Sunday, October 13, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Green Bay Packers
By Rob Demovsky
BALTIMORE -- A few thoughts on the Green Bay Packers’ 19-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens:
What it means: The Packers got their first road win of the season and moved over .500 at 3-2, but it may have come at a tremendous cost. The Packers lost two of their top three receivers -- Randall Cobb and James Jones -- to injuries in the first half. Cobb sustained a right knee injury in the second quarter, after Jones had dropped out with a left leg injury in the first quarter. It left the Packers with only two healthy receivers, Jordy Nelson and backup Jarrett Boykin.
Stock watch: The Packers' defense came up with two critical stops to the keep Green Bay in front. Defensive tackle Mike Daniels and cornerback Micah Hyde combined to stuff Ravens running back Bernard Pierce on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the second quarter. In the third quarter, they held the Ravens on third-and-goal from the 5 and forced a field goal.
Lacy again: After missing his first 100-yard rushing game by just 1 yard a week earlier against Detroit, Eddie Lacy got there against a stout Ravens defense, which came in ranked sixth in the league against the run. Lacy rushed for 123 yards on 20 carries.
Shot play: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers struggled most of the day, facing heavy pressure from the Ravens’ pass-rushers, but he still managed to hit on a shot play down the field to Nelson in the third quarter. On a play-action rollout to the right, Nelson beat cornerback Lardarius Webb for a 64-yard touchdown catch. Nelson and tight end Jermichael Finley were the only receivers out in routes on the play. Rodgers threw it 61 yards in the air, from his own 27 to the Ravens’ 12, where Nelson caught it in stride.
What’s next: The Packers play another AFC North team, the Cleveland Browns, on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Packers are 1-1 against that division, having lost in Week 3 at Cincinnati.