I'm not too surprised that the Pack is favored by Vegas as a visitor going into M&T Bank Stadium, considering that many bettors will take Baltimore and the points. That should mean a lot of extra action in terms of gambling volume on this game…which of course means lots of extra commission income for the sports casinos.
The fact is, since John Harbaugh took over the Ravens, they are 33-7 when playing at home.
M&T Bank Stadium has become one of the most intimidating venues for visiting teams in the league.
Green Bay's best chance is to get up early on the Ravens, allow Aaron Rodgers to pitch his game with a 10-point lead, and somewhat take the crowd out of the game.
Creating turnovers by the Ravens would help the Packers tremendously, too. But their best defensive players at forcing and finding turnovers are out of the game. Clay Matthews (broken thumb) and Casey Hayward are inactive for this one.
The Ravens for their part have to be able to limit the damage which Rodgers can cause with darts thrown to his top receivers— James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb at WR, and Jermichael Finley at TE. They're all YAC machines, too, especially Finley.
The Packers (2-2) need a win on the road. The Ravens (3-2) need a signature win at home.
Tough game…Flacco needs a clean pocket and a mistake-free outing, and a big part of that would be getting a running game established early. From a fan's standpoint, this may be one of the best matchups on Sunday. It's about two good teams trying to get better. Neither is a solid favorite. That's entertainment…