Former Super Bowl Winner Shannon Sharpe Gives His Prediction for Green Bay Packers vs Los Angeles Rams

Published 01/15/2021, 2:00 PM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (83) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers take on the Los Angeles Rams in their Divisional Round playoff game. The Rams pulled off a victory over Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in the wildcard round in order to advance. As for the Packers, they got a bye to the Divisional Round by having the best record in the entire NFC with 13-3.


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Former Super Bowl winner Shannon Sharpe previewed the game on Undisputed. He believes that the Packers are coming into the game in great form.

While they didn’t have a significant challenge during the season, he noted that Rodgers and the Packers made short work of the Chicago Bulls- a tough divisional opponent for them.


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“This team is coming into the Playoffs, I like the way they’re playing. They’re the hardest team in the NFC. Some of the competition that Aaron Rodgers has played against hasn’t been the best.

“But against Chicago, that is a division team, he did a number on them. He had a by-week to get up. He said he’s felt the best he’s felt at any point in his career in any given season.”

Shannon did not share the same optimism with the Los Angeles Rams. He believes that the Rams have had a challenging road up until this point in the Playoffs.

Although the team is well-rounded and strong at all parts of the field, he doesn’t have confidence in star quarterback Jared Goff, and his ability to distribute the ball.

He said, “When I look at the Rams, I trust everything about them except the guy that’s going to have the ball in his hands and that’s Jared Goff.

“He’s a turnover & accident waiting to happen. And he’s playing with a fractured thumb and in the cold weather.” 

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He noted that the Packers defensive should be well equipped to handle what the Rams would throw at them. Therefore, he questioned how healthy Aaron Donald will be coming into the game.

He shared his similar experience with the injury he suffered in his career. Eventually, Sharpe noted that he thinks the Packers will win comfortably.

“I believe the Packers defense, although not great, can coax a few turnovers out of him. Be it fumbles, or interceptions. Aaron Donald said he feels great. I had that injury, where I tore my rib cartilage.”


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Dec 6, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis (89) rushes with the football after catching a pass as Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker T.J. Edwards (57) chases from behind during the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

He added,  “I don’t know if anybody has ever had that. It hurts… It’s going to be interesting to see. I know you’re going to get some medication in there.

“His injury might not be as severe as mine. That’s not a very pleasant injury to play with…. I have the Packers 27-17.”


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Can the Packers defeat the Rams? They have Aaron Rodgers healthy and recovered after a bye-week. Additionally, the team has been in excellent form over the course of the season. The Packers will be hoping to use their regular season momentum to get them to the Super Bowl.


Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.



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