This is a big week for Matt Lafleur and company as they can check the first item off their season goal list. A win today at Baltimore will not only clinch a a playoff spot but can capture the NFC North title with a win. Once the team captures the NFC North crown they can solely focusing on being the number one seed in the NFC playoffs. Which would make the road to the Super Bowl going through Lambeau Field in January. Let’s take care of business first by winning today and capturing the division. Here is our game preview with everything you need to know.
Game Preview: Packers vs Ravens
- When: Sunday, December 19, 2021
- Where: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore
- Time: 3:25 PM CST
- TV: FOX
- Broadcasters: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi
- Odds: Packers by 6.5 points
- All-Time Series: Packers lead series 4-2
- Last Meeting: November 19, 2017 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Ravens defeat Packers 23-0
Game Preview: 3 Things to Watch
Just sit back and enjoy the quarterback play of the future Hall of Famer, Aaron Rodgers. The Packers have been blessed with quarterback play for nearly three decades. That is something that just does not happen in the NFL. Rodgers is only 4 touchdowns away from breaking Brett Favre’s franchise record of 442 touchdowns. Rodgers has tossed 4 touchdowns in two of the last three games, and the Ravens will down several key players in their secondary. So there is a good chance this could be the game he does it. If not, it is almost bound to happen next Saturday at Lambeau Field, on Christmas Day against the Browns. Stay tuned and enjoy watching one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.
As the Packers zero in a division title and playoff spot, they have their sights set on bigger goals this season. But, one of their biggest weaknesses is glaring one that the team needs to get fixed as soon as possible, and that is special teams. If the Packers have hopes of winning the Super Bowl, they need to fix that unit. Last week the Packers had their worst special teams performance in team-history. Now, they get to face one of the best special teams units in the NFL. This will not be an easy task, but the unit must take steps forward from last week. Earlier this week head coach Matt Lafleur stated that more starters are going to have to play on special teams. Whatever it takes to get this corrected and and make a deep playoff run. Special teams will be critical the rest of the season, so I will be watching them to see how they improve.
The Packers are 10-0 when they get at least one turnover and 0-3 when they don’t. The teams last two road losses (at Kansas City and at Minnesota) the defense generated zero takeaways. For the team to get to 11-0 and remain atop the NFC, the defense is going to have to take the ball away. One good news is that the Ravens have turned the ball over 20 times this season. That means our ball hawking secondary will have plenty of opportunities for a takeaway on Sunday afternoon.
Game Preview: Final Analysis
With the NFC North Title on the line, I think that the Packers will be celebrating at the end of the day. It will not be an easy victory, the Ravens are a very very tough team. I just feel that the Packers are the deeper more talented team here. Rodgers is also going for the franchise all-time touchdown record. Not to mention, Davante Adams is one touchdown away from tying Jordy Nelson on the touchdown list. The end of the day I feel the Packers will be division champs and snap their away game losing streak.
Go Pack Go!
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag