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.”
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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- ConcussionDoub 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.
- ElbowQues Thurs | questionable
Ward is bothered by an elbow injury, and it is undetermined if he will take the field against the Jets on Thursday.
- ConcussionQues Thurs | questionable
Board was removed from the previous game due to a concussion. It is undetermined if he will face the Jets on Thursday.
- ThighProb 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.
- ThumbQues 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.
- AnkleQues 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.
- QuadricepProb Thurs | probable
Jackson is projected to suit up against the Jets on Thursday despite a quadriceps injury.
- ArmProb 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.
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- Shoulderday-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.
- Heelday-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.
- Illnessday-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.
- Illnessday-to-day | questionable
Adams departed the previous game with an illness. It is uncertain if he will face the Beard during Week 15.
- IllnessQues Sun | questionable
Turner is ailing from an illness, leaving his availability for Sunday's clash against the Redskins in question.
- KneeProb 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.
- KneeQues Sun | questionable
Bulaga is dealing with a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Redskins on Sunday.
- FootProb 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
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|Mark Ingram II||3||3||257||49||43||5|
|Willie Snead IV||3||2||93||33||6||9||1|
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green-bay-packers Stats 2019-2020