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We don’t know who will play quarterback for the Ravens after Lamar Jackson limped off the field with a sprained ankle in the second quarter of their 24-22 loss to the Browns. Jackson and the offense were off to another slow start when backup Tyler Huntley stepped in. Though Huntley took two sacks and fumbled twice, with one of those returned for a touchdown, he rallied the Ravens to within two points in the fourth quarter, completing 27 of 38 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Mark Andrews was his top target, catching 11 passes on 11 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown. Andrews (75 catches on 109 targets, 926 yards) seems headed for his second career Pro Bowl. Rookie Rashod Bateman also broke out against the Browns with seven catches on eight targets, including a pair of explosive plays to set up touchdowns. Wide receiver Marquise Brown (70 catches on 107 targets, 826 yards) remains the team’s other top weapon, no matter who’s throwing the passes. Tackles Alejandro Villanueva and Tyre Phillips struggled again in pass protection against the Browns. Cleveland defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (3 ½ sacks, 13 quarterback hits) blew past Phillips for a key sack when the Ravens had a chance at a game-winning drive in the last two minutes. Starting right tackle Patrick Mekari (hand) returned to practice Wednesday, which should help.
Packers passing game vs. Ravens pass defense
Despite vaccination controversies and an ailing toe, Aaron Rodgers (67.3% completions, 27 touchdowns, 4 interceptions) remains an MVP candidate at age 38. He has led the Packers to 112 points and averaged 344 yards passing with no interceptions over his past three games. He has taken just 24 sacks (compared with 47 for Ravens quarterbacks) despite playing behind an offensive line decimated by injuries. His top receiver, Davante Adams (90 catches on 128 targets, 1,204 yards), might be the best in the NFL. He’s the league’s highest-graded wide receiver, according to Pro Football Focus. Rodgers throws frequently to his running backs, A.J. Dillon and Aaron Jones, who have combined for 67 catches and 589 yards. That’s bad news for the Ravens, who have struggled to cover backs all season.
The Ravens will try to contain Adams with a patched-together secondary led by cornerbacks Anthony Averett and Chris Westry on the outside and Tavon Young in the slot. They did a fine job in Cleveland after a few early struggles against quarterback Baker Mayfield, holding the Browns to 47 passing yards in the second half. On the other hand, the Ravens have produced just one sack over their past two games. They rank third in the league in blitz percentage and 10th in pressures per drop-back, according to Pro Football Focus. Tyus Bowser (5 ½ sacks, 13 quarterback hits) and Justin Houston (4 sacks, 16 quarterback hits) are their most productive edge rushers.