The Green Bay Packers (3-2) delivered their first win on the road this season over the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens (3-3), 19-17. The Packers overcame tremendous adversity from start to finish to wrap up an overall solid Sunday performance.
The Packers were without All-Pro outside linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb) and inside linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring) against the Ravens. Despite not having either player, the Packers defense held the Ravens to 17 points, 47 rushing yards and registered five sacks on Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco.
Fellow veteran inside linebacker A.J. Hawk had a career day on defense, leading the Packers with ten total tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks in one of his most impressive single-game performances of his career.
The Packers though had some significant losses during Sunday's win, as wide receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb both left with knee injuries in the first half. Jones injury is reportedly "not too serious" according to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and the Packers are still awaiting for a medical diagnosis and opinion on Cobb.
Without Jones and Cobb, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 17 of 32 passes for 315 yards, tossed one touchdown and one interception. Jones walked around the sidelines with a noticeable limp after he had sustained the injury while run blocking, while Cobb's knee injury seemed far more serious.
Cobb caught a pass from Rodgers and was hit at knee-level by Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam. Cobb immediately went to the ground in unquestioned pain and he was carted off of the field. After he was diagnosed with a knee injury, Cobb was later seen on the Packers' sideline in crutches during the second half.
McCarthy said the Packers will know more about both Jones and Cobbs' injuries by Monday, but the Packers could possibly fear that Cobb could be out for awhile. Through five games, Jones and Cobb have caught 49 passes for 729 yards and four touchdowns.
If the Packers have to potentially place Jones and/or Cobb on the season-ending injured reserve list, the Packers would likely promote wide receivers Myles White and/or Charles Johnson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Other News and Notes: Packers kicker Mason Crosby went 4/5 on field goals today, missing his first field goal attempt of the season…Packers inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore recorded three tackles, including two for a loss, in his first career NFL start…Packers running back Eddie Lacy led all rushers with 120 yards on 23 carries on Sunday, as the Packers have now had a 100-yard rusher in three of five games this season (last season, the Packers didn't have a 100-yard rusher in any game)…wide receiver Jordy Nelson caught four passes for 113 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown in the win.
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