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(AP) -- Joe Flacco won't have to worry about Clay Matthews. Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, will get no such break against Terrell Suggs on Sunday.

 

The two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks square off when Flacco and the defending champion Baltimore Ravens host Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

 

The Packers (2-2) suffered a blow when Matthews, their All-Pro outside linebacker, broke his right thumb during last Sunday's 22-9 victory over Detroit at Lambeau Field.

 

Coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Matthews will miss at least a couple weeks and may have to play with a cast when he returns. Matthews, who also has been bothered by a hamstring injury, hurt his thumb on the final play of the third quarter when he sacked Matthew Stafford.

 

The fifth-year pro has led the Packers in sacks every season he's been in the league and has a team-high three in 2013.

 

"I mean, Clay Matthews is our best player on defense. But this is pro football," McCarthy said. "We've been down this road before. It's an excellent opportunity for others to step up and make plays."

 

Green Bay was already struggling against the pass, ranking 26th in the NFL with 288.8 passing yards allowed per game, and without the relentless Matthews will rely on linebackers Mike Neal and Nick Perry to help pressure Flacco. Neal, a converted defensive end, finished with a sack and six tackles against Detroit, while Perry, a first-round pick last year, had two sacks and five tackles.

 

"I think Mike Neal has made really good strides. I think you saw him play his best game (Sunday). I think you saw Nick Perry play his best game," defensive coordinator Dom Capers said Monday. "We need for Mike Neal and Nick Perry to be ready to play next week the way they played this week. Because they played their best football this week."

 

Safety Morgan Burnett's return from a hamstring injury should continue to help Green Bay's porous pass defense.

 

Baltimore (3-2) finally found its ground game in last Sunday's 26-23 win over Miami with a season-best 133 yards, but against a strong Green Bay run defense, Flacco may try winning the game through the air. The Ravens, though, have lost the only two games in which Flacco has thrown for over 300 yards.

 

His preferred target, wideout Torrey Smith, is the AFC leader with 556 receiving yards after finishing with 121 on six catches against the Dolphins.

 

Flacco was 19 of 32 for 269 yards and had one interception which was returned for a touchdown, but it was a much improved performance following his career-worst five picks in a loss at Buffalo a week earlier.

 

"Joe never gets fazed," coach John Harbaugh said of Flacco, who has been sacked 14 times. "He's not going to get rattled."

 

The reigning Super Bowl MVP's numbers are nowhere near those of Rodgers, who is second in the NFL with 1,331 passing yards and has nine touchdowns against three interceptions.

 

Rodgers was 20 of 30 for 274 yards last week, finishing with one TD and no picks, and now stares down a Baltimore pass rush coming off its strongest performance of the season.

 

Suggs had all three of his sacks in the final quarter against Miami, and Elvis Dumervil sacked Ryan Tannehill for a 5-yard loss in the final minute to push the Dolphins to the edge of field-goal range. Caleb Sturgis missed a 57-yard attempt with 33 seconds to go to hand the Ravens the victory.

 

Baltimore finished with six sacks and has 19 on the season, second-best in the league.

 

Suggs is Baltimore's career leader with 91 1/2 sacks and ranks fourth in the NFL this season with seven. With another one against the Packers, he'll set a franchise record with at least one sack in six straight games.

 

With four tackles against the Packers, Suggs will become the second-leading tackler in Ravens history with 722. Only Ray Lewis has more.

 

"I don't want to just be known as a pass rusher. I want to be known as a defender that can do more than just one thing," said Suggs, who turns 31 on Friday. "I don't want to just have a lot of sacks. I like to fill up the stat sheet."

 

Suggs may get his chance against Rodgers, who was sacked a league-high 51 times in 2012 and 11 this year. Suggs missed the Ravens' last matchup with Green Bay as Rodgers was sacked only once and threw for three TDs in the Packers' 27-14 victory in 2009.

 

Flacco was sacked twice by Matthews as part of one the worst games of his career, going 15 of 36 for 137 yards with three INTs.

 

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:Packers: 24

:Ravens: 27

 

The Ravens have top 3 pass rush personnel and that should help them limit Rodgers. The Pack, OTOH, are missing Matthews which could allow a certain measure of relief to a flagging Joe Flacco.

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This game is going to be a tough one for the Packers. I just hope they can get the running game going with Eddie Lacy to open up the passing game. Still I am picking the Packers.

 

Packers: 27

Ravens: 23

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If the Packers defense plays aggressively, it'll be a good game, otherwise, I think the Ravens roll.

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I'm taking the Packers in this one

 

If the Packers defense plays aggressively, it'll be a good game, otherwise, I think the Ravens roll.

 

Get off the fence and pick a team!!

 

I'm taking the Packers in this one. I think the Ravens defense has a chance to make game a little difficult but rolling with Rodgers here.

 

:Packers: 27

 

:Ravens: 24

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Rodgers will do the Discount Double Check at least once in this game.

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I am picking us for the sole reason we dont lose at home almost ever. They have to come to our house.

 

As to the analytic we have some healthy receivers coming back. Torrey Smith is playing like a top 3 receiver thus far. Our run game still sucks and I asume our o line will too. That said we have cause for optimism in Eugene monroe. So we are going to see what that does for us.

 

I think we get annihilated on defense the first two series, settle in and only get ass raped. That said I think our offense starts to get on track with both teams putting up 30. I think we beat them on a last minute Justin Tucker field goal from 50 +.

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I'm picking the Ravens because the Packers suck. >_>

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We need this win, which means we will lose.

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I think the Ravens suck more than the Packers. If the Pack gets a lead early it will end that way.

 

:Packers: 31

:Ravens: 24

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Nick Perry and Mike Neal starting at OLB for us... Can't wait.

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Still better than Erik Walden.

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Marlon Brown (thigh) and Jacoby Jones (knee) are active for Week 6 against the Packers.

Brown is tentatively expected to get the start, but he'll likely rotate snaps with Jones. Neither can be trusted as a WR3 for fantasy purposes. Jones hasn't played since Week 1.
Inactive for the Ravens are NT Terrence Cody, G/T Jah Reid, C/G Ryan Jensen, LT Bryant McKinnie, WR Brandon Stokley, OLB John Simon and DT Marcus Spears.
Eugene Monroe is making his first start at left tackle for the Ravens, sending McKinnie to the bench. McKinnie is a candidate to be traded.

 

 

 

 

Packers declared RB James Starks, OLB Clay Matthews, CB Jarrett Bush, CB Casey Hayward, LB Brad Jones, OG Greg Van Roten and DE Josh Boyd inactive for Week 6 against the Ravens.

It's a host of notable names, but no surprises. The Packers find themselves extremely thin at linebacker, setting up a nice matchup for a struggling Ray Rice. Starks has a shot at returning in Week 7, where he would back up Eddie Lacy. Lacy is the Pack's locked-in starter, and a viable RB2.

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Big goal line stand for the Packers!!! Ravens Safety incoming.

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This is all on Harbaugh.

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Not the prettiest win especially on offense, but a win is a win.

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When the defense gave up 4th and 50 yards I nearly blew my brains out. Eddie Lacy though.... Man...

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