Ravens Shut Out Packers Behind Dominating Defense
The Baltimore Ravens beat the Green Bay Packers today 23-0 in what was a defensive matchup. Quick humble brag that all but one of my predictions came true. I predicted the benching of Breshad Perriman, Alex Collins’ first touchdown, and how dominating the defense was. But as I digress, here are some instant reactions to today’s game.
This Ravens’ defense is one of the more dominating in years. Yes they went up against a back up quarterback in Brett Hundley and a third string running back, but they made play after play.
The defense forced five turnovers for the third time this season. Eric Weddle, Jimmy Smith, and rookie Marlon Humphrey all had interceptions. The Ravens also forced three fumbles while recovering two. They also had six sacks as Matthew Judon, Willie Henry, and Terrell Suggs all had two.
The biggest feat is that this is the Ravens’ third forced shutout this season, which is the second most in team history behind the 2000 squad which had four. In the last 30 years, four other teams achieved this feat, and three of those four went on to win the Super Bowl.
As dominating as the defense was, the offense continued to lag behind. Alex Collins finally scored his first touchdown of the year and Mike Wallace had an amazing one handed catch for a touchdown, but they only had two scoring drives off the five turnovers.
The offense continues to be predictable as can be. Whenever they have two or more tight ends on the field, it’s a run 99% of the time. Joe Flacco did have a terrible redzone interception, where he threw a deep ball to Danny Woodhead as he was covered by Ha-Ha Clinton Dix.
Even though Flacco was sacked three times today, I am willing to let that slide as left tackle Ronnie Stanley was out with a concussion, leaving James Hurst to take over.
As much as I wanna complain, the Ravens played great today. The comeback of Danny Woodhead is only going to help move the ball downfield and hopefully jumpstart this offense. This is the how the Ravens wanted to come out of the bye week. As long as the offense can start putting their foot in the pedal once they have a lead, the team should be able to make a deep run.
The Ravens have somewhat of a longer week, as they return to Baltimore to play the Houston Texans on Monday night. Until then Ravens fans, enjoy the win.