NFL Week 13 Game Preview: Baltimore Ravens (6-5) at Green Bay Packers (7-4)

-Good morning. I’m terribly sorry for not posting in over a month. I’ve been quite busy with school and have been too lazy to update this little site. But we are back on track, so let’s preview tonight’s important game against the Green Bay Packers.
-Lambeau Field: The Ravens are making only their third ever visit to “The Frozen Tundra”. They failed to win in their first two visits. Green Bay won 28-10 in 1998. In 2001, Brett Favre torched the Baltimore D for 337 yards and three TD’s en route to a 31-20 victory.
-Ravens on Monday Night: In recent years, Baltimore has struggled in their Monday Night appearances.  Entering the 2009 season, the Ravens had only one road victory on Monday Night…ever. That came in 2001 with a 16-10 win over the Tennessee Titans. They earned their second victory this season with a 16-0 shutout of the Browns on Nov. 16. And with the exception of a 49-3 blowout of Green Bay in 2005, The Ravens lost all of the other eight Monday Nighters they played in from 2003-2008.
Ray Rice: The guy has been simply sensational. A 5 foot 8 spark plug, Rice is averaging 127.5 yards from scrimmage per game, good for 2nd best in the NFL. He has amassed 100 or more yards from scrimmage in eight consecutive games. And Mr. Rice leads all running backs in receptions (61) and receiving yards (582).
Aaron Rodgers: After patiently waiting in the shadows of Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers has emerged as one of the leagues top young quarterbacks. Rodgers is tough and has a laser for an arm. He has put up some decent numbers this season. His 104.9 passer rating is tied for third best in the league. And his 8.3 yards per attempt is ranks for fourth. But his offensive line has done a horrible job of protecting him, allowing a league worst 44 sacks. One can only imagine where his numbers would if he had protection similar to a Drew Brees (15 sacks) or Peyton Manning (10 sacks).
Prediction: This game is vital for both teams, which is why it is going to be so much fun to watch. The key to the game in my opinion has to be whether or not the Ravens can get to Aaron Rodgers. Not just pressure though, because that will not be enough. They need to take advantage of Green Bay’s O-line and put Rodgers on his back. Dating to the 2000 season, the Packers have posted an 18-4 record at Lambeau in December and January regular-season games. A bunch of things have to go right for the Ravens tonight. A few big plays from Rodgers and one or two costly turnovers by Baltimore will be the difference. RAVENS 26 – PACKERS 33

2 Responses to “NFL Week 13 Game Preview: Baltimore Ravens (6-5) at Green Bay Packers (7-4)”

  1. 1 Eric December 7, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Great job as always Will. You just have a knack for this stuff. 🙂

  2. 2 Pop December 7, 2009 at 2:53 pm


    Great to have your very informative comments back! Short and with very insightful information. A very good format. I always learn many things I didn’t know. I hope you are wrong on the score tonight as I want the Ravens to win. However with Green Bay’s history at home and the Ravens rather uneven performance in the recent past you are prpbably right on the score. Agreed that it should be an exciting game to watch GO RAVENS!!


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