The Green Bay Packers (8-3), led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, face the Los Angeles Rams (7-3), led by quarterback Matthew Stafford, in Week 12 of the NFL regular season on Sunday, November 28, 2021 (11/28/21) at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. How to watch Rams vs. Packers: Free live stream, time, TV, channel for NFL Week 12 (11/28/21)
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Aaron Rodgers is looking to bounce back from last week’s tough loss in a key NFC matchup against the Los Angeles Rams, but he’ll have to go through Matthew Stafford.
The Packers (8-3) are coming off a loss against the Minnesota Vikings. Despite nursing a fractured toe, Rodgers confirmed he’ll play on Sunday and consider having surgery during the Packers’ bye next week.
Stafford and the Rams (7-3) are coming off their bye week and trying to snap a two-game losing streak on the road at Lambeau Field, one of the toughest NFL stadiums to play in. Stafford will likely rely on Cooper Kupp, the leagues’ leader in receiving yards, and look to get Odell Beckham Jr. in the mix during his second game in blue-and-gold.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: NFL, Week 12
Who: Los Angeles Rams vs. Green Bay Packers
When: Sunday, November 28, 2021
Where: Lambeau Field
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his ailing toe might not get as much protection as usual for the rest of the season.
The Packers’ 34-31 loss to the Minnesota Vikings became doubly painful with the news Monday that Elgton Jenkins would miss the remainder of the season. Jenkins was carted off the field Sunday after hurting his left knee.
Jenkins’ injury further decimates a line that already is missing 2020 All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari as well as center Josh Myers because of knee injuries. Jenkins, a Pro Bowl left guard last season, had been filling in for the injured Bakhtiari at left tackle.
“Certainly Elgton’s been a big part of this team and still is a big part of this team, but just won’t be out there with us,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Monday. “It’s just one of those deals, that it’s an unfortunate part of our game, and we’ve had a lot of guys unfortunately have to go through this this year.”
Jenkins’ injury underscores the importance of getting Bakhtiari back.
Bakhtiari hasn’t played since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Dec. 31. He was activated from the physically unable to perform list on Nov. 10, but didn’t practice last week, creating uncertainty about when he might return.
LaFleur said Monday that Bakhtiari wouldn’t be available for the Packers’ upcoming game with the Los Angeles Rams (7-3). The NFC North-leading Packers (8-3) have their long-awaited week off after that game.
“We’ll just see where he’s at after the bye,” LaFleur said. “We’re hopeful that he’ll be able to come back this year at some point. It certainly isn’t for a lack of work ethic on his part. It’s not for a lack of toughness. It’s just one of those things where you never quite know how everybody’s going to respond to the recovery process, and I think that’s just where we’re at with him.”
The uncertain nature of the line could enable opponents to put more pressure on Rodgers, who already is playing at less than full strength.
Rodgers hasn’t practiced much the past few weeks because of a positive COVID-19 test and a toe injury. The reigning MVP threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns without an interception Sunday despite dealing with a toe problem that he described as “very, very painful.”
“Got stepped on in the first half, and that kind of activated all the symptoms I was having,” Rodgers said after the game. “So it’s going to be another painful week next week, and hopefully start to feel a little better in the bye.”
The Los Angeles Rams watched the action from their couches last weekend, but are set to take to the field. They are on the road again Sunday and play against the Green Bay Packers at 4:25 p.m. ET Nov. 28 at Lambeau Field. Given that these two teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this matchup.
The night started off rough for the Rams two weeks ago, and it ended that way, too. They suffered a grim 31-10 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers. QB Matthew Stafford had a pretty forgettable game, throwing two interceptions.
Meanwhile, Green Bay was close but no cigar last week as they fell 34-31 to the Minnesota Vikings. The contest was as close as the oddsmakers predicted, but the Packers had been the slight favorite coming in. The losing side was boosted by QB Aaron Rodgers, who passed for four TDs and 385 yards on 33 attempts. Near the top of the highlight reel was Rodgers’ 75-yard TD bomb to WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the fourth quarter.
The Rams came up short against Green Bay when the two teams previously met in January, falling 32-18. The defeat knocked Los Angeles out of the playoffs, so expect them to come at Green Bay with a vengeful fire.