Intriguing game Week 6
Packers (2-2) at Ravens (3-2)
Packers: I have some concerns about the Packers. Their offensive line struggles and that has resulted in many sacks of Aaron Rodgers, their running game is improving but it needs to be more consistent if they want to win games and their defense outside of Clay Matthews is still struggling at times and this defense will really need to pick it up with Clay gone for about a month because of a fractured thumb. If the Packers can get that defense right and improve that offensive line, they’d be a top three or four team in the league. These guys are beatable and the Bengals showed us that a few weeks back. If Green Bay wants to get back on track, they’ll need to get a win against a surprising 3-2 Ravens team.
Ravens: Here’s my assessment on the Ravens. Their defense now is better than the units we’ve seen on the field for them the last few seasons that’s no disrespect to Ed Reed or Ray Lewis. This unit now is much younger and much quicker and having a healthy Terrell Suggs has made a big difference. It’s the offense of the champs that has really let me down. They aren’t a high-flying unit because they rely heavily on running the football with Rice and Pearce but they just can’t seem to score when the opportunity is presented to them. Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta were huge pieces of this offense and they have been missed. Ray Rice hasn’t looked the same and Flacco surely hasn’t played like a guy who just got the big bucks. Let’s see how these guys do when the Packers come to town.
Prediction: It’s a match-up of a potent offense in Green Bay against a physical defense that is the Ravens. For a Packers win, Eddie Lacy and Randall Cobb will be key. For a Ravens win, get Rice the ball early to keep Rodgers and company on the sideline. I like the Packers to get the W. Packers 28 Ravens 21