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Surprising Matchup Will Be Key to Rams Upsetting Packers

Jason Schandl
This surprise matchup will be the key to the Los Angeles Rams upsetting the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Playoffs Divisional Round.
This surprise matchup will be the key to the Los Angeles Rams upsetting the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Playoffs Divisional Round. / Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The marquee players for this weekend's Divisional Round matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers are no secret.

Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams facing off with Jalen Ramsey will be one of the most important storylines in the game. Aaron Donald's health and effectiveness will play a big impact.

But beyond these big names, there's one surprise player who could be the key to the Rams' hopes of upsetting the Packers and advancing to the NFC Championship.

Josh Reynolds Matchup vs. Packers

Josh Reynolds finished third on the Rams in targets (81), receptions (52) and receiving yards (618) in the regular season, establishing himself as the WR3 behind Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.

That's not usually a key role, but the way the Rams match up with the Packers' defense will magnify his importance a ton.

Green Bay cornerback Jaire Alexander is one of the best defenders in the league, and he's a true lockdown corner. He will likely shadow Robert Woods, potentially neutralizing the Rams' leading receiver.

Cooper Kupp is banged up, dealing with bursitis of the knee, and he also plays primarily out of the slot. That means Chandon Sullivan will likely be covering him, and Sullivan is no pushover, with a 65.4 coverage grade (45th out of 120 qualifying corners) according to ProFootballFocus.

The big weakness in the Packers' secondary is the other outside cornerback slot, where Kevin King covers the outside WR opposite Alexander. King's 52.1 coverage grade ranks 88th among 120 corners on the season, and this is the matchup to exploit.

Reynolds is no superstar himself, but his 65.5 receiving grade suggest he should have a significant edge over King in this one.

Whether it's John Wolford or Jared Goff, the Rams' starting quarterback is going to need to exploit this matchup every chance they get.

The Rams are 6.5-point underdogs against the Packers according to FanDuel Sportsbook's Divisional Round odds, and Reynolds will need to have a big day if L.A. is going to pull off an upset.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.