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Flags Everywhere!

After reading some message boards and listening to local sports talk radio, I get the feeling that some Ravens fans are a little upset about the plethora of penalties that were called last night.

“They are out to get us” and “The league hates Baltimore” are silly arguments in my opinion.

I really don’t mind the 23 total penalties last night, because if you look at the box score, Baltimore was flagged 12 times to Green Bay’s 11. And if you eliminate Derrick Mason’s Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty early in the fourth quarter (which is Derrick’s fault, not the ref’s), the two teams are even.

I do think the officials were calling it much tighter than what is normally expected. But it since it was tight both ways, it’s just plain wrong to blame any part of last night’s loss on the referees.

Rapid Reaction: Packers 27 – Ravens 14

Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews reacts after sacking Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco during the first half

In the second half the Ravens were able to make this a close ballgame, but more penalties and two Joe Flacco interceptions really hurt this team tonight. Here is a quick recap:

Flacco led the ravens own the field, 11 plays and 71 yards to put them on the board and slice the lead to 17-7. On the ensuing kickoff, Baltimore forced and nearly recovered a E.Dietrich-Smith fumble after a short, high kick by Cundiff.

On the very next play, Rodgers’ pass was low and bounced off of Donald Driver’s leg. Jarrett Johnson snatched the ball out of the air to give the Ravens possession in Green Bay territory.

Ravens first play of the drive resulted in pass interference on Tremon Williams on Demetrius Williams in the endzone. Two plays later they capitalized with a Willis McGahee TD run to make the score 17-14.

Just like that the Baltimore offense had scored two touchdowns in a span of 30 seconds, and the deficit was 3. But that was as close to the ‘Pack’ as Baltimore would get.

After a Mason Crosby missed field goal and a stalled Baltimore drive, Green Bay extended their lead to 10 early in the fourth quarter when Rodgers hit Jermichael Finley for a 19 yard TD.

A 68 yard kickoff return by Lardarius Webb set up the Ravens with very good field position. Once again Tramon Williams was called for interfering with Demetrius Williams in the endzone. The Ravens got the ball on the one yard line. However, this drive ended with zero points as Flacco threw a costly interception to Williams.

Baltimore’s defense held their ground on Green Bay’s next possession, forcing a three and out. But on the first play of the Ravens’ next drive, Flacco threw his third interception of the game to A.J. Hawk.

Green Bay moved down the field and kicked a field goal at the two minute warning to cap the scoring on the night

Halftime: Green Bay 17 – Baltimore 0

Green Bay's Nick Collins celebrates after intercepting a pass during the first half.

Quick thoughts after a less than stellar first half for the Ravens:

-The offense is not feeling it tonight. Very reminiscent of the Cleveland game exactly three weeks ago tonight. QB Joe Flacco forced a lousy pass into triple coverage on a flee flicker late in the first quarter and the result was a Nick Collins interception. He is 6 of 14 for 54 yards. Ray Rice has seven carries for eleven yards and fumbled the ball deep in packer territory. Give credit to the Green Bay secondary. They have really covered the ravens receiving corps well.

-Defense is holding their own, but penalties, specifically pass interference, have really hurt this unit. Green Bay drove down the field in 8 plays for 68 yards towards the end of the first half.

-Still a slight window open for a comeback. Baltimore gets the ball second half. Adjustments must be made offensively.

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

Brett Favre Draws Record Cable Audience

Packers Vikings Football

Oh Brett Favre. Say what you want about good old #4. Love him or hate him, the man can draw an audience! Last night’s Monday Night Football game between the Packers and the Vikings was the highest rated cable television program of ALL TIME! Favre beat his old squad to become the first QB in NFL history to have a win against all 32 teams. An estimated 21,839,000 people tuned in to the broadcast.


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