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As part of the NFL Weekly In-Depth Analysis series we present the clash between the Green Bay Packers and the Baltimore Ravens. This is a 1:00 PM EST game that will be played at M&T Bank Stadium as the 3-2 Baltimore Ravens host the 2-2 Green Bay Packers. Can Aaron Rodgers and the Packers overcome the Clay Mathews injury and win in Ravens country? Can Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and the Ravens hold serve at home? Here are the Vegas odds for the game and what the Sports Unbiased In-Depth Analysis Team believes will occur this Sunday. This week John Yeomans, “Coach” Mike Fabber and Mike Santangelo provide commentary on the game.
Vegas Odds: Green Bay minus 3, 47 1/2 u
Mike’s Pick: Both of these teams have something to prove this week. Even though both won their games last week, no one is really sure what we have in these two teams so far this season. The Ravens are the reigning Super Bowl champions, while the Packers, with Aaron Rodgers are always picked to be at, or near, the top in the NFC. And yet, neither of them has a great record to this point in the season and both teams have lost some games that they really should not have lost. The Ravens defense is starting to come around and the Packers defense just lost its best player for at least 3-4 weeks. However, I think that Aaron Rodgers with all of his weapons, including a now legitimate running game, will pick them apart this week, even at home. Final Score: Packers 27 Ravens 21
John’s Pick: Yes the Packers defense held a Calvin Johnson less Lions team to nine points, but now how will they perform without their ace pass rusher Clay Matthews, who’s nursing a broken thumb. Even with all the turnover in roster the Ravens seem to still have a team that can compete in this league with the defense pulling the weight with their exceptional run stopping (ranked 6th and has allowed only one touchdown), while also excelling at making quarterbacks eat the turf (ranked second in sacks with 19). The Packers offense is churning just fine with the Aaron Rodgers leading the team to an average of 29.5 points a game. Quietly the Packers have also fixed their problems running the ball (ranked fifth averaging 141 yards a game), making rookie Eddie Lacy’s clash against the Ravens defense very interesting. “Million Dollar Joe” has not shown the same magic ( five touchdowns eight interceptions) that he had during last season Super Bowl run, however Flacco is in the confines of “The Bank” where he plays better, and going against a disastrous Packers secondary (26th allowed nine touchdowns) I like his odds. Flacco should exploit the Packers defense with a good dose of Ray Rice and Torrey Smith, to go along with the Ravens defense playing tough enough against Aaron Rodgers to lead the Ravens to an upset win Final Score: Ravens 22 Packers 20
Coach’s Picks: A very important game for each team, Packers trying to play catch up being a half game behind the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. While the Ravens are trying to hang onto first in the AFC North having the edge in a three way tie with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns. Packers will be playing without its best defensive player in Clay Mathews it appears and that will change their game plan up dramatically. Joe Flacco will be happy to know the biggest QB killer will be on the sidelines for this game but will that be enough for him. He has 8 interceptions this year already with only 5 touchdown passes; I bet both of those numbers will go up this week. This is a tight contest to call but I think Aaron Rodgers will be too much for that Falcon defense, Packers win this game Final Score: Packers 31 Ravens 20.
There it is, Sports Unbiased has broken down a marquee game in week six of the NFL season. We have given you analysis, we have given you the odds and we even gave you the possible final score. Trust all the writers, trust a couple of the writers or just trust one. Find you favorites and come back for other editions of the Sports Unbiased marquee matchups. Now go forth and win your office pool, enjoy the game even have some fun on the morning line. Good luck and happy picking. See you next week.
Note: All odds courtesy of Vegas Insider Consensus