Ravens acquire Ty Montgomery from Packers at trade deadline

On Tuesday afternoon the NFL trade deadline dominated the headlines with many big name players finding new homes across the league. The Ravens were not involved in one of the blockbuster deals but they still managed to make a low risk trade with the Green Bay Packers that could help their needs at the running back position.

Baltimore will receive Ty Montgomery from the Packers in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Montgomery was a third round pick in the 2015 draft and has started 14 games in Green Bay since then. He has accumulated just 849 rushing yards so far in his career but he does provide the Ravens with some options as a running back that can get involved in the pass game and special teams.

Baltimore’s offense has struggled to get the most out of its current running back core but Buck Allen currently fills the role of the receiving running back while Alex Collins does more of the work on the ground. At the end of the day neither Allen or Collins has been able to live up to the expectations surrounding them. Gus Edwards looked to provide a spark off the practice squad but his involvement has been shrinking since the Ravens win over Tennessee a few weeks ago.

Montgomery found himself on the trade block early this week after a costly fourth quarter fumble in this past Sunday’s game against the Rams. The 25-year-old running back coughed up the ball on a kick return late in the game and cost his team a chance at a potential game winning drive. Hopefully a change of scenery is beneficial for Montgomery but at the very least this is a lottery ticket move for the Ravens that could pay off down the stretch.

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Ravens defense picks apart Hundley and Packers offense in 23-0 win

GREEN BAY, WI — Coming out of a bye week the Ravens needed a strong performance to kick-start the final stretch of their season. If the Ravens are to make the postseason, the window is still open but there is not much room left for error. However, a 23-0 road win against the Green Bay Packers is an awfully good start.

In terms of health the Ravens were not exactly better off than they were a few weeks ago. Getting running back Danny Woodhead back was certainly a big difference maker for the anemic offense. The Ravens found themselves down another offensive lineman as second-year man Ronnie Stanley was unable to suit up as he deals with a concussion. The Ravens also had two healthy scratches – Terrance West and Breshad Perriman – that could have been attributed to Woodhead’s return.

After winning the coin toss the Ravens chose to kick and send their defense out first. This would end up paying off as Jimmy Smith and Eric Weddle picked up a pair of interceptions on the first two Green Bay possessions. Brett Hundley and the Packers offense had gone their last two games without a turnover.

The defense continued to feast on the Packers at the beginning of the second quarter. Patrick Onwuasor got to Green Bay running back Devante Mays and force a fumble. The turnover marked the Packers first fumble by a running back this season.

Despite forcing three turnovers after just eighteen minutes of play, the Ravens only put three points on the board. Marty Mornhinweg continued to show how incompetent of a play-caller he is with more head-scratching decisions. Joe Flacco was 13-for-17 on completions at the half but only averaged 5.8 yards-per-completion. Even in third-and-long situations, there was absolutely no urgency to throw the ball past the line of scrimmage.

The screen pass is an important piece in running a successful offense but that’s because you should only be calling it a handful of times per game, not a handful of times per drive. I don’t care how banged up you offensive line is, this is unacceptable on Mornhinweg’s part.

These mind-numbing play calls were not reserved to the pass game. Alex Collins got off to a hot start by running up the middle, yet Mornhinweg decided to call some pitch runs to the outside in third and short scenarios. All of this, combined with an ugly Flacco interception, resulted in a slim 6-0 Ravens lead at halftime.

The Ravens offense looked completely rejuvenated coming out of the half. Chris Moore set the offense up nicely after returning the kick 59 yards. Flacco took over from there, completing three passes for 58 yards and a touchdown. Mike Wallace brought in Flacco’s precise pass with one arm while fighting with the defender for space.

Considering how well the defense performed in the first half, the new 13-0 lead felt twice as large. Even with a larger lead, the defense did not let up, forcing the Packers to punt or turn the ball over on eight straight drives. Hundley was under pressure for a majority of the second half. When he did manage to escape the Ravens defenders, he was forced to throw it away.

The Ravens offense was just as lost as the Packers following their touchdown but the pressure was not on them. Just one score would have been enough to officially put the game away but the offense didn’t look too concerned with closing it out themselves. Luckily, the defense remained on point, forcing one more turnover while keeping Green Bay scoreless.

Had it not been for this forced fumble by Terrell Suggs, the offense likely would have run out the clock without another score, but excellent field position allowed them to finally put more points on the board in the final minutes of the game.

The Ravens defense finished the 23-0 win with five forced turnovers and six sacks for their third shutout performance of the season.

The Ravens will get a little extra rest before returning home for a Monday Night game against the Texans next week. Earlier this year, this matchup looked like it could be trouble for the Ravens but injuries have decimated the Texans to the point where they are no longer contenders. With that being said, the Ravens will have to make some changes on offense if they want to avoid the upset.

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PREVIEW: Ravens Travel North to Lambeau to face Packers

BALTIMORE, MD – For only the fourth time since their inception, the Ravens will trek north to where the cheeseheads roam, Green Bay, Wisconsin. With how their last game ended, a 23-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Baltimore looks to bounce back against a Packers squad that has been playing a far cry from the quality of NFL fans are used to seeing.

Baltimore is coming off a bye week, which is excellent for the team as they seem to finally be as healthy as can be. Running back Danny Woodhead is returning to the 53-man roster after his stint on the IR-Designated-to-Return list. Head Coach John Harbaugh gleefully told the media how excited he was to have the team in shape coming out of the bye. We all know that a happy “Harbs” means a good week, right? It also figures that the Ravens are historically competitive and good coming out of their bye week as shown by the graphic below.

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The last time the Ravens took on the Packers was in 2013, yes the dreaded Super Bowl Hangover season that no one should ever speak of. They lost in pure Ravens fashion 19-17. It is also worth noting that the game was at M&T Bank Stadium and Aaron Rodgers was doing what he does best. This time around the game is at Lambeau and Rodgers will be on the sidelines, still recovering from his broken collarbone suffered in week 6 against the Vikings. It seems the Birds have the advantage here.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR:

  1. Brett Hundley – He hasn’t played THAT badly, okay? He has shown some serious talent by orchestrating good drives against good defenses which is no small task for a backup quarterback. If the Ravens are to stop him Sunday, they have to get pressure up the middle, if they are unable to do it, Hundley can make a defense pay with his mobility.
  2. Ravens Wide Receivers – There is no defensive backfield that has been more prone to getting burned in the NFL over the last five years than the much maligned Green Bay secondary. If the comments by Dennis Pitta ticked the coaching staff off to the point where they want Joe Flacco to prove he CAN be competent, this is the EXACT team to do it against. Look for Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace to combine for at least 250 yards. Yep, 250.
  3. Ravens Pass Rush – So its painfully obvious now, Rodgers’ ability to extend plays and get rid of the ball quickly made his offensive line look much better than it really is. There is still an adjustment period between the Hundley and his O-Line.    Terrell Suggs, Brandon Williams, and Matthew Judon HAVE to take advantage.
  4. Ravens Running Backs – With the expected heavy emphasis on the passing game, this could be a rare case in which the running backs benefit from the spreading out of the defense. Look for the team to have 125 total rushing yards.

Prediction: Ravens win this matchup 28-17 for their first ever win at Lambeau Field (currently 0-3 at Green Bay).

Details:

When: Sunday, Nov. 19, 1:00 pm

Where: Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI

Radio: WBAL 1090, 98 Rock, Baltimore Ravens website

Commentators: Gerry Sandusky, Justin Forsett, Stan White

TV: CBS

Commentators: Kevin Harland, Rich Gannon, Melanie Collins

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