Key Battles, Week 11 Edition: Baltimore at Green Bay

In Baltimore, the Packers on Sunday face an opponent strikingly similar to the team they just beat. That means the recipe for a win is also familiar. 

The cards are still stacked against the Packers, pressed with ever-mounting injuries, a tiny margin for error and the specter of Aaron Rodgers’ possible return looming over the season’s final months. But oh how a single win can change hopes. Last week’s road win over Chicago proved that the Hundley-led Packers can indeed win a game, and it provided a potential blueprint for future successes. 
 
In Baltimore, the Packers have a strikingly similar opponent. The Ravens are offensively inept but boast an impressive defense. Should Green Bay hold it together defensively and once again establish its run game, a second-straight win could be in the cards. 
 
Here are some of the key battles for Sunday’s game: 
 

Williams and Mays carry the run-heavy torch

When injuries sidelined Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery last week, rookie Jamaal Williams stepped into the workhorse role and earned every yard. Williams is less flashy than his predecessors but when decisive, he’s a physical one-cut rusher. He looked last week like a player aware of his opportunity who didn’t hesitate or overthink. Hopefully the same will be true for fellow rookie Devante Mays, a 230-pound bowling ball with quick feet. Mays will get some opportunities to spell Williams, and the two together could hold the key to victory on Sunday. The Ravens’ pass defense is the strength of their entire team, but they can be run on. 
 

Wounded Ravens O-line ripe for rush

Green Bay’s long-dormant pass rush came alive against Chicago. Credit goes to Mitchell Trubisky for holding on to the ball too long, but don’t forget about Nick Perry. The veteran outside linebacker tallied three sacks to bring his season total to seven. Now nearly four months removed from surgery on his broken hand, Perry appears less burdened by the injury and his right hand actually looks like a hand again (rather than a large melon). With second-year tackle Ronnie Stanley (concussion) doubtful to play, the Ravens may be forced to play musical chairs. Expect Dom Capers, as he always does, to dial up some blitzes. But the Packers’ best chance for success could lie with Perry and Co. winning their battles in the trenches. 
 

Stabilize the special teams

Last week’s win over the Bears would have been far more comfortable had holder Justin Vogel properly secured the placement for Mason Crosby’s field goal attempt. Instead, Crosby shanked the kick and the Bears were given a final-minute chance to tie the game. This week the Packers signed veteran long snapper Brett Goode back into action, which should help stabilize the team’s shaky special teams. Elsewhere, Trevor Davis has to have a better sense of when to run and when to call for the fair catch. In recent weeks his poor decision making has been downright brutal. And, naturally, when Davis busted off a strong return against the Bears it was nullified by a Packers penalty. Special teams cannot remain a liability. In close games, they can the difference between a win and a loss. 
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The TKstinator's picture

November 18, 2017 at 04:23 pm

Same page.

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Hematite's picture

November 18, 2017 at 10:49 am

I expect the Packers defense to show up.
I expect the Packers rookie running backs to excel.
I expect Hundley to have a rough game through the air.
I don't expect Davis to return another punt out of the end zone.
I do expect the Packers to win this game!

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Tarynfor12's picture

November 18, 2017 at 10:58 am

" Green Bay’s long-dormant pass rush came alive against Chicago. Credit goes to Mitchell Trubisky for holding on to the ball too long, but don’t forget about Nick Perry. The veteran outside linebacker tallied three sacks to bring his season total to seven. Now nearly four months removed from surgery on his broken hand, Perry appears less burdened by the injury and his right hand actually looks like a hand again (rather than a large melon). With second-year tackle Ronnie Stanley (concussion) doubtful to play, the Ravens may be forced to play musical chairs. Expect Dom Capers, as he always does, to dial up some blitzes. But the Packers’ best chance for success could lie with Perry and Co. winning their battles in the trenches. "

The definition of a sack or at least a sack that would justify the ranting of a players ability is as misunderstood as what a catch is in the NFL and the INT being awarded to the guy lucky enough to be where the deflected pass by another happens to go doesn't equate the truth on the stat sheet who made the play for the ,ahem, stats sheet.

Perry actually gets credit for one sack last week and it was the last which of course wouldn't have been with a more veteran QB. The first two he was a mere benefactor of others play.

Hopefully for the cheering section of Perry, he doesn't disappear again as is par for this great collector of false stats, though has competition from HaHa for the team thief of credit with his INT's coming at the play of others and NOT his defense of receivers.

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LASVEGAS-TOM's picture

November 18, 2017 at 03:03 pm

Turnovers in the NFL are Way Over Rated. Wayne Root who I learned from, said it years ago, & I agree & play accordingly, along with a few other things I've learned along the way. "Teams With High Turnover Ratio's are NOT as Good as they seem to be, & Teams with Low Turnover Ratio's are Better than they appear". Sounds like Reverse Logic, but I've found it to be True. Don't put Too Much into Turnovers. They make a Team look Better than what they are.
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Savage57's picture

November 19, 2017 at 07:27 am

Packers are going to be relying on two rookies playing in cold weather for probably the first or second time in their careers.

Look for a few balls left on the field. Who recovers them is the turning point.

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DD's picture

November 19, 2017 at 08:57 am

Running backs must continue to be hungry and run hard. Can Williams do it for a second week? Ravens D is tough, will MM show sone creativity with offense? Try diiferent schemes, personnel sets, slants, TE's used more? Watch and then decide. I got a feeling he'll play not to lose again. As for all the hype above on the defense, have not you been watching the games all season. A player here or there shows up each week, but not the others on the team! Confidence is paper thin for me on any 3rd and over 6 yards. Also, can we stop a screen pass? We have Capers scheming, I'm scared!

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DD's picture

November 19, 2017 at 09:08 am

Put Janis back on punt returns. Janis has speed and is somewhat brighter then Davis. Why aren't they using Janis, Allison, Davis, R
Rodgera more in the offense? Perhaps they can get more separation on routes? Afterall, they have worked with Hundley before he became a starter. MM will not adjust or change. As for Dom, don't expect any change either. Same schemes with little results. Change for MM and DC? Doubt it. Eye test today will tell the story whether to keep MM or DC in my opionion. They've been riding the Rodgers train too long! No change, a different year with same results; get close, but go home! Go Pack, come on!!

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