College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Cheese heads will be on the loose tonight as the Green Bay Packers (7-4) host the Baltimore Ravens (6-5) tonight in the NFL Monday night-er. There are only four weeks left in the schedule so you know this game has some serious play off implications. The Packers come into this one winners of their last three. During that time quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been phenomenal. He’s thrown for 881 yards, six touchdowns, but more importantly zero interceptions. In fact Rodgers has been pretty good the entire season. He ranks in the top ten for passing yards, completion percentage and touchdowns passes. It’s surprising Rodgers hasn’t missed any time yet this season. Although he’s among the top QBs in the league in most productive offensive stats, he’s also the most sacked quarterback in the NFL. He’s been dropped 44 times already. A couple of weeks ago the Packs defence was dealt a blow. They lost starting DE Aaron Kampman and corner back Al Harris to season-ending knee injuries. Kampman lead Green Bay in sacks and Harris was relied on to handle tough receiver assignments. Tough losses to a unit that has done well. The Packers are a +17 in turnover ratio. A win tonight would place Green Bay two games back of the division leading Minnesota Vikings and atop the race for a NFC Wild Card spot.
The Ravens have showed flashes of brilliance this year, but over the last couple of weeks they’ve been average. In the last five games they’re 3-2, with every win being sandwiched by a loss. The Ravens have always been about defence, but this year that unit has lost some of its bite. Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan took the head coaching job with the New York Jets and difference making linebacker Bart Scott followed his coach to the Big Apple. Baltimore is giving up 97.6 yards per game on the ground. The last time they gave up close to a hundred yards per game was back in 2005. They’re also giving up 211 yards per game through the air. Team captain Ray Lewis has been good, but his supporting cast is lacking. On offence, there’s been no bigger star then running back Ray Rice. Baltimore started the season rotating both Rice and Willis McGahee, but Rice has taken over as the starter. In his second season in the league, Rice has rushed for 821 yards, has 582 receiving yards and has scored seven touchdowns. With a W tonight the Ravens would be tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the final AFC Wild Card spot. The last time the Baltimore and Green Bay met was in fact on Monday night. The Ravens blew out the Packers 48-3 back in December 2005, the most lopsided win in Monday night history.