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By Matt Vensel | October 14, 2013
This time a year ago, Lardarius Webb was developing into one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a Week 6 victory. Webb was playing so well at the time, I wrote that losing him was more significant than losing Ray Lewis , who was also hurt that week. A year later, Webb is back in the starting lineup with six games under his belt, but he understandably is not playing at the high level he had been before the injury, when it looked like he might make the Pro Bowl.
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By Matt Vensel | October 14, 2013
This time a year ago, Lardarius Webb was developing into one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a Week 6 victory. Webb was playing so well at the time, I wrote that losing him was more significant than losing Ray Lewis , who was also hurt that week. A year later, Webb is back in the starting lineup with six games under his belt, but he understandably is not playing at the high level he had been before the injury, when it looked like he might make the Pro Bowl.
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October 13, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors give their thoughts on the Ravens' loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 6 of the NFL season. Matt Vensel, reporter: It wasn't the shootout many of us expected -- at least not until the fourth quarter -- but the Ravens lost a tough one at home. The defense did all it could for the first three quarters until it ran out of gas when the final stops were needed. The offense ended up putting up some impressive numbers, but it struggled for much of the game, particularly the running game.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2013
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers already had his strategy mapped out for how to attack Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb before he lobbed a deep touchdown pass over his head to wide receiver Jordy Nelson on Sunday. Rodgers sold a play-action fake to running back Eddie Lacy to get the Ravens to shift toward his left. Then, he adeptly rolled out to his right and delivered a 64-yard touchdown to a wide-open Nelson streaking past Webb down the middle. "I had just scrambled on the previous play, and Jordy had just ran a deep route," Rodgers said.
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By Matt Vensel | June 27, 2013
In eager anticipation of the 2013 NFL season, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will take a daily look at one of the 13 opponents on the Ravens' regular-season schedule. Today is the Green Bay Packers. The Ravens' Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers figures to be one of the most anticipated games on their regular-season schedule, particularly among those played at M&T Bank Stadium. The Packers, led by former MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, won the Super Bowl three years ago and are perennial contenders in the NFC. The Ravens, led by Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco, are the reigning champions and are perennial contenders in the AFC. Fans of offensive football should be looking forward to this one. I know I am. Recapping 2012: Despite being robbed of one win by the replacement refs, the Packers finished 11-5 last season and won the NFC North.
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By Matt Vensel | October 16, 2012
Each week, Baltimore Sun reporters Aaron Wilson and Matt Vensel will look back at the Ravens' previous game and that of their next opponent. Packers 42, Texans 24 Strategy: The Houston Texans are one of the most balanced offensive teams in the league, and they want to run the ball with Arian Foster then make you pay with play-action. But they fell behind early to the Packers and had to rely more on quick passes while taking a few deep shots down the field. On defense, they are reminiscent of the Dallas Cowboys in that they use a 3-4 base defense and their cornerbacks use bump-and-run coverage down the field.
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September 4, 2012
Packers vs. Ravens Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune In the NFL, the team with the best quarterback usually has the best chance of going all the way. So that's why the Packers have to be the favorite in the NFC. Aaron Rodgers is on top of his game and clearly was the NFL's finest passer in 2011. The Packers also were the NFL's best team for the entire regular season, winning 15 games. They might not win 15 again, but they could win the ones that count this time. In the AFC, it could come down to the Patriots, who have the best quarterback in their conference in Tom Brady, and the Ravens.
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By Mark Maske, The Washington Post | September 16, 2013
- A season that began with such promise for the Washington Redskins has unraveled in rapid fashion. The team's record dropped to 0-2 here Sunday, and they looked stunningly overmatched in the process, surrendering the game's first 31 points as the Green Bay Packers coasted to a 38-20 victory at Lambeau Field. "We knew in order to win here in this venue, we had to play one of our better games," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "And obviously we didn't do that today. I thought we almost had to play error-free football, play one of our better games, and we probably did just the opposite in the first half.
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By Matt Vensel | October 9, 2013
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was having a quiet day as a receiver Sunday, but Cobb found another way to spark the Packers in the third quarter of their 22-9 victory over the Detroit Lions. On the first play of one drive, the Packers sent three wide receivers and two tight ends out onto the field. But instead of spreading all five players across the line of scrimmage as receivers, they caught the Lions off guard by lining up Cobb in the backfield next to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was in the shotgun.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
Now that the NFL season is here, I'm putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I hope to enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens' opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails with Zach Kruse, who blogs about the Packers for Cheesehead TV . MV: The Packers were my Super Bowl pick, so you're welcome for the kiss of death. But right now, what are we to make of a Packers team that has two wins and lost to two good teams on the road?
