Next to last ABC MNF game, evenly matched teams, got to watch....
The Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens both had some concerns regarding their offenses coming into this season. It seems they were right to be worried.
Green Bay looks to win consecutive games for the first time this year, while Baltimore tries to avoid its first 10-loss season since 1998 when the teams meet Monday night.
The Packers' main focus was keeping Brett Favre from getting beat up after the offensive line underwent a makeover. The elite unit that kept Favre healthy for the last five seasons became a thing of the past when Marco Rivera and Mike Wahle left the team on the first day of free agency.
That has resulted in Favre being on the move more, and with running back Ahman Green and receiver Javon Walker out for the season, the 36-year-old quarterback has had little to work with.
Green Bay is 30th in the NFL in rushing offense, leading Favre to throw a league-high 22 interceptions - two shy of his career high - with most of them coming at critical times.
On Sunday night, though, Favre got some help from rookie running back Samkon Gado as Green Bay snapped a three-game losing streak with a 16-13 overtime win over Detroit.
Gado's 171 yards on 29 carries allowed Favre to not have to take many chances, and he went 21-of-31 for 170 yards in the victory.
``We were in the game for the most part the whole game, and we ran the ball well enough,'' Favre said. ``We kind of picked and choosed what we wanted to do passing.''
Gado's performance, which included a 64-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, was the seventh-best single-game rushing performance in team history and a rookie franchise record.
``I think the expectations that I've set for myself, even after I've surpassed the ones that weren't set, just keep being broken,'' Gado said.
Gado trails only John Brockington's four 100-yard games as a rookie with three this season. His 64-yard TD run Sunday set the team's rookie record for rushing touchdowns in a season with six, a mark he shared with Brent Fullwood (1987) and Gerry Ellis (1980).
He is third on the club's all-time rookie rushing list with 537 yards after passing Bob Monnett (413), Cecil Isbell (445) and Kenneth Davis (519). Ellis is up next with 545 yards while Brockington ran for 1,105 in 1971.
``He's not Ahman Green right now, but he certainly has shown some tremendous qualities,'' Green Bay coach Mike Sherman said. ``His durability, the awareness, his growth all are very big plusses on his behalf.''
Baltimore entered this season with some questions surrounding quarterback Kyle Boller, who has yet to succeed since the Ravens gave up a No. 1 draft pick to select him 19th overall in 2003.
Boller hyperextended his right big toe in Baltimore's 24-7 season-opening loss to Indianapolis and missed seven games before coming back Nov. 13. The Ravens have dropped three of five since his return, including a 12-10 loss at Denver last week.
Boller threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, ruining three promising drives.
``He went 23-of-39. If he were 21-of-37 and not thrown two of those passes, it would have been a (heck) of a day and a win,'' Ravens coach Brian Billick said Monday. ``This is why I'm anxious to see the next three games. I learned and saw a lot in yesterday's game, both good and bad, not just about Kyle but about this whole football team.''
Billick said he is not ready to decide if Boller will be the starting quarterback in 2006.
``We're not going to make that judgment without these next three games,'' he said.
STANDINGS: Packers - 4th place, NFC North. Ravens - 3rd place (tied), AFC North.
PACKERS LEADERS: Offense - Favre, 3,161 passing yards and 19 passing TDs; Gado, 537 rushing yards and 6 rushing TDs; Donald Driver, 71 receptions, 940 receiving yards and 5 receiving TDs. Defense - Aaron Kampman, 6 1/2 sacks; Ahmad Carroll and Al Harris, 2 INTs.
RAVENS LEADERS: Offense - Anthony Wright, 1,582 passing yards and 6 passing TDs; Jamal Lewis, 638 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs; Derrick Mason, 69 receptions and 800 receiving yards; Todd Heap, 4 receiving TDs. Defense - Adalius Thomas, 6 sacks; Thomas and Terrell Suggs, 2 INTs.
PACKERS TEAM RANK: Rushing Offense - 85.5 yards per game (30th in NFL); Passing Offense - 233.8 ypg (8th); Total Offense - 319.3 ypg (18th). Rushing Defense - 122.7 ypg (24th); Passing Defense - 163.3 ypg (1st); Total Defense - 286.0 ypg (5th).
RAVENS TEAM RANK: Rushing Offense - 92.8 ypg (T-25th); Passing Offense - 186.0 ypg (23rd); Total Offense - 278.8 ypg (26th). Rushing Defense - 106.8 ypg (14th); Passing Defense - 183.5 ypg (7th); Total Defense - 290.3 ypg (6th).
LAST MEETING: Oct. 14, 2001; Packers, 31-23. At Green Bay, Wis., Favre had 337 yards and three TDs on 27-of-34 passing to help the Packers defeat the defending Super Bowl champs.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Packers - Favre needs five TD passes to join Dan Marino as the only players in NFL history with 400. ... Green Bay has lost by three points in both of its Monday night games this season. ... The Packers are looking to avoid going 0-4 against AFC opponents for the first time since 1985. Ravens - WR Mason needs eight receptions to break Michael Jackson's single-season team record of 76 set in 1996. ... WR Mark Clayton leads NFL rookies with 34 catches. ... Baltimore's defense has allowed six TDs in its six home games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Packers - 1-6 on the road; Ravens - 4-2 at home.
INJURIES: Packers - OUT: LB Brady Poppinga (knee). QUESTIONABLE: TE Bubba Franks (neck/back); LB Robert Thomas (quadricep). PROBABLE: C Mike Flanagan (hernia). Ravens - OUT: TE Daniel Wilcox (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: RB Justin Green (wrist); LB Mike Smith (thigh); DE Anthony Weaver (knee/back). PROBABLE: C Jason Brown (ankle); C Mike Flynn (ankle); TE Heap (toe); RB Lewis (hand); G Edwin Mulitalo (knee); LB Adalius Thomas (thigh).
|Originally Posted by DrDetroit|
KenH, you on Comcast here in Detroit? If so, how do I check the broadcast resolution of my channels?
BTW - up in DD5.1 here in Detroit on Comcast.
|Originally Posted by paule123|
What a **** game. The Ravens and Packers dynasties are well over. Let's hope there's a lot less Ravens primetime coverage (and love-ins) next year.
|Originally Posted by vurbano|
Please retire Brett. Let us remember you the way you used to be.