Ravens' offense hopes to keep Rodgers off field

Ravens' offense hopes to keep Rodgers off field
October 8, 2013, 12:30 pm
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3 and Out: Ravens takeaways after win over Miami

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The Ravens’ offense hopes to play keep-away this Sunday.

Winning the time of possession battle will be critical against the Packers.  Keeping Aaron Rodgers off the field is the only sure way to stop him.

Against the Dolphins, the Ravens had their best time of possession performance of the season, controlling the ball for more than 36 minutes. That included their best drive of the season – an 11-play, 94-yard touchdown march that lasted 5 ½ minutes.

“We wore them out a little bit and we converted third downs,” said Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. “Because we were able to run the ball, get ourselves in third down and shorts, and convert them, we kept ourselves on the field.”

Prior to the Miami game, the Ravens were having trouble sustaining drives, unable to run the ball successfully, and failing to convert consistently on third down. However, the Packers are only ranked 19th overall in total defense, giving up 374.7 yards per game. If the Ravens run the ball effectively and control time of possession again this Sunday, it will give them a better chance to control Rodgers.