The Baltimore Ravens traveled to Lambeau field to face the Green Bay Packers in week 11. The Ravens’ defense was about as dominant as a defense could be in this game while the offense struggled for a vast majority of this matchup. Below are six takeaways from the Ravens 23-0 win over Green Bay.
1. The Ravens’ offense line struggled without Ronnie Stanley
Although Joe Flacco was only sacked three times, the pocket was collapsing on seemingly every play. James Hurst and Austin Howard both had poor performances, which hurt the offense immensely. In addition, Ryan Jensen had an up and down performance. His low point of the game was when he snapped the ball while Flacco was attempting to call a timeout, not to mention, the snap was high. Ultimately, that error cost the Ravens at least three points. The bottom line, the Ravens desperately need Stanley back in the lineup.
Who are the Baltimore Ravens?
After today’s shutout victory, they record their third shutout on the season. For a team with such a stout defense, you’d believe their record sits above .500; maybe even lead their division. Instead, they sit right at .500, ten games into their 2017 campaign.
Two completely different sides of the ball reflect the win/loss columns, which encapsulate this teams season: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.
At times, they’re a ravenous monster. They put up a herculean effort, shutting out Andy Dalton at home. They rack up a 40-0 beatdown against the Miami Dolphins. In Green Bay, they leave the field with zero points allowed.
But just as many times as they’ve claimed victory, they’ve suffered defeat. The Minnesota Vikings slapped around the Ravens offense, and scored touchdowns on the Ravens defense.
The Giants are really bad this season. They have just two wins. But that doesn’t mean much to the AFC West because both of those wins have come from their division. The latest just went down on a cold, windy day in New York with the Giants taking down the Chiefs 12-9.
The first win of the season for the Giants came against the Broncos, when the Giants were sitting at 0-5 and the Broncos were 3-2.
It was that win by the Giants that started out the Broncos’ current 5-game losing streak. It was a convincing win, too, with the Giants going into Denver and coming out with a 23-10 victory.
Today’s win wasn’t convincing. It wasn’t pretty by either team.
Despite the score, the Giants did score a touchdown. They just missed the extra point.
At 6-0, it allowed the Chiefs to tie it up with a couple field goals.
The Detroit Lions didn’t look good doing it, but for the third time this year, they came away with a road victory in the division. They are now 3-0 in division games away from Ford Field in 2017, and that spells history.
That’s huge for Detroit’s playoff chances, but it’s also a franchise mark they’ve never hit in the history of the team. 2017 marks the first time the Detroit Lions went undefeated in road games in the division, per Solomon Williams, who works in the communication department for the team.
The Lions have come close before. In fact, back in 2014, the Lions were a game away from sweeping the NFC North in both home and away games. But a Week 17 matchup in Lambeau prevented the Lions from winning the North and from getting the full sweep.
Detroit will get the opportunity to continue their sweep of the division next week.