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Green Bay Packers vs. Baltimore Ravens Preview and Predictions

Ultimately, Aaron Rodgers' relationship with Mike McCarthy deteriorated, and that led to his eventual departure after thirteen seasons as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. And now the organization has reached out to a quarterback "guru," Matt LaFleur, who they hope will bring some of that Sean McVay success formula from his previous stop with the Los Angeles Rams. As LaFleur begins his new journey - while recovering from a torn Achilles, we might add - many observers are wondering how he will ultimately mesh with his star quarterback. 

The Baltimore Ravens have been a rather profitable pre-season team for their backers, and they certainly reinforced that in last week's game against Jacksonville. Last year Joe Flacco was holding onto his starting job in camp. But now the offense belongs to Lamar Jackson, the former Heisman Trophy winner who is the #1 man from Day One. 

On Thursday night, the Packers visit the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. 

TV: 7:30 PM ET, Local/ Regional coverage, NFL Network (replay).  LINE: Ravens -5   O/U: 37.5

ABOUT THE PACKERS: Green Bay held off the Houston Texans in the preseason opener, registering a 28-26 victory. DeShone Kizer, the former Notre Dame quarterback, took most of the snaps and completed 8-of-13 for 102 yards. Another former member of the Fighting Irish, sixth-round draft pick Dexter Williams, had 62 yards on the ground. The Packers are looking for some running back depth behind Aaron Jones, who averaged a robust 5.5 yards per carry last season. Jones, by the way, had been out of action since July 31 with a hamstring issue but returned to practice this week. The rookie who stood out on the defensive end was inside linebacker Ty Summers, the seventh-round pick from TCU who was in on ten tackles. But he wore down late, and according to coach Matt LaFleur, the team missed 24 tackles which allowed the Texans 164 additional yards. LaFleur says that Rodgers and the rest of the starters will play "a quarter or so" on Thursday night's game. 



ABOUT THE RAVENS: It was a mismatch from the word "go" against Jacksonville last week, in a 29-0 blowout victory for the Ravens. Lamar Jackson ran the offense for three possessions, completing four of six passes and directing two scoring drives (TD and field goal). But the story was the Ravens' defense, as the Jaguars managed just 112 net yards. It was ugly for J-Ville and beautiful for Baltimore, which won its fourteenth consecutive pre-season game. Jackson claims much better command over the offense this year, and it has been tailored more toward his skills, rather than the drop-back style of Joe Flacco. Marquise Brown, the explosive little receiver out of Oklahoma who was the team's first-round draft pick, may not be ready to play yet, but he is moving close to full speed. Brown had Lisfranc foot surgery in January and only got into his first practice on August 10. When healthy, he's a starter. Patrick “Peanut” Onwuasor and Chris Board, who began their careers as undrafted free agents but might both start at linebacker this year, and they've drawn rave reviews. Brian Baldinger, analysts for NFL Network, says they are "Crazy good. We’ve got to start talking about them -- a lot.”

EXTRA POINTS 

1. Aaron Rodgers who drew some fire for criticizing the decision to have joint practices with the Texans, which probably angered management, actually sits on the other side of the table when it comes to the NBA, as he is a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks. 

2. John Harbaugh of the Ravens is one of the NFL's most consistent coaches when it comes to covering in the pre-season, with a sizzling 31-15 record (67.4%) against the number. 

3. Inside linebacker Oren Burks, a projected starter for the Packers has suffered a torn pectoral muscle and will miss significant time, perhaps the entire season.   


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Last Injuries

Baltimore Ravens

  • Ronnie Stanley

    Concussion
    Doub Thurs | doubtful

    Stanley is dealing with a concussion, and he is not expected to pass protocol in time for Thursday's tilt versus the Jets.

  • Jihad Ward

    Elbow
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Ward is bothered by an elbow injury, and it is undetermined if he will take the field against the Jets on Thursday.

  • Chris Board

    Concussion
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Board was removed from the previous game due to a concussion. It is undetermined if he will face the Jets on Thursday.

  • Mark Andrews

    Thigh
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Andrews sat out the previous game with a thigh contusion. It is not expected to impede his status for Thursday's contest with the Jets.

  • Ben Powers

    Thumb
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Power has missed the past three games due to a thumb injury, and it is unclear if he will return Thursday against the Jets.

  • Anthony Levine

    Ankle
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Levine left the last game with a low-ankle sprain, and it is unknown if he will play against the Jets on Thursday.

