PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush presents the second of five key matchups this week in advance of the Packers' Week Six game this Sunday against the Rams at Lambeau Field.
Packers WRs Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Donald Driver and Randall Cobb vs. Rams CBs Al Harris, Justin King, Josh Gordy and Rod Hood
With the Rams' top three cornerbacks (Ron Bartell, Bradley Fletcher and Jerome Murphy) all out with season-ending injuries, Green Bay's wideouts figure to have a major advantage Sunday. With a combined 11 TD catches, Jennings (four), Nelson (three), Jones (two), Driver (one) and Cobb (one) are all threats to go the distance on any play, particularly against a Rams secondary in shambles. It has seemed like a different Packers receiver has been the big gun every week, with Jones emerging as the latest scene stealer following a career-high 140-yard effort vs. Atlanta. Don't be surprised if Driver or Cobb get their shots at stealing the show on Sunday
On the left corner, King has often gotten beaten badly. In the Rams' lopsided loss to the Ravens, Baltimore rookie WR Torrey Smith burned King for three early TDs, and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers could try to expose King early on Sunday. On the right side, the 36-year-old Harris can be expected to play with a lot of pride against his former team. He was not happy when the Packers released him and always has been good in bump-zone coverage when healthy. But Harris has lost a lot of speed and is playing on a bad knee that could go out on him at any moment.
Gordy, another ex-Packer, has yet to line up on defense in the NFL. Promoted from the practice squad Sept. 21, Gordy has the size Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo likes in his corners. He has displayed good speed and tenacity as a gunner on special teams.
Hood, who was picked up off the street two weeks ago, has not played since 2009 because of knee problems. Brian Jackson, who was signed off the street Sunday, also could figure in the mix for the Rams. He played 12 games with the Giants last season, solely on special teams.