The Green Bay Packers survived injuries to two of their top receivers to deliver a slim victory over the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. The Packers leaned on rookie running back Eddie Lacy, who delivered a robust 120 yards on the ground, and a stout run defense to secure the win. Inside linebacker A.J. Hawk had one of his finest games since joining the Packers with three sacks and ten tackles to help offset the loss of Clay Matthews who is currently sidelined with a broken thumb. Ravens running back Ray Rice was constantly bottled up in the backfield as he rushed for only 34 yards on 14 carries which has been the norm for the Green Bay defensive unit this year. The Packers are currently allowing 78.2 rushing yards per contest ranking third in the NFL. The key to this strong showing is the 1000 pounds of defensive line (B.J. Raji 337 lbs, Johnny Jolly 325 lbs, Ryan Pickett 340 lbs) who occupy the opposing teams offensive lineman allowing the Packer linebackers to charge in and make plays.
The high powered Packer offense continued to struggle in the red zone. The Baltimore defense has played pretty solid since the week one drubbing by Peyton Manning and continued the solid play throughout this game as Aaron Rodgers was continuously harassed with pressure up the middle. Wide receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb both suffered apparent knee injuries in the first half which left Green Bay with just two healthy players at the position. The key play on offense for the Packers was a finely executed play action pass from Rodgers to speedy Jordy Nelson for a 64 yard touchdown. With the Packers up 16-3 to start the fourth quarter Joe Flacco mounted a comeback by throwing two TD passes, one to Jacoby Jones and the other to Dallas Clark the latter coming after a key fourth and 21 conversion by the Ravens. Flacco ended the game 20 for 34 with 342 yards and two touchdowns.
James Jones (sprained PCL) might miss week 7
Randall Cobb (fractured fibula) out 6-8 weeks
Nick Perry (broken foot) may return this year