Aaron Rogers and Joe Flacco go head-to-head in week six.
Where: M&T Bank Stadium
When: 18.00 (BST)
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Two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL will square off today when the reigning Super Bowl champions the Baltimore Ravens host the Green Bay Packers.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has caught a break after the Packers All-Pro outside linebacker Clay Matthews broke his right thumb last weekend.
Matthews would have been a key component for the Packers’ defense to stopping Flacco, but coach Mike McCarthy said he will miss at least two weeks and then return to play with a cast.
“I mean, Clay Matthews is our best player on defense. But this is pro football,” McCarthy said. “We’ve been down this road before. It’s an excellent opportunity for others to step up and make plays.”
The 2-2 Packers are struggling to stop opposing teams passing game so far this year, ranking 26th in the league thanks to them giving up 288 yards a game.
However, McCarthy had faith in those left in the side to do what they can to slow down the Ravens offence.
“I think Mike Neal has made really good strides. I think you saw him play his best game (Sunday). I think you saw Nick Perry play his best game,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said.
“We need for Mike Neal and Nick Perry to be ready to play next week the way they played this week. Because they played their best football this week.”
The Ravens will be looking to stay on a roll after their impressive 26-23 win over Miami in week five.
Much of the territory gained was on the ground as Baltimore earned a season-high 133 yards.
Joe Flacco was 19 of 32 for 269 yards and had one interception which was returned for a touchdown, but it was a much improved performance following his career-worst five picks in a loss at Buffalo a week earlier.
The reigning Super Bowl MVP’s numbers are nowhere near those of Rodgers, who is second in the NFL with 1,331 passing yards and has nine touchdowns against three interceptions.
Rodgers was 20 of 30 for 274 yards last week, finishing with one TD and no picks, and now stares down a Baltimore pass rush coming off its strongest performance of the season.