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Prediction time: Packers at Ravens

10/13/2013

BALTIMORE -- Joe Flacco is undefeated (10-0 record) against the NFC at home, and Aaron Rodgers is winless against defending Super Bowl champions (0-2 record).

So, it's a lock that the Baltimore Ravens are going to beat the Green Bay Packers, right? Not exactly. This game will be determined by timely plays, not historical trends.

The key battle is between the Ravens' fast-closing pass rush and Rodgers' rapid-fire release. If the Ravens can put pressure on Rodgers and keep him in the pocket, Baltimore has a solid chance of winning for the fourth time in five weeks. If Rodgers can get rid of the ball quickly, the Ravens are in trouble.

Here are the official ESPN predictions (with their prediction record for the Ravens in parentheses):

Jamison Hensley (4-1), Ravens team reporter: Packers 31-24. The Ravens' secondary looked too shaky Sunday, which tells me Baltimore will have trouble containing Rodgers and his talented receivers. The damage won't be Peyton Manning-like, but it'll still be too many points for a work-in-progress Ravens offense to match.

Rob Demovsky, Packers team reporter: Ravens 24-23

Eric Allen (2-3): Ravens

Mike Golic (4-1): Packers

Merril Hoge (2-3): Packers

Ron Jaworski (3-2): Packers

KC Joyner (2-3): Packers

Chris Mortensen (2-3): Ravens

Adam Schefter (2-3): Ravens

Mark Schlereth (3-2): Packers

Seth Wickersham (4-1): Ravens

Tom Jackson (1-4): Packers

Keyshawn Johnson (1-4): Packers

Mike Ditka (1-4): Packers

Cris Carter (2-3): Packers