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The Green Bay Packers’ offense led by QB Aaron Rodgers has put over 37 points on the scoreboard in each of their last three outings, he and his favorite WR target Davante Adams playing like the NFC’s number one playoff seed they are, which makes a win here critical to keep that spot since it means a week one playoff bye plus home-field advantage at Lambeau.
Despite Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson leaving the game early last week after hurting his ankle, head coach John Harbaugh has made it clear that he intends to start Jackson under center for this one so count on the Ravens offensive game plan to reflect their QB’s somewhat limited mobility, their 18th ranked defense needing to step up big time here if they expect a W.
These two cross-conference rivals have only faced each other 6 other times, with the Baltimore Ravens winning 2 of those games and the Green Bay Packers winning 4 of the games.
With over a half dozen of their secondary out with injuries, the Baltimore Ravens pass defense is susceptible to an attack, something that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers should be able to take full advantage of, especially given his special connection with WR Davante Adams (below).
The Ravens are ranked 31st in the league against the pass after allowing opponents to throw for 266 yards per game, and that is the type of vulnerability that future Hall of Fame QB Rodgers is apt to take advantage of using his veteran football IQ to pinpoint the other team’s weaknesses.
Watch for Rodgers to include other targets on the day, including Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, and rookie Amari Rodgers, plus he should continue to get production from tight ends Marcedes Lewis and Tyler Davis, all set for a possible big day given who they are facing.
Last week on a scramble out of the pocket during a loss to the Cleveland Browns, Ravens star QB Lamar Jackson was tackled and injured his ankle, an injury serious enough to keep him out of the rest of that game, now listed as questionable to play in this one.
Head coach John Harbaugh downplayed the injury and seemed fairly confident that Jackson will be able to suit up for this one on Sunday, but even if he is healthy enough to suit up, chances are his play will be affected as he deals with the immobility that comes with a tender ankle.
This season, Jackson is the main reason why his Ravens always have a shot to win even when they have found themselves behind on the scoreboard, and his 133 carries for 767 yards and 2 touchdowns will be tough production to lose against this Packers team’s effective rush.
Now in his eighth NFL season (all with the Green Bay Packers), wide receiver Davante Adams is considered one of the best receivers in the league right now, is ability to run crisp patterns and get open and earn yards after the catch turning the heads of fans and fellow players alike.
Adams has impressive receiver size at 6 1” and 215 pounds, the Fresno State alum now 28 years old, and this season he and QB Aaron Rodgers have connected constantly, so far with 90 catches off 128 targets for 1,204 yards and 7 touchdowns, a huge part of this Packers offense.
Keep an eye on Adams the rare times he is guarded one on one, because that is usually when he and Rodgers make eye contact at the line and then he runs a deep route and often it ends up as a huge catch, the two with an uncanny football connection together.
After losing starting running backs J.K Dobbins (knee – ACL) and Gus Edwards (knee – ACL) to injury at the start of the season, the Baltimore Ravens’ rushing attack has seen a revolving door of potential playmakers, the group ranked 3rd best in the NFL right now.
A big part of that next man up movement in Baltimore is Devonta Freeman, the veteran running back who has been in the league since 2014, first with the Atlanta Falcons and then with the New York Giants and now a part of this Ravens makeshift ground game.
This season, Freeman, a 5’ 8” 206-pound product of Florida State, has become a dual-threat option for the Ravens, so far with 102 carries for 440 yards and 4 touchdowns along with 28 catches off 36 targets for 178 yards and a touchdown, a key player to watch for in this matchup.
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|Packers vs Ravens Information|
|What||Green Bay Packers vs Baltimore Ravens|
|Where||M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD|
|When||Sunday, December 19, 2021; 4:25 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX|
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