Adversity defense kept Packers within reach of Ravens

Ruben Hill
November 20, 2017

"We still believe in each other; it's a team game".

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The Ravens converted the first down on the next play to set up Baltimore's first score of the afternoon on Justin Tucker's 32-yard field goal. There really isn't much new to say here; the Packers have lost four of their five games since Rodgers broke his collarbone, and it becomes more clear every week how much of their underlying problems the two-time MVP covered up.

For the course of three hours on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers couldn't find the end zone against the Baltimore Ravens. "They're forcing the quarterback to play with a different time clock", Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. If only that translated into a few more wins in Baltimore.

OK, with that out of the way, let's grimace, put our hands over our face, peek through our fingers and take a look back at the sports massacre suffered on Sunday at Lambeau Field, Green Bay's third straight home loss and its first time being shutout since 2006.

The defense's adversity was tested from the first series of the game, and yet the Packers gave up only 13 combined points off the five turnovers. One quarter later - after the Ravens completed their sixth first half without an offensive touchdown this season - Flacco again threw a pass to a receiver who wasn't open, but Wallace made his miraculous catch. We are all part of it. Brett Hundley is part of that too.

Baltimore would force four more turnovers during the rest of the game, as they were able to pick off Hundley two more times and forced a pair of fumbles. Then, Michael Campanaro returned a punt 28 yards to the Packers 30 with 1:37 left in the half, but the Ravens couldn't get a first down and settled for a 39-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

NOTES: Packers WR Jordy Nelson moved into third place on the team's all-time receptions list with a first-series catch. Hundley was bad, but plenty of National Football League teams don't have Rodgers-caliber quarterbacks, and they still find a way not to be shutout at home against a middling opponent favored by just 2.5 points. Well, technically speaking. Weddle said the pocket presence, quick throws and mannerisms look similar. Collins entered the game with the NFL's third-highest average among running backs at 5.9 yards per rush. The Packers also have more depth on the outside with veteran Ahmad Brooks returning from a back injury, and rookie Vince Biegel back from a foot injury. The Ravens have the league's worst passing attack (165.7 yards) though they hope to build on the bright spot of two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the loss to the Titans two weeks ago.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco insisted during the bye week that the offense had to be more aggressive. Woodhead hasn't played since suffering a hamstring injury during the opening drive of the season opener against Cincinnati.

Even without Rodgers, I think Green Bay have enough to take the win here.

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