When you looked at the schedule in the early part of the year, you might have seen this particular game as a potential Superbowl preview. The Packers heading into Baltimore to take on the Ravens is the kind of game that can get NFL pickers excited. So what do we think will happen in this one? Can Green Bay get a big win and push toward a nice place near the top of the NFC North? Can Baltimore continue to play well and try to back up its Superbowl win with a solid season? These are the big questions.
The Packers have struggled a little bit on the road this year, and this does constitute a tough trip. Even though Baltimore has struggled to start the year, they still have the goods to beat up on people at home. In order for Green Bay to win this game, they will need to score a lot of points, because without Clay Matthews, the Packers have little chance of completely stopping the Ravens. Can Green Bay score enough points to win or cover here?
Baltimore has started to run the ball a little bit better, but they have problems stopping the pass. This is the major question in this game for Baltimore. Can the Ravens slow down Aaron Rodgers enough to stay in this game? If you think they can do that, then you will probably back the Birds here. If you think the Baltimore pass defense is going to continue to struggle, then you will likely back the Pack. This game should be close, and the Packers have not been able to really step out and put teams away in the Aaron Rodgers era. That’s something to think about as you make your NFL picks this week.