“They are fun to watch – even if you’re on your back, which I was for a couple of those,” Rodgers said with a laugh. “They make it look easy.”


The Packers and Ravens look like a couple of playoff teams that are finding their respective ways early in the season. The Packers, they of the virtually non-existent running game last year, suddenly have options in the backfield and an offensive line that’s plowing its way to on-the-ground production. So what does that mean for a passing game that has always been the breadwinner but has been just a smidge off so far this year? The Ravens, meanwhile, are still searching for their defensive identity after losing two icons – middle linebacker Ray Lewis to retirement (and ESPN television) and safety Ed Reed to free agency (and the Houston Texans). While the guess here is that both teams will be where they need to be come December and ready for a playoff push, the defending Super Bowl champs just feel a bit further away from finding themselves. A home underdog seems risky to pick against, but that’s the way we’ll go. Packers 30, Ravens 24. (Season record: 4-0)

– Jason Wilde