Knowing as little about the AFC as I do, I checked in earlier this week with a friend of mine, Aviel, who is as hardcore a fan of the Steelers as I am of the Packers. More so, in fact, since she went to the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers Women's Training Camp (dear Packers, please have one of these). I expect that I'll pick her brain when the Steelers-Packers game approaches, but this week, she offered an AFC North insider's look at the Baltimore Ravens.
So, basically, I decided that my normal stats overview wouldn’t be enough for this game. If this is a show-me game for the Packers, I ought to put in my best effort as well. Through the lens of Football Outsiders, the matchup is a unique one for the Packers on both sides of the ball. Instead of taking you to FO, I’ve decided to bring the stats to you. I warn you that this post is not for the faint of heart – if you are anti-math, I understand if you don’t read further. Numbers, ahoy!
Welcome to another edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the Packers primetime opponent, the Baltimore Ravens. Aaron and Corey covered a lot of ground during last night’s interviews with Ravens experts Chris Pika and John Eisenberg, so make sure you watch the show first. As an NFC-oriented fan, the AFC has always seemed a little strange to me, so figuring out this matchup has been an adventure. Without further ado, let’s dive in to Week 13.
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