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On Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers will meet at 7:30 P.M ET at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The game will be the second preseason game for each team. Both Baltimore and Green Bay won their first game.
Packers Coming Off Big W
In their first preseason game, the Green Bay Packers had a lot of positives going for them. They dominated the game for three quarters, leading 28-10 at the start of the fourth quarter and eventually winning 28-26. While their offense was outgained by almost 200 yards (412 to 237), the Packers won the turnover battle 4 to 1 and the majority of the points they allowed came when their first and second-string defense was off the field.
Moving forward, Green Bay has to feel good about where they are on offense. Aaron Rodgers didn’t play in their first game but he’s someone they can count on regardless. In recent years, however, the No. 2 role has been an issue. DeShone Kizer may be ready this year, though, he was dynamite in Week 1, completing 8 of 13 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. Their No. 3, Tim Boyle, was equally as impressive, tossing two touchdown passes on just five attempts. Plus, the offensive line didn’t allow a sack the entire game.
Packers lead 14-10 at the Half 🧀
• Kizer: 8-13, 102 yards, TD, 111.7 QBR
• Offensive Line: zero sacks allowed
• Ty Summers: 9 tackles, 8 solo
• Defense: Two Forced Turnovers
• JK Scott: 3 punts, 151 yards#GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/zCp6WNK35X
— IKE Packers (@IKE_Packers) August 9, 2019
Against Baltimore, Green Bay looks poised to continue their fine play. They’re coming off what head coach Matt LaFleur called “the best practice he’s had all year” and they have a lot to build on.
The Packers recently signed FB Tommy Bohanon and he is ready to make a run at a roster spot after eight months on the free-agent market.
“It was one of those things where I was staying ready,” said Bohanon, who entered the league with the New York Jets as a seventh-round pick in 2013. “I was making sure in all my workouts that I was in shape and doing everything I could so whenever I did get a call, I was going to be ready.”
Baltimore Showing Strengths
Solid defense and the Baltimore Ravens have gone hand in hand for a long time. From the days of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed to their current squad, they play tough D in Baltimore and that’s not going to stop. The current group is coming off a 2018 season where they allowed the least yards and the second-least points per game. And, in their first preseason game, they pitched a complete shutout against Jacksonville, allowing just 112 yards of total offense (2.1 yards/play).
Lamar Jackson not showing any fear throwing in Ramsey’s direction pic.twitter.com/sm4q1eqE0h
— John Reid (@JohnReid64) August 5, 2019
Their defensive prowess goes to show you how disciplined they are, as does the fact that they only had four penalties in the first preseason game. Head coach John Harbaugh and the rest of the coaching staff could have another deep playoff run on their hand if their defense is as good as advertised. The offense is not quite as prolific, though, and big question marks are on Lamar Jackson in his second year. That said, Jackson silenced a lot of doubt in his preseason debut, nearly posting a perfect performance. He completed four passes (on six attempts) for 59 yards and a TD. He didn’t attempt a rush.
- 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
- 5-1 SU in their last 6 home games.
Green Bay is:
- 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
- 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur only played 6 of his 22 projected first-team starters in Week 1 of the preseason, so I don’t expect him to really mess with potential injuries in Week 2 either. Aaron Rodgers was among those who didn’t play in Week 1. On the flip side, the Ravens put a lot of their best guys out there during their 29-0 win against Jacksonville. Baltimore’s defensive success is systematic so don’t Green Bay’s reserve offense to move the ball freely against them. This pick is easy: lay the points at home with the Ravens against a Green Bay team still figuring things out under a first-year coach.
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens -5
Full-Game Total Pick
Baltimore’s defense, we know, is superb, but the Packers D also played well in the first week, allowing just 10 points in the first three quarters of action. That said, I expect this game to be a rough-and-tumble affair with few points and lots of nastiness. The two teams, after all, are coming off three games in a row where the under was the money pick, including their most recent meeting which saw the Ravens shut out Green Bay 23-0.
Prediction: Under 39