Green Bay Packers vs. Baltimore Ravens: 2013 Game 5
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
The Packers haven’t won a road game since December 2012 at Chicago. While this isn’t the same Ravens team that won a Super Bowl back in February, they are still tough at home and are unbeaten in two games there this season.
The last time the Packers were at M&T Bank Stadium was in 2005 on Monday Night Football. The Ravens stomped Green Bay 48-3 and it was one of the top five worst losses in Packers history. It was quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ rookie season and he came in to relieve Brett Favre. Rodgers threw an interception of his own in the losing effort.
The Packers won the last matchup in 2009 at Lambeau Field, also a Monday Nighter, forcing three Joe Flacco interceptions. It was one of Flacco’s worst career games, as he posted a quarterback rating of just 27.2.
Ravens LT Eugene Monroe will make his Ravens debut since being traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Monroe replaces incumbent Bryant McKinnie, who is inactive today.
Today’s captains for the Packers: - OG T.J. Lang (offense), S Morgan Burnett (defense) and WR Jarrett Boykin (special teams).
Inactives for today:
Green Bay Packers
24 CB Jarrett Bush
29 CB Casey Hayward
44 RB James Starks
52 LB Clay Matthews
59 LB Brad Jones
64 G/C Greg Van Roten
93 DE Josh Boyd
62 NT Terrence Cody
76 G/T Jah Reid
77 C Ryan Jensen
78 T Bryant McKinnie
80 WR Brandon Stokley
94 OLB John Simon
96 DE Marcus Spears
Weather today: May rain. Need to be aware of it, especially wind. Practice wet ball security during the week.
Adjusting without Matthews and B. Jones: A lot of moving parts with guys out. Perry will move to the right side with Neal on the left at OLB. Jamari Lattimore is ready to go. It’s an opportunity. Has done a great job on special teams.
Run game: Run game is a work in progress. Good job up front. Making good adjustments and communication is good. Running backs have picked it up. Doing it with different runners.
Offense not quite in a groove: Tired of talking about the nitpicking of the offense. We understand there are things that aren’t quite where we want them to be. Need to take care of the ball and help out our tackles today with their solid pass rush.
Ravens replacing departed talent: The Ravens have done a great job of replenishing this team.
Flacco: Can make all the throws. Change in coordinators seemed to help him. We need to get pressure on him. Throws a great vertical ball and we need to ensure nothing over the top.
Ravens trying to establish the run: Running well has been a formula for success and expect them to try and establish.
Suggs and Dumervil: Veteran established Pro Bowl players. Very aware of it and Barclay and Bakhtiari need to be ready
Packers vs. Ravens – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers receive the opening kickoff and immediately pick up 47 yards on their first two runs. Lacy running with a purpose.
Another promising drive stalls with a dropped pass by Nelson and a failure to convert a short third down. Crosby FG instead
Packers kick coverage has been very pedestrian this season. Give up a 32-yard return to Jacoby Jones
Excellent first defensive series. Stuff the run on first, Lattimore with a great open field tackle for a loss on second and a big sack by Hawk on third. Three and out!
James Jones comes out with a leg injury early on. Appears to be a knee.
Davon House can’t bring in an interception that he should have had. Next play: big conversion for Ravens. Can’t leave those on the field today.
AJ Hawk is playing out of his mind this season. Big rebirth for him
Drops, drops and more drops and unfortunately I’m not talking about rain. Nelson, Finley and House so far. Can’t do anything in this game without that one little thing: the football
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 3 Bal 0
Another coverage gaffe as a nice punt by Masthay is negated by a 37-yard return. Been happening all season long and someone will break one eventually.
Packers playing the screen well this season. Something we have not seen in recent years.
Four punts by each team so far. Defensive battle.
A second fumble by Rodgers, fortunately scooped up by Boykin. Rodgers is again displaying very poor pocket awareness.
James Jones has been ruled out. Will not return. Packers offense not in sync as Rodgers misses on a 3rd down pass to Boykin. Another punt.
Blocked punt by Packers but Kuhn can’t scoop it up and Ravens recover. Two steps forward, three steps backward for the Packers so far today.
Defense bails out John Kuhn with a huge stop on 4th and goal from the 1-yard line. Momentum shift?
Rodgers and Boykin have now failed to connect on three different occasions. Last one on third down from their own 1-yard line and Boykin can’t bring it in. Another drop.
Defense is playing as well as they needed to today to keep the Packers in this game.
Both offenses have been atrocious so far today.
Randall Cobb injures his knee on a catch. Carted off and return is doubtful.
Big fumble by Flacco, caused by Perry. Scooped up by Datone Jones. After missing his last attempt, Crosby converts with two seconds left to give the Packers a 6 – 0 lead at halftime.
The best thing about this first half for the Packers is that it’s over.
Score at end of 1st half: GB 6 Bal 0
Packers vs. Ravens – First Impressions – Second Half:
Thank God the Packers start on defense this half. Sad to be saying that with Aaron Rodgers quarterbacking this team.
Jamari Lattimore is playing like he’s been starting all season. Reminds me of Desmond Bishop back in 2010.
Finley has been absent so far today on a day when he’s never been needed more.
Rodgers finally rolling out away from pressure but cannot connect with his very depleted receiver group.
Tramon Williams can’t tackle. That is all.
Rodgers finally shows that running ability, eluding a sack under pressure and scampering for a first down. Good to see.
Finally a bomb touchdown. 67 yards to Nelson who got behind the safeties.
Score at end of 3rd quarter: GB 16 Bal 3
Packers defense appears to be going into that “bend but don’t break” prevent already despite only being up two scores
Sam Shields has been peeking in the backfield all day long. Costs him as the Ravens get into the end zone.
Cobb just shown on the Packers sideline on crutches. Ouch.
Offense very undisciplined today. Packers burn another early timeout before play clock expires. Burned one early in the second quarter as well.
Another 100-yard day for a Packers running back as Lacy goes over the century mark. Shades of 2003 with Ahman Green.
Crosby with four FG’s today and may be Special Teams Player of the Week for a second week in a row.
Chris Banjo has made a few nifty tackles on special teams today. Perhaps unseating Jarrett Bush?
AJ Hawk has three sacks today. That’s not a typo.
Once again, the Packers defense goes to sleep with a late lead. Give up a 60+ yard pass play on fourth down and a touchdown on the very next play. Sadly, I’m not surprised by any of it. At all.
Huge third down conversion from Rodgers to Finley to change the field position. Rough day for Rodgers but he makes one great throw when needed.
Great job by Lacy to get down after picking up the first. Game over! Packers get their first road win since December 2012. Improve to 3-2 with a home game against the Cleveland Browns next week.
Final Score: GB 19 Bal 17
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