Green Bay Packers (2-2) at Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore TV: FOX
*TV announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
*Keys to the game: The two playmakers that kept the Packers up late in preparations this week were WR Torrey Smith and DE-OLB Terrell Suggs. Smith, evolving from a speed threat to a complete receiver running polished routes, is the kind of big-play threat that could haunt the Packers without pressure up the middle on QB Joe Flacco. Suggs had three sacks last week, has seven in five games and can win with power and a good first step against OTs Don Barclay and rookie David Bakhtiari. Baltimore understands it cannot win in coverage against the Packers' multiple-receiver sets without getting to QB Aaron Rodgers. Their linebackers are particularly susceptible to crossing patterns and neither inside starter -- Daryl Smith and Josh Bynes -- can stay with Jermichael Finley. Even on a 50-pass day for Rodgers, the Packers are proving their commitment to the run is more than lip service. Green Bay's zone run scheme calls for position blocking -- good news for the interior linemen of the Packers, who don't have the mass to move DE Haloti Ngata (6-4, 345) from running lanes. The Ravens catch a break with OLB Clay Matthews (thumb) out but defensive coordinator Dom Capers hasn't been shy with the blitz. And given the Ravens are running a franchise-low 38.8 percent of the time, Capers won't think twice before bringing the house.
*Matchup to watch - Ravens RBs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce vs. Packers ILB A.J. Hawk: Rice remains slippery, even if he's not fully healthy, but he and Pierce are averaging only 2.9 yards per carry. If Hawk fills running lanes on a mostly inside run scheme, the Packers can tee it up and attack Flacco in the pocket. He has been hit 18 times in the past two games.
*Player spotlight - Ravens LT Eugene Monroe: He's ready for his first start in a Ravens uniform after two weeks in the system. A starter since 2009, he's playing for his future in a contract year following four seasons of suffering with the Jaguars.
*Fast facts: The Ravens are 35-7 at home under coach John Harbaugh. ... Smith leads the NFL among players with at least 20 catches with an average of 20.7 yards per reception. ... The Packers are averaging 5.3 yards per carry compared to 3.9 in 2012 and 2011 and 3.8 in 2010.
WHO WILL WIN AND WHY
If Joe Flacco's protection falters, it's up to Ray Rice to find his vintage form. Rice, on pace for fewer than 900 rushing yards, has only one play from scrimmage longer than 10 yards (14) this season. That leaves a defense with coverage issues to roll the dice against QB Aaron Rodgers, which shapes up as a losing proposition.
*Our pick: Packers 27-20