Ravens force 5 TOs, rout struggling Packers 23-0

Associated Press

Nov. 20, 2017

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley is sacked by Baltimore Ravens' Matt Judon during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis.

GREEN BAY, Wis. The Baltimore Ravens forced five turnovers in their third shutout of the season, blanking the Green Bay Packers 23-0 Sunday.

Baltimore last accomplished the feat when the Ray Lewis-led defense had four shutouts for the Super Bowl-winning team in 2000; the last NFL team to have three was New England in 2003. Jimmy Smith, Eric Weddle and Marlon Humphrey each picked off passes for Baltimore (5-5), which led the NFL in interceptions entering the weekend.

"It doesn't mean (anything) if we don't make the playoffs," veteran edge rusher Terrell Suggs said about the shutouts. "If we don't get in, you won't remember them."

A problematic offense couldn't generate a touchdown drive until Joe Flacco's perfect deep ball to Mike Wallace over two defenders for a 13-point lead nearly two minutes into the third quarter. Flacco threw for 183 yards, going 22 of 28 with an interception.

His lone touchdown pass was still enough of a cushion against a Packers team struggling without two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, out with a broken collarbone.

The Packers were last shut out on Nov. 19, 2006, when then-starter Brett Favre left with an elbow injury in the first half of a 35-0 loss to New England. Rodgers, then in his second year in the league, finished off that loss in relief.

Hundley, Rodgers' replacement this season, didn't fare any better.

He was 21 of 36 for 239 yards. But he threw interceptions on the Packers' first two series. On the third drive, backup running back Devante Mays fumbled on his first carry of the season.

"Our guys were playing so fast and covering so well, it just made it tough on" Hundley, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.

Any big gains the rest of the day were negated by busted plays or penalties. The Packers (5-5) have lost four of their past five games.

"You have to take care of the football," coach Mike McCarthy said. "Offensively, that was way too much for us to overcome."

Davante Adams was a lone bright spot, torching the Ravens' strong secondary for 126 yards on eight catches. The Packers actually outgained the Ravens 265-219. But turnovers sapped any momentum.

"We're not in panic mode, everything is still in front of us," Adams said. "We've got to get a grip of it real quick here. Otherwise we will be in panic mode."

Justin Tucker kicked three field goals for Baltimore. Alex Collins added a 3-yard touchdown run with 2:12 left. That score came a play after Hundley threw his third interception, returned 15 yards by Humphrey.

Collins had 49 yards on 20 carries, while Wallace finished with 56 yards on four catches.

Green Bay Packers' Devante Mays fumbles the ball during the first half .

INJURY REPORT

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews suffered a groin injury midway through the first quarter. He returned for one play on the next defensive series, then watched the rest of the first half from the sideline. Matthews did have a sack before getting hurt, his first sack since Week 4, to give him 3 for the season. Another starter, defensive lineman Kenny Clark, was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.


FLAG FOOTBALL

The Ravens were whistled for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after punting the ball in the third quarter to the Packers after referee Jeff Triplette said a player on the sideline "verbally abused an official."


UP NEXT

Ravens: Host the Houston Texans on Nov. 27.

Packers: Visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 26.


Packers get shut out for 1st time in more than decade

GREEN BAY, Wis.  Jordy Nelson got right to the point on a day when the Green Bay Packers were shut out for the first time in more than a decade.

The Packers' offense struggled again without injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers, falling 23-0 on Sunday to the Baltimore Ravens.

"It's pretty ugly," Nelson said. "Not what we expected when we went out there."

Five turnovers, including three interceptions by Rodgers' replacement, Brett Hundley. Two lost fumbles, one by Hundley on a strip-sack by Terrell Suggs .

The Packers (5-5) knew they had little margin for error against a defense that led the league in interceptions coming into the weekend. They left Lambeau Field having been shut out for the first time since Nov. 19, 2006, when then-starter Brett Favre left with an injury in the first half of a 35-0 loss to New England. Rodgers, then in his second year in the league, finished off that loss in relief.

Hundley didn't fare any better on Sunday.

He was 21 of 36 for 239 yards. But he threw interceptions on the Packers' first two series. On the third drive, backup running back Devante Mays fumbled on his first carry of the season.

"Our guys were playing so fast and covering so well, it just made it tough on" Hundley, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.

They got off to such a good start, with Hundley leading the offense from the Packers 32 to the Ravens 5 in five plays on the game's opening series. On the next play, cornerback Jimmy Smith stepped in front of a pass into the end zone intended for Randall Cobb for an interception.

"It (stinks) when you move the ball that far down on the first drive and we've sort of got a rhythm going, and I thought I got them in awkward defense," Hundley said.

Instead, the Ravens' talented secondary feasted on the third-year quarterback. He was also sacked six times.

It was such a turn of events from the previous week, when Hundley made clutch throws in the fourth quarter of a 23-16 win over the Chicago Bears.

The schedule doesn't ease up next week with a night road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. McCarthy is sticking with Hundley.

"Brett Hundley's our starter. I believe in Brett Hundley. It didn't go very well, obviously. We understand the standard that's been set here. We're all part of it," McCarthy said.

Rodgers is a couple weeks away from being eligible to practice, if his surgically repaired right collarbone is even healthy enough by that point. The earliest Rodgers could be activated off injured reserve would be for the Week 15 game at Carolina.

Rodgers and the Packers have made it clear the injury could be season ending. If the Packers fall out of playoff contention, he may not come back regardless.

Davante Adams was a lone bright spot, torching the Ravens' strong secondary for 126 yards on eight catches. The Packers actually outgained the Ravens 265-219. But turnovers sapped any momentum.

"We're not in panic mode, everything is still in front of us," Adams said. "We've got to get a grip of it real quick here. Otherwise, we will be in panic mode."

Hundley's backup is Joe Callahan, an undrafted free agent elevated from the practice squad after Rodgers went down. Callahan has spent parts of two seasons with Green Bay.

So it's up to Hundley to get things turned around.

"I mean you have to take care of the football. There (are) no 'ifs' and 'buts' and 'whats'" McCarthy said. "And any time anything happens with the quarterback position I take that extremely personal and I have to do a better job."