Packers vs. Ravens: Live Grades and Analysis for Green Bay

Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 06:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers passes during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on October 6, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Green Bay would win 22-9.   (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers won their Week 6 battle against the Baltimore Ravens.

Final Score

Green Bay: 19

Baltimore: 17



Final analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: After struggling in the first half, despite losing Randall Cobb and James Jones, Aaron Rodgers found his groove through the air. Hitting wide receiver Jordy Nelson for a huge 64-yard touchdown reception opened things up for Green Bay's passing game.

Run Offense: With injuries to wide receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones, the Packers relied on Eddie Lacy to run the football. Racking up 120 yards on 23 carries, Lacy's work on the ground was a huge reason why Green Bay defeated Baltimore.

Pass Defense: Although Joe Flacco’s stats looked good on paper, Green Bay’s pass defense had a good day in Baltimore. Allowing star wide receiver Torrey Smith to haul in just a single reception, the Packers were able to slow down this Ravens offense enough to win the game.

Run Defense: It was one heck of a performance from this Green Bay run defense. Holding the Ravens to just 50 yards on the ground, the Packers controlled the line of scrimmage from the opening whistle.

Special Teams: It wasn't a good day for Green Bay's special teams unit. Highlighted by fullback John Kuhn mishandling a blocked punt, special teams looks like it’s going to be an area of concern for this Packers team.

Coaching: With Aaron Rodgers under constant pressure, Mike McCarthy made some great second-half adjustments, giving his quarterback more time in the pocket. Rodgers responded with a strong second half that included a 64-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson.

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 13: Place kicker Mason Crosby #2 of the Green Bay Packers kicks a field goal against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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First-half analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Facing a significant amount of pressure from the Baltimore defense, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay pass offense really struggled in the first half, throwing for just 99 yards. Green Bay needs to give Rodgers more time in the pocket if they expect anything to improve.

Run Offense: Although Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy ripped off a 37-yard run early, he struggled to get anything going after that against Baltimore's tough run defense.

Pass Defense: Superb pass coverage and constant pressure kept Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense in-check. Outside of one big catch by tight end Dallas Clark, the Packers have shut down this Ravens passing game.

Run Defense: Green Bay’s run defense has been outstanding. Their half was highlighted by a huge goal-line stand, and holding the Ravens to just 21 yards rushing has ruined their offensive flow. Linebacker A.J. Hawk has been everywhere, racking up five tackles, two sacks and three tackles for losses.

Special Teams: It was a rough first half for this Green Bay special teams unit. After blocking a punt, fullback John Kuhn made a huge error when he attempted to pick up the loose football. That mistake led to the Ravens getting a fresh set of downs on offense.

Coaching: Understanding the pressure his quarterback is under, head coach Mike McCarthy did his best to give Aaron Rodgers more protection by inserting fullback John Kuhn into a bunch of passing formations.