Here in Charm City, the story of the season thus far has been the vast improvement of the Ravens pass rush, which is being led by Terrell Suggs who has seven sacks already and has recorded at least one in every game so far this season. There is no question that the presence of Elvis Dumervil is affecting how opposing offenses try to slow down this pass rush and that seems to be benefiting the Ravens and Suggs the most.
Green Bay will have the task of trying to slow that pass rush down, but they certainly have the arsenal to do it. The Packers, much like the Broncos, have an offense and more importantly a quarterback that can get rid of the ball very quickly, thus rendering the pass rush almost useless. Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the game, and we saw Peyton Manning light up this Ravens defense for seven touchdown passes in the opener. The key to the Ravens pass rush will be how well the defensive backs can disrupt the wide receiver’s routes as that would force Rodgers to hold onto the ball a little longer and give the pass rush a chance to get to him. Green Bay currently boasts the fourth best passing offense in the league, while Baltimore is 16th in the NFL in passing defense, but second in sacks with 19.
On the flip side of the ball, the Ravens offense is coming off of a 26 point performance against the Miami Dolphins a week ago, but will need to be able to put points on the board this week to keep up with the potent Packers’ offense. Baltimore may have the healthiest wide receiver core they have had all season on Sunday and somebody will need to step up in that group. The Ravens are hoping that both Marlon Brown and Jacoby Jones return to the lineup Sunday, which should be a big shot in the arm for this offense.
Green Bay will be without LB Clay Matthews in this game, which should hinder the Packers pass rush tremendously in the process. If Baltimore’s offensive line can keep Joe Flacco from getting hit as much as he did last week, the Ravens will have a good chance at winning this football game. In addition, the running game has somewhat of a resurgence last week for the Ravens, but they will need to be more consistent in that regard in this game because the playaction has proven to be a valuable weapon against the Packers this season, as well as over the past few seasons.
It should be a great game on Sunday, and with the Ravens wearing their black jersey’s and in need of a big win, there is no doubt that M&T Bank Stadium will be rocking for this matchup.
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