The Los Angeles Rams will play host to the Green Bay Packers Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum seeking their first 8-0 start since 1969.
The Rams are second in the league in scoring, averaging 33.6 points per game, second in total offense, averaging 445.3 yards per game, and first in rushing, averaging 153.1 yards per game.
Running back Todd Gurley II leads the league in rushing with 686 yards, scrimmage yards with 956, scoring with 88 points and touchdowns with 14.
Green Bay (3-2-1) is coming off a bye. The Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 33-30, in their most recent game, Oct. 15.
Green Bay is fourth in total offense, averaging 421 yards per game, and fourth in passing yardage, averaging 317.3.
The Packers will be making their first appearance at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since Nov. 11, 1990 when they defeated the Los Angeles Raiders, 29-16.
Green Bay is 9-21-1 at the Coliseum, including a 7-2-1 record under the late Vince Lombardi, including a 35-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in what was then known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, known retroactively as Super Bowl I.
The Coliseum and Green Bay’s Lambeau Field are the only stadiums still in use by NFL teams where Lombardi coached.
The series is tied 45-45-2, with the Packers winning the last five.
The game is the Rams “Crucial Catch” game, an effort by the NFL and American Cancer Society addressing early detection and risk reduction efforts for multiple cancers.
Cancer survivor Don Thompson will be recognized as the season ticket member of the game. Thompson was diagnosed with stage 3 bladder and prostate cancer in 2014 and has been in remission since June.
Thompson will be recognized on-field during the third quarter with Chris Draft, a Rams linebacker in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Team Draft is an initiative of the Chris Draft Family Foundation dedicated to raising lung cancer awareness, increasing research funding and shattering the misconception that lung cancer is a smoker’s disease.
Draft was assisted in establishing Team Draft by his wife, Keasha Rutledge who died from lung cancer in 2011.
The Rams will recognize 175 season ticket members who have been diagnosed with cancer in the end zone as the players take the field. The honorees will unfurl the “Rock the Rams House” flag prior to the National Anthem.
Seven-time Pro Bowl selection Torry Holt, a receiver for the Rams from 1999-2008 when they were based in St. Louis, will light the Coliseum torch before the kickoff. He will be joined by his brother Terrence, a safety with three NFL teams from 2003-08.
The national anthem will be sung by Dinah Jane of the girl group Fifth Harmony.
Grammy-winning pop singer Meghan Trainor will join the captains at midfield to participate in the coin toss.
Former U.S. Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Patrick Flood will be honored during the first quarter.
Flood entered active duty as a signal officer in 2001, where he was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group before being deployed to Afghanistan. Flood became a Green Beret in 2004 in the 7th Special Forces unit.
Flood was wounded during his second deployment to Afghanistan but was still able to deliver live-saving assistance to a fellow soldier earning him the Bronze Star for valor.
Flood was deployed to Afghanistan twice more. He served an additional five years in Latin America before returning to Los Angeles to command the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion.
Eddie Meador, a defensive back for the Rams from 1959-70, will be honored during the first timeout of the second quarter as the Alumnus of the Game. Meador was a six-time Pro Bowl selection.
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