed from catching 11 touchdown passes and being one of the NFC’s biggest Pro Bowl snubs — appears to be back after having limited opportunities earlier in the year.

From defenses hell-bent on preventing Davante Adams from beating them (even though he still has been able to, to varying degrees in the first six games) to the absence of downfield threat Marquez Valdes-Scantling (who will miss his fourth straight game against Washington because of a hamstring injury sustained at San Francisco in Week 3) to a handful of deep balls that quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t put where he wanted to (including a pair of early season bombs to MVS that went awry), the Packers offense wants to get its downfield passing game to be more productive.

The Packers’ dynamic duo of Aaron Jones (above left) and AJ Dillon (above right) is delivering exactly what the personnel staff envisioned when Dillon was selected in the second round of last year’s draft and what the coaching staff pictured after locker-room favorite Jamaal Williams moved on to the Detroit Lions in free agency. And while Rodgers might drive the offense, the Jones-Dillon pairing has been the engine, especially during the past several games.

While Packers coach Matt LaFleur didn’t especially enjoy questions about how his offense has struggled in the red zone in the first five games this season compared to last year — the unit has gone from a league-best 80% touchdown rate to 55% so far this season — those questions could easily have been focused on the defense’s problems in the same area of the field.

No one would be happier to see Pro Bowl left guard-turned-left tackle Elgton Jenkins back in action after missing the last three games than tight end Robert Tonyan (above), whose route-running opportunities have been impacted by needing to stay in and provide extra pass protection by chipping edge rushers to help out the offensive line before going out to catch passes.

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