  • Lamar Jackson

    Quadricep
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Jackson is projected to suit up against the Jets on Thursday despite a quadriceps injury.

  • Brynden Trawick

    Arm
    Prob Sun | probable

    Trawick has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after healing from an arm injury. It is anticipated that he will return Sunday against the Bills.

Green Bay Packers

  • Kevin King

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    King sat out the previous game with a shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Bears in Week 15.

  • Tony Brown

    Heel
    day-to-day | questionable

    Brown has missed the past two games with a heel injury, and it is unclear if he will play Week 15 against the Bears.

  • Ryan Grant

    Illness
    day-to-day | questionable

    Grant was held out of the last game due to an illness, and it is uncertain if he will be healthy enough for Week 15 versus the Bears.

  • Montravius Adams

    Illness
    day-to-day | questionable

    Adams departed the previous game with an illness. It is uncertain if he will face the Beard during Week 15.

  • Billy Turner

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Turner is ailing from an illness, leaving his availability for Sunday's clash against the Redskins in question.

  • Jamaal Williams

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Williams is saddled with a knee injury, but it is expected that he will be on the field against the Redskins on Sunday.

  • Bryan Bulaga

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bulaga is dealing with a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Redskins on Sunday.

  • Will Redmond

    Foot
    Prob Sun | probable

    Redmond sat out the last game due to a foot injury, but he is projected to be available Sunday against the Redskins.

baltimore-ravens Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Robert Griffin III 1 0 144.444 12 6 6 0 0 0 1 55
Lamar Jackson 3 3 113.875 83 100 63 0 6 33 7 863
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Mark Ingram II 3 3 257 49 43 5
Lamar Jackson 3 3 172 19 27 1
Gus Edwards 3 0 120 15 27 0
Anthony Levine 3 0 60 60 1 0
Justice Hill 3 0 32 13 9 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Marquise Brown 3 3 282 83 14 27 2
Mark Andrews 3 0 235 39 19 24 2
Nick Boyle 3 2 98 23 8 11 0
Willie Snead IV 3 2 93 33 6 9 1
Mark Ingram II 3 3 62 20 6 6 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Patrick Onwuasor 3 3 13 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
Anthony Averett 3 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Brandon Carr 3 3 9 2 0 0 0 0 3 1 7 1
Marlon Humphrey 3 2 9 3 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 2
Matthew Judon 3 3 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 23 4
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Justin Tucker 3 0 5 5 51 11 11
Kaare Vedvik 1 1 0 1 0 1 0
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Justice Hill 3 0 5 0 26 102
Tyler Ervin 3 1 3 0 21 58
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Mark Andrews 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Matt Skura 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Bethel 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Marshal Yanda 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Mark Ingram II 3 3 30 0 0 0 0 0 5
Justin Tucker 3 0 26 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Andrews 3 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Marquise Brown 3 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Hayden Hurst 3 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Cyrus Jones 3 1 5 4 25 74
Tyler Ervin 3 1 2 0 6 6

green-bay-packers Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Aaron Rodgers 4 4 95.377 58 146 91 1 8 63 6 1069
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Aaron Jones 4 4 195 15 59 4
Jamaal Williams 4 1 87 12 26 0
Aaron Rodgers 4 4 53 14 10 0
Geronimo Allison 4 0 7 7 1 0
Danny Vitale 4 2 3 3 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Davante Adams 4 4 378 58 25 36 0
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 4 4 217 47 16 28 1
Jimmy Graham 4 1 91 16 9 16 2
Geronimo Allison 4 0 76 31 8 11 2
Aaron Jones 4 4 75 15 12 15 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Blake Martinez 4 4 33 14 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 3
Adrian Amos 4 4 16 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1
Darnell Savage 4 4 15 2 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
Kevin King 4 3 13 4 0 0 1 0 4 1 2 1
Jaire Alexander 4 4 11 5 1 1 0 0 6 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Mason Crosby 4 1 5 6 42 10 10
Sam Ficken 2 0 1 1 46 2 2
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Aaron Rodgers 4 4 2 2 0 0 0 0
Aaron Jones 4 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
Geronimo Allison 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Dean Lowry 4 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
Jaire Alexander 4 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Mason Crosby 4 1 25 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Jones 4 4 24 0 0 0 0 0 4
Geronimo Allison 4 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Jimmy Graham 4 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Jamaal Williams 4 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Trevor Davis 2 1 3 7 1 1
Darrius Shepherd 2 0 1 4 0 0