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The Los Angeles Rams host the Green Bay Packers this week in a NFC showdown. Add to the storyline that QBs Aaron Rodgers and Jared Goff both went to Cal and this game continues to have interesting angles. While Rodgers is a very talented player (some would argue the most talented QB in the game now) Cory Littleton Color Rush Jersey , there are a multitude of players who could cause trouble for the Rams they go for 8-0. The Rams will have their hands full as the Packers had an extra week to prepare. QB Aaron RodgersThe Packers go as Aaron Rodgers goes. Nursing a knee tweak from his game against the Chicago Bears, Rodgers is continuing to get healthy as he enters the contest. For the season, Rodgers isn’t posting gaudy stats as we’re accustomed to but make no mistake, he’s still very elite. For the season, Rodgers has completed 61.4% of his passes for 1,997 yards with 12 TD, 1 INT, and a QBR of 52.9. LB Blake MartinezGuess who has been the best linebacker for the Packers this season? It’s been Martinez and not Clay Matthews. Martinez leads the Packers with 51 combined tackles while also contributing in the pass rush with three sacks. Martinez entered the bye week as the #8 linebacker according to PFF and he’ll have the responsibility of trying to slow down Todd Gurley.RB Aaron JonesPerhaps the biggest mystery of the Packers offense is how little the team is using RB Aaron Jones. Coming off a suspension, Jones continues to lead the backfield in terms of yards per carry. Jones is averaging 5.9 ypc and hopes to get more involved in the gameplan. Perhaps with the bye week, the staff may look to get the talented back more involved.(For the sake of fantasy owners everywhere, #FreeAaronJones)S Ha Ha Clinton-DixClinton-Dix paces the Packers defense. Considered the best player on that side of the ball according to PFF, Clinton-Dix has 23 combined tackles while also contributing with three interceptions, one forced fumble , and one sack. Clinton-Dix will have a challenge in covering Rams WRs Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods as Cooper Kupp is expected to miss the contest. Look for the Rams to perhaps avoid Clinton-Dix in the contest.WR Davante AdamsIf there’s a receiver that Rodgers trusts, it’s Adams who leads the Packers in most receiving metrics. With 71 targets so far in the season, Adams has caught 47 receptions for 557 yards and six touchdowns. The Rams secondary will do their best to contain the Adams-Rodgers connection. Aaron Rodgers is a major figure in Jared Goff’s earliest football memories.While Goff was a little kid growing up in Marin County, his father took him to games at Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium, where he watched Rodgers’ collegiate brilliance for California.That kid also got one of his first lessons in professional sports heartbreak when his favorite NFL team 鈥?the San Francisco 49ers 鈥?used the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft on Alex Smith instead of Rodgers.“Yeah, 10-year-old Jared was very upset when he found out they didn’t take Aaron,” Goff said.Once he grew up and filled out, Goff followed Rodgers’ path to Berkeley. And 3陆 years after Goff became the No. 1 pick that Rodgers never was, they’ll face each other for the first time when Goff’s unbeaten Los Angeles Rams (7-0) host Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers (3-2-1) on Sunday.A significant NFC showdown between the NFL’s last unbeaten team and a perennial power is also a meeting of a rising quarterback star and one of his heroes, still in his prime. Both Golden Bears are excited by the opportunity.“I’ve followed his whole career,” Goff said. “Big fan of his. There are times where we’re watching him play against the defense (the Rams are supposed to be scouting), and you get stuck on watching him. He’s a great player. I’ve got a lot of respect for him, and it’ll be fun to get a chance to go against him.”The feeling is mutual for the 34-year-old Rodgers as he leads the Packers back to the venerable Coliseum Troy Hill Color Rush Jersey , where their storied franchise won the first Super Bowl in 1967.“I’ve gotten to know Jared a little bit over the last couple years, and being a Cal guy, obviously I’m pulling for him,” Rodgers said.“And he’s played really well. They’ve put a lot on his plate with (checkdowns) and stuff at the line of scrimmage, and he does a good job with that. He’s an accurate passer. He’s making good throws. He’s got some weapons to throw to, but he’s been extremely accurate and efficient with the ball. That’s what you need with the quarterback.”Rodgers already has his own Coliseum memories: He tied an NCAA record by completing his first 23 passes for Cal against USC in their famous meeting in 2004, but the Trojans hung on for a 23-17 victory.More things to watch in the Packers’ first appearance at the Coliseum since before the NFL left LA in 1994:LONG ODDSThe Packers are coming off their bye week, but they opened as 8陆-point underdogs for this matchup against the powerhouse Rams, who are 18-5 in the regular season since coach Sean McVay took over.That’s the biggest betting disadvantage of Rodgers’ career as Green Bay’s starter, but nobody doubts Rodgers’ ability to overcome it 鈥?including the Rams.“He’s got the ball placement, he’s got the arm, he’s got the competitive (attitude), he’s got the heart Robert Woods Jersey ,” said Rams cornerback Marcus Peters, who also grew up in the Bay Area watching Rodgers at Cal. “Every time (Rodgers is) on that field for the Packers, they’ve got a good chance to win it.”START ME UPThe Rams are off to their first 7-0 start since 1985. The franchise hasn’t started 8-0 since 1969, when NFL MVP Roman Gabriel led Los Angeles to an 11-0 start followed by four straight losses.CLAY’S HOMECOMINGPackers linebacker Clay Matthews grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs, and he walked on at USC before becoming a star and a first-round NFL pick in 2009. He is playing at the venerable Coliseum for the first time since college.So is Nick Perry, who played at USC from 2009-11. “It’ll be cool to go back out there, obviously,” Matthews said. “It will be different being in the opposing locker room.”GURLEY’S GAMEGoff aside, Green Bay’s defense must figure out how to slow running back Todd Gurley, who is putting up even more impressive numbers than he managed as the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2017. Gurley leads the league with 88 points, 686 yards rushing, 144 carries and 956 yards from scrimmage. The Packers’ run defense is ranked 22nd in the league, giving up a hefty 4.5 yards per carry.SHIELDS SIGHTINGCornerback Sam Shields made the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2010 Andrew Whitworth Color Rush Jersey , and he was a steady defensive contributor until he incurred his fourth concussion in the 2016 season opener.After nearly two years out of football, he joined the Rams this season . Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams says he consulted with Shields regularly about his health during his absence.“At one point I was on the bandwagon with him, like, ‘Man, you need to call it quits,'” Williams said. “And on the other side, after he had some time off, his mind is cleared and he’s back mentally ready to go.”