The Green Bay Packers (10-3) can officially clinch the NFC North title with a win over the reeling Baltimore Ravens (8-5) on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. The Packers, now the top seed in the NFC, have won two games in a row, while the Ravens have lost two in a row but remain the leaders in the AFC North.
The Packers haven’t played in Baltimore since beating the Ravens 19-17 in 2013. The last meeting between the two teams ended in a 23-0 win for the Ravens at Lambeau Field in 2017 with Aaron Rodgers out. The Ravens have won 13 straight games against NFC teams, including all three games against the NFC North so far in 2021. The Packers won both previous games against the AFC North this year, beating the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.
In other MVP quarterback news, Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdown passes and zero interceptions in his last three games and now leads the NFL in passer rating.
Green Bay has been one of the top teams in the NFL this season, which was boosted by a seven-game winning streak early in the year. The Packers have responded from two losses in a three-game stretch by coming away victories in back-to-back contests. They recovered from an early deficit in a 45-30 win over Chicago last week. Green Bay beat the Rams the week prior, which is what propelled them into the conversation for the top seed in the NFC. All three of Green Bay’s losses have come on the road this season, so it will be looking to avoid the same fate on Sunday.
Baltimore does not have time to dwell on its consecutive losses to Pittsburgh and Cleveland. The Ravens held a comfortable lead in the AFC North prior to those setbacks, but they are now just one game ahead of the other three teams in the division in the loss column. They put themselves in a huge hole at Cleveland last week before a late run allowed them to cover the spread. Their regular-season schedule concludes with games against the Bengals, Rams and Steelers. Baltimore’s offense is averaging just 16.6 points per game over their last five games, which is a big drop-off from the 27.6 points that they were averaging.
One major storyline heading into this game is the health of quarterback Lamar Jackson, who suffered a sprained ankle on the first play of the second quarter against Cleveland. Jackson was replaced by Tyler Huntley, who finished with 270 passing yards and one touchdown. Huntley will make the start if Jackson (questionable) is unable to go. Jackson is the team’s leading rusher—running back Devonta Freeman is second with 102 carries for 440 yards and four touchdowns. Tight end Mark Andrews has a team-high 75 receptions for 926 yards and six touchdowns.
Pick Of The Game: Over 43.5 Points