in Jared Goff’s earliest football memories.While Goff was a little kid growing up in Marin County Dean Lowry Jersey , his father took him to games at Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium, where he watched Rodgers’ collegiate brilliance for California.More Packers coverage from FOX Sports WisconsinPhotos of the Week: 7/21/19 – 7/27/19Packers rookie Gary’s biggest critic is himselfTop Tweets: Former Badger TJ Watt has impressive four-year transformationPHOTOS: 2019 Green Bay Packers training campPackers’ Rodgers, LaFleur ironing out offense, building chemistryThat kid also got one of his first lessons in professional sports heartbreak when his favorite NFL team — the San Francisco 49ers — used the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft on Alex Smith instead of Rodgers.“Yeah, 10-year-old Jared was very upset when he found out they didn’t take Aaron,” Goff said.Once he grew up and filled out, Goff followed Rodgers’ path to Berkeley. And 3½ years after Goff became the No. 1 pick that Rodgers never was, they’ll face each other for the first time when Goff’s unbeaten Los Angeles Rams (7-0) host Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers (3-2-1) on Sunday.A significant NFC showdown between the NFL’s last unbeaten team and a perennial power is also a meeting of a rising quarterback star and one of his heroes, still in his prime. Both Golden Bears are excited by the opportunity.“I’ve followed his whole career,” Goff said. “Big fan of his. There are times where we’re watching him play against the defense (the Rams are supposed to be scouting), and you get stuck on watching him. He’s a great player. I’ve got a lot of respect for him, and it’ll be fun to get a chance to go against him.”The feeling is mutual for the 34-year-old Rodgers as he leads the Packers back to the venerable Coliseum, where their storied franchise won the first Super Bowl in 1967.“I’ve gotten to know Jared a little bit over the last couple years, and being a Cal guy, obviously I’m pulling for him,” Rodgers said.“And he’s played really well. They’ve put a lot on his plate with (checkdowns) and stuff at the line of scrimmage, and he does a good job with that. He’s an accurate passer. He’s making good throws. He’s got some weapons to throw to, but he’s been extremely accurate and efficient with the ball. That’s what you need with the quarterback.”Rodgers already has his own Coliseum memories: He tied an NCAA record by completing his first 23 passes for Cal against USC in their famous meeting in 2004, but the Trojans hung on for a 23-17 victory.More things to watch in the Packers’ first appearance at the Coliseum since before the NFL left LA in 1994:11<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Packers post-bye week breakdownLONG ODDSThe Packers are coming off their bye week, but they opened as 8½-point underdogs for this matchup against the powerhouse Rams, who are 18-5 in the regular season since coach Sean McVay took over.That’s the biggest betting disadvantage of Rodgers’ career as Green Bay’s starter, but nobody doubts Rodgers’ ability to overcome it — including the Rams.“He’s got the ball placement, he’s got the arm, he’s got the competitive (attitude), he’s got the heart,” said Rams cornerback Marcus Peters Kentrell Brice Color Rush Jersey , who also grew up in the Bay Area watching Rodgers at Cal. “Every time (Rodgers is) on that field for the Packers, they’ve got a good chance to win it.”START ME UPThe Rams are off to their first 7-0 start since 1985. The franchise hasn’t started 8-0 since 1969, when NFL MVP Roman Gabriel led Los Angeles to an 11-0 start followed by four straight losses.CLAY’S HOMECOMINGPackers linebacker Clay Matthews grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs, and he walked on at USC before becoming a star and a first-round NFL pick in 2009. He is playing at the venerable Coliseum for the first time since college.So is Nick Perry, who played at USC from 2009-11. “It’ll be cool to go back out there, obviously,” Matthews said. “It will be different being in the opposing locker room.”7<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Upon Further Review: Packers vs. 49ersBenny Sieu | USA TODAY SportsGURLEY’S GAMEGoff aside, Green Bay’s defense must figure out how to slow running back Todd Gurley, who is putting up even more impressive numbers than he managed as the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2017. Gurley leads the league with 88 points, 686 yards rushing, 144 carries and 956 yards from scrimmage. The Packers’ run defense is ranked 22nd in the league, giving up a hefty 4.5 yards per carry.SHIELDS SIGHTINGCornerback Sam Shields made the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2010, and he was a steady defensive contributor until he incurred his fourth concussion in the 2016 season opener.After nearly two years out of football, he joined the Rams this season . Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams says he consulted with Shields regularly about his health during his absence.