Both standout LB Clay Matthews and CB Casey Hayward are listed as out for the game. Additionally, LB Brad Jones, OL Greg Van Roten and RB James Starks will also miss the interleague tilt. The injuries do not bode well for Green Bay as they face the defending Super Bowl champs on the road.
Baltimore has listed 10 players as “questionable,” including NT Haloti Ngata, WR Jacoby Jones, S Michael Huff, DE Marcus Spears and WR Brandon Stokley. The Packers are meeting the Ravens at a time that their defense is starting to jell and is nothing like that same unit that got shredded by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Week 1. The Packers offensive line will need to protect QB Aaron Rodgers and the revitalized running attack needs to keep the fierce pass rush led by ends Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil from meeting at the Packers QB in ill humor early and often.
A strong Packers running attack, led by rookie Eddie Lacy, could keep the defense on its heels and run some clock for Green Bay.
On the defensive side of the ball, it will be important for OLBs Mike Neal and Nick Perry to generate some rush to make Ravens QB Joe Flacco look like the usually inconsistent QB that he has shown in the past. The Ravens can be taken at home but Green Bay will have to be at the top of their game, while missing two key defensive players.