Everything You Need to Know: Ravens vs. Packers

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Basics

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium

TV: Channel 11 (Baltimore), Ravens crew (Gerry Sandusky, Brian Billick, Evan Washburn)

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM) & 98Rock (97.9 FM)

Jersey color: White

Stakes

With the Sept. 8 regular-season opener drawing closer, the 90-man roster must be trimmed to 53 players by Aug. 31. For some players on the roster bubble and others trying to earn a starting role, this game will help decide their fate.

History

The Ravens and Packers have met just once before during the preseason. In 1996, the Packers made an August visit to Baltimore and defeated the newly formed Ravens, 17-15. The Ravens and Packers won’t face each other during the 2019 regular season.

Key Storylines

Will somebody emerge at left guard?

The starting job is still up for grabs with Jermaine Eluemunor, rookies Ben Powers and Patrick Mekari, and veteran James Hurst all in the mix. Hurst has starting experience, but he’s valuable as a backup who can play both guard and tackle. This is another chance for someone to gain the edge.

How will the new starters look?

The Ravens could debut some of their new veterans, such as safety Earl Thomas III and running back Mark Ingram II. It probably wouldn't last long, but it would be fun to see them in their first game.

Will “Hollywood” Brown play? Which wide receivers will step up?

First-round pick Marquise “Hollywood” Brown made his full-team debut this week. The next step is to play in a game. Will that come this week? Neither Antoine Wesley nor Jaleel Scott are guaranteed a roster spot, despite strong training camps. They need to capitalize on any targets that come their way.

Will Miles Boykin continue to impress?

The third-round pick was the most-targeted wide receiver against Jacksonville, and he backed that up with another strong week of practice. Like Mark Andrews did as at tight end last year, Boykin looks like a rookie with a chance to be an immediate offensive weapon.

Other Players to Watch

WR Michael Floyd: After a strong week of practice, the veteran wide receiver would love to make a few plays during the game. It’s an uphill battle for him to make the roster, but some solid game tape would help his chances.

CB/PR Cyrus Jones: Not only is Jones trying to lock down the punt return job, he could see plenty of reps at cornerback, and he had a pick-six in the preseason opener. Jones has been playing with the first-team defense with Tavon Young sidelined.

LB Kenny Young: Young has the hit of the preseason so far, and he’ll need to stand out even more if he’s going to wrestle a starting job away from Chris Board.

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