“At one point I was on the bandwagon with him, like, ‘Man, you need to call it quits,'” Williams said. “And on the other side, after he had some time off, his mind is cleared and he’s back mentally ready to go.”10<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:PHOTOS: Packers vs. 49ers—PACKERS-RAMS CAPSULESunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE — Rams by 8 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD — Green Bay 2-4-0, Los Angeles 4-2-1SERIES RECORD — Tied 46-46-2LAST MEETING — Packers beat Rams, 24-10, Oct. 11, 2015LAST WEEK — Packers had bye https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Geronimo-Allison-Jersey , beat 49ers 33-30 on Oct. 15; Rams beat 49ers, 39-10AP PRO32 RANKING — Packers No. 11, Rams No. 1PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (20), PASS (4).PACKERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (8), RUSH (22), PASS (5).RAMS OFFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (1), PASS (8).RAMS DEFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (12), PASS (9).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – California Cheeseheads will be out in force when Packers visit Los Angeles for first time since NFL returned in 2016. … Both teams beat San Francisco in last outing, but Packers coming off bye week. … Two big-time offenses meeting at Coliseum. Both in NFL’s top four in total yards. Rams have league’s most prolific rushing game (153.1 yards per game). Packers have No. 4 passing game (317.3 yards per game). … Pack has won five straight, 12 of 16 over Rams. Coach Mike McCarthy is 5-1 vs. Rams. … Packers CB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix shares NFL lead with three interceptions. He won national title at Alabama with Rams LB Mark Barron. … Green Bay opened as biggest underdog of QB Aaron Rodgers’ career, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. … Rodgers is rolling again, with 332.8 yards passing per game and 12 TDs, 1 INT. … Packers LB Clay Matthews makes first pro appearance in his native LA area and at Coliseum, where former USC walk-on became standout for four Pac-12 championship teams. … Rams gunning for franchise’s first 8-0 start since 1969, when LA started club-record 11-0. … Rams already have 3 1/2-game lead over Seattle in NFC West. With Dodgers in mind, Rams’ magic number to clinch division title is seven. … Rams’ first game at Coliseum in 31 days. After Nov. 11 home date with Seattle, they’ll go another 35 days without Coliseum game. … Rams CB Sam Shields spent seven seasons with Packers, winning Super Bowl ring and making Pro Bowl. Concussions kept him out of football in 2017, but he is valuable backup and special-teamer for LA this season. … RB Todd Gurley leads NFL with 88 points, 686 yards rushing, 144 carries and 956 yards from scrimmage. … DE Aaron Donald co-leads NFL with eight sacks after destructive effort against Niners with four sacks, six tackles for loss. … WR Cooper Kupp seems likely to miss second straight game with knee injury. Replacements Josh Reynolds Oren Burks Jersey , Nick Williams combined for three catches last week at San Francisco while Rams dominated on ground. … Fantasy tip: Packers TE Jimmy Graham could be big target for Rodgers, who will test LA’s linebackers and secondary while getting rid of ball before Donald and Ndamukong Suh get to him. In the three-year span of 2013 to 2015, perhaps no NFL assistant coach ascended higher or faster than Adam Gase. Following two years as the Denver Broncos’ quarterbacks coach, during which time he oversaw a transition from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning at the position, Gase took over offensive coordinator duties in 2013.The result was an explosion in the Mile High City, as Manning set an NFL single-season record for passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55) en route to a Super Bowl appearance. Another excellent season in 2014 seemed to put him on track for a head coaching job, but he had to wait one more year to get that chance. In that 2015 season, Gase got one of the best seasons out of Jay Cutler before departing to take the head coaching job with the Miami Dolphins in 2016. Three years of mediocre football in Miami got him the boot after Week 17 concluded, however, and he found himself looking for another job.Gase now has an interview for a position that would offer him the opportunity to work his magic with another quarterback on the Manning level. According to Tom Silverstein, the Packers will interview Gase for their open head coaching position in the coming days, making Green Bay the third team to speak to him about such a vacancy.The playcalling ability and offensive creativity that Gase possesses is not in question. However, his leadership style seemed to rub plenty of Miami players the wrong way. Several current and former Dolphins posted celebratory Tweets following Gase’s firing, while offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James spoke out about a lack of identity on offense. However, the team’s top quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, missed the entire 2017 season and about half of 2018.While Gase has no direct connections to the Packers, he is from the Midwest originally, growing up in Ypsilanti, Michigan and attending Michigan State University.ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports that Gase’s interview is expected to take place on Sunday, January 6th.