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Ravens lead Packers 6-0 at halftime

Ravens lead Packers 6-0 at halftime Ravens lead Packers 6-0 at halftime
Kristopher Love | 20 November, 2017, 07:32

Green Bay committed five turnovers and took six sacks, the first time that had happened in a game since 1990, when a guy named Anthony Delwig was their starting quarterback.

The investments that the Baltimore Ravens made in their secondary are paying off. The success of the passing game, then, will depend on a combination of a serviceable running attack as well as Hundley's ability to diagnose his options and make smart decisions with the football when he gets the chance to make a play. The Ravens rank third in defensive DVOA, and third in pass defense as well.

While many expected this to be an ugly, defense-led game, I don't think anyone expected the Packers to give up five turnovers to the 4-5 Baltimore Ravens. Hundley's first interception, which was an impressive read-and-react play by Baltimore cornerback Jimmy Smith, was intended for Adams.

Baltimore crossed midfield on all four of its first-half possessions.

John Harbaugh's 100th career National Football League head-coaching victory was celebrated by his Ravens players in the Lambeau Field locker room following a 23-0 blanking of the Packers.

On their first drive, a snap over Flacco's head stalled the drive that later ended in left tackle James Hurst getting beat by Clay Matthews for an 8-yard sack. Justin Tucker converted on field goals of 32, 39 and 23 yards.

"The season's just beginning", Harbaugh said. "Offensively it was way too much to overcome". The run defense was stout and the pass defense mostly forced Joe Flacco to dump the ball off.

Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix singled out Ravens center Ryan Jensen when asked about Clark's injury. Flacco later said the pass was tentative and should have been thrown better. This season may not end with the team in the playoffs, but they have certainly played with a ton of heart since Rodgers went down.

Replacement Brett Hundley was 21 of 36 for 239 yards. After receiving the second-half kickoff, the offense wasted no time.

Flacco is 13-of-17 for 99 yards.

How can the Packers get the job done against their AFC opponents this week? But the Ravens defense hounded, pounded and fooled him all day in what amounted to a triumph by knockout.

Starting the drive in Baltimore territory, the Packers were stopped on third and two by linebacker Patrick Onwuasor.

Defensive line: Brandon Williams took on a lot of double teams to free up other linemen and linebackers. The Packers actually outgained the Ravens 265-219.

The Packers' streak of eight straight postseason appearances looks to be in jeopardy with the offense struggling without injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

On the Packers' very next possession, Hundley tried to go deep to tight end Lance Kendricks on an extended play but was intercepted easily by veteran safety Eric Weddle.

Their defense leads the league in interceptions. The Ravens had few running lanes in this game but Collins seemed slower than usual.

Statcap: The Ravens punted or turned the ball over on 8/13 drives. Hundley on the other hand, threw three interceptions and lost a fumble on top of that. Hundley, who was making his fourth-career start, had to scramble out of the pocket at times.