Green Bay Packers vs. Baltimore Ravens: 2013 Game 5
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
The Packers haven’t won a road game since December 2012 at Chicago. While this isn’t the same Ravens team that won a Super Bowl back in February, they are still tough at home and are unbeaten in two games there this season.
The last time the Packers were at M&T Bank Stadium was in 2005 on Monday Night Football. The Ravens stomped Green Bay 48-3 and it was one of the top five worst losses in Packers history. It was quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ rookie season and he came in to relieve Brett Favre. Rodgers threw an interception of his own in the losing effort.
The Packers won the last matchup in 2009 at Lambeau Field, also a Monday Nighter, forcing three Joe Flacco interceptions. It was one of Flacco’s worst career games, as he posted a quarterback rating of just 27.2.
Ravens LT Eugene Monroe will make his Ravens debut since being traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Monroe replaces incumbent Bryant McKinnie, who is inactive today.
Today’s captains for the Packers: - OG T.J. Lang (offense), S Morgan Burnett (defense) and WR Jarrett Boykin (special teams).
Inactives for today:
Green Bay Packers
24 CB Jarrett Bush
29 CB Casey Hayward
44 RB James Starks
52 LB Clay Matthews
59 LB Brad Jones
64 G/C Greg Van Roten
93 DE Josh Boyd
62 NT Terrence Cody
76 G/T Jah Reid
77 C Ryan Jensen
78 T Bryant McKinnie
80 WR Brandon Stokley
94 OLB John Simon
96 DE Marcus Spears
Weather today: May rain. Need to be aware of it, especially wind. Practice wet ball security during the week.
Adjusting without Matthews and B. Jones: A lot of moving parts with guys out. Perry will move to the right side with Neal on the left at OLB. Jamari Lattimore is ready to go. It’s an opportunity. Has done a great job on special teams.
Run game: Run game is a work in progress. Good job up front. Making good adjustments and communication is good. Running backs have picked it up. Doing it with different runners.