Predicting Packers’ next four games from Weeks 12 to 16

Green Bay Packers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Week 15: at Baltimore Ravens

It all comes down to which Green Bay defense turns up in Week 15. If we see the defense that limited the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Seattle Seahawks in consecutive weeks, they have a great chance in this game. If it’s the defense that allowed 34 points to the Minnesota Vikings, it could be a long day versus the Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens’ offense is No. 3 in total yards, led by former NFL MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson. His rushing ability will clearly be the main concern for defensive coordinator Joe Barry — Jackson is on pace for his third straight 1,000-yard rushing season.

Where the Ravens have struggled is in pass defense. They are allowing 281.1 passing yards per contest. Only the New York Jets are allowing more. That could be good news for Aaron Rodgers.

This will be a good test for the Packers’ defense. Hopefully by Week 15 they will at least have Rashan Gary back, even if it’s still too soon for Za’Darius Smith and Jaire Alexander. Time will tell.

While this should be a close game and the Packers are good enough to win, I have them falling just short on the road against one of the AFC’s best teams.

Prediction: Baltimore 31, Green Bay 27 (10-4)