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October 13, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors give their thoughts on the Ravens' loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 6 of the NFL season. Matt Vensel, reporter: It wasn't the shootout many of us expected -- at least not until the fourth quarter -- but the Ravens lost a tough one at home. The defense did all it could for the first three quarters until it ran out of gas when the final stops were needed. The offense ended up putting up some impressive numbers, but it struggled for much of the game, particularly the running game.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
RAVENS PASSING GAME: In the Ravens' three wins, quarterback Joe Flacco has been more game manager than prolific passer, averaging 217 passing yards and throwing for one touchdown. Help for Flacco should be on the way with Eugene Monroe's insertion into the starting lineup at left tackle and the potential return of wide receivers Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown. The one constant for Flacco has been Torrey Smith who is third in the NFL with 556 receiving yards. Red-zone production has been an issue.
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By Matt Vensel | October 9, 2013
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was having a quiet day as a receiver Sunday, but Cobb found another way to spark the Packers in the third quarter of their 22-9 victory over the Detroit Lions. On the first play of one drive, the Packers sent three wide receivers and two tight ends out onto the field. But instead of spreading all five players across the line of scrimmage as receivers, they caught the Lions off guard by lining up Cobb in the backfield next to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was in the shotgun.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
Now that the NFL season is here, I'm putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I hope to enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens' opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails with Zach Kruse, who blogs about the Packers for Cheesehead TV . MV: The Packers were my Super Bowl pick, so you're welcome for the kiss of death. But right now, what are we to make of a Packers team that has two wins and lost to two good teams on the road?
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By Mark Maske, The Washington Post | September 16, 2013
- A season that began with such promise for the Washington Redskins has unraveled in rapid fashion. The team's record dropped to 0-2 here Sunday, and they looked stunningly overmatched in the process, surrendering the game's first 31 points as the Green Bay Packers coasted to a 38-20 victory at Lambeau Field. "We knew in order to win here in this venue, we had to play one of our better games," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "And obviously we didn't do that today. I thought we almost had to play error-free football, play one of our better games, and we probably did just the opposite in the first half.
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By Matt Vensel | June 27, 2013
In eager anticipation of the 2013 NFL season, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will take a daily look at one of the 13 opponents on the Ravens' regular-season schedule. Today is the Green Bay Packers. The Ravens' Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers figures to be one of the most anticipated games on their regular-season schedule, particularly among those played at M&T Bank Stadium. The Packers, led by former MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, won the Super Bowl three years ago and are perennial contenders in the NFC. The Ravens, led by Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco, are the reigning champions and are perennial contenders in the AFC. Fans of offensive football should be looking forward to this one. I know I am. Recapping 2012: Despite being robbed of one win by the replacement refs, the Packers finished 11-5 last season and won the NFC North.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2013
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers already had his strategy mapped out for how to attack Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb before he lobbed a deep touchdown pass over his head to wide receiver Jordy Nelson on Sunday. Rodgers sold a play-action fake to running back Eddie Lacy to get the Ravens to shift toward his left. Then, he adeptly rolled out to his right and delivered a 64-yard touchdown to a wide-open Nelson streaking past Webb down the middle. "I had just scrambled on the previous play, and Jordy had just ran a deep route," Rodgers said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
RAVENS PASSING GAME: In the Ravens' three wins, quarterback Joe Flacco has been more game manager than prolific passer, averaging 217 passing yards and throwing for one touchdown. Help for Flacco should be on the way with Eugene Monroe's insertion into the starting lineup at left tackle and the potential return of wide receivers Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown. The one constant for Flacco has been Torrey Smith who is third in the NFL with 556 receiving yards. Red-zone production has been an issue.
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By Matt Vensel | October 16, 2012
Each week, Baltimore Sun reporters Aaron Wilson and Matt Vensel will look back at the Ravens' previous game and that of their next opponent. Packers 42, Texans 24 Strategy: The Houston Texans are one of the most balanced offensive teams in the league, and they want to run the ball with Arian Foster then make you pay with play-action. But they fell behind early to the Packers and had to rely more on quick passes while taking a few deep shots down the field. On defense, they are reminiscent of the Dallas Cowboys in that they use a 3-4 base defense and their cornerbacks use bump-and-run coverage down the field.
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September 4, 2012
Packers vs. Ravens Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune In the NFL, the team with the best quarterback usually has the best chance of going all the way. So that's why the Packers have to be the favorite in the NFC. Aaron Rodgers is on top of his game and clearly was the NFL's finest passer in 2011. The Packers also were the NFL's best team for the entire regular season, winning 15 games. They might not win 15 again, but they could win the ones that count this time. In the AFC, it could come down to the Patriots, who have the best quarterback in their conference in Tom Brady, and the Ravens.
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