Green Bay Packers Gut One Out in Baltimore
It wasn’t pretty for much of the game, but the Green Bay Packers took a 19-17 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on their home field.
The Packers are 3-2 instead of their usual 2-3 after five games.
It was a second straight lackluster first half of football from Green Bay. They led 6-0 at the half thanks to an ineffective offense and what? A kick-ass defense.
Led by who? Probably the only time we’ve ever said this — A.J. Hawk.
Hawk had probably his best game ever as a pro — 10 tackles, five for loss, three sacks. Somebody told A.J. Hawk that he needed to play like a boss with Clay Matthews out and he did exactly that.
Kudos to you, A.J. Hawk.
In the second half, when guys actually started to play, Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and Jordy Nelson led the way.
With both James Jones and Randall Cobb out with knee injuries, Nelson stepped the fuck up, catching Rodgers’ only touchdown of the day — a 64-yarder. Nelson ended the day with 113 yards.
He also ended the day as one of the best receivers in the NFL. You can’t cover Jordy Nelson. Too good.
Rodgers, meanwhile, was 17-of-32 for 315, with that TD and a pick. And let’s be honest, that pick was a really awful throw.
Eddie Lacy is the story here, though. A week after falling one yard short of 100, Lacy ran 23 times for 120 and did what Eddie Lacy was brought in to do — close out the goddam game.
Eddie Lacy is a killer. He’ll run the fuck over you. He’ll run the fuck through you. On Sunday, he was what Baltimore’s stud running back Ray Rice wishes he was.
Rice ran 14 times for just 34 yards.
Packers defense. Eddie Lacy.
Big win. Unexpected win. Now we roll.
Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.