Kickoff: Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. at Lambeau Field
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The Ravens are in the middle of the AFC's wild-card playoff hunt. They are a game behind the Buffalo Bills, who currently have the last spot. The Ravens can take a big step forward if they can steal a third road win of the season. Baltimore must get at least one more road victory, combined with a home winning stretch, in the final seven games to have a chance at reaching a 9-7 record.
The Packers have one of the most storied histories in all the NFL. The Ravens have matched up against them five times and only won once in 2005, when the Ravens beat down Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers got his first significant NFL action in a 48-3 blowout. Baltimore has lost in all three trips to legendary Lambeau Field, including the last visit in 2009. Quarterback Joe Flacco has only two teams he has never beaten during his 10-year career: the Seattle Seahawks and Packers.
Danny Woodhead's Comeback
The versatile running back has been activated to the 53-man roster and should be a "shot in the arm" for the offense, as safety Eric Weddle said. Woodhead should help make checkdown passes more fruitful, and can be a matchup problem in the short game, which will help move the chains. Woodhead flashed his potential impact in Week 1 when he caught three passes for 33 yards on the opening drive. The Ravens want to see more of that.
Other Healthy Returns
Woodhead isn't the only Raven feeling a lot better this week. Running back Terrance West (calf) and tight end Nick Boyle (toe) could also return, and wide receivers Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) and Michael Campanaro (shoulder) got much-needed rest. The Ravens are 7-2 in games immediately following the bye during the Head Coach John Harbaugh era.
The Ravens took a deep dive into self-scouting during the bye. Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has talked about the need for more big plays, as well as intermedia strikes in the passing game. The Ravens' passing attack has been the team's weakness all season. Sunday's game will be a prime opportunity to show it can improve in the second half.
Matchups to Watch
Ravens CBs vs. Packers WRs
With two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers out and the Packers' top two running backs banged up, the Packers' offensive strength is their wide receivers of Jordy Nelson, Devante Adams and Randall Cobb. The Ravens' cornerback depth, featuring Jimmy Smith, Brandon Carr, Marlon Humphrey, Maurice Canady and others, will get one of its biggest tests.
S Eric Weddle vs. QB Brett Hundley
Weddle will be looking to get an interception off Rodgers' replacement, who is making his fourth professional start. Hundley has impressed the Ravens, who say he plays with a similar style to Rodgers, but the third-year signal-caller is still rather inexperienced. He's thrown four interceptions to two touchdowns since taking over for Rodgers. Weddle is tied with Carr for the team lead in picks.
LT Ronnie Stanley vs. OLB Clay Matthews
Matthews is a difference-maker as a pass rusher. Known for his sack/strips, he has just 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble this year, but he can get started at any time. Stanley got much-needed rest for a banged-up shoulder during the bye, but was on the injury report for a concussion this week. He's still expected to play, but keep an eye on the Ravens' young, talented left tackle.