staff predictions

Battle of defenses will keep scoring between Packers, Ravens low

Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 8-5
Packers 17, Ravens 10
Comment: Brett Favre is better than Kyle Boller, Samkon Gado is better than former 2,000-yard rusher Jamal "Opposite of Small" Lewis, and the Packers' defense is better than the Ravens' Ray Lewis-less unit.

Tom Andrews, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 8-5
Ravens 21, Packers 20
Comment: Like the Packers, the Ravens are in the midst of a very forgettable season. Unlike the Packers, the Ravens have been on a bit of a roll of late, at least at home. They've won 4 of their last 5 games at M&T Bank Stadium and have a 4-2 mark at home in 2005. Even without Ray Lewis, Baltimore's defense has been stingy against the run, holding Denver to 96 yards on 32 carries last week. It's Monday Night and that often bodes well for the home team. I look for the Packers to compete but come up a bit short at the end.

Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 7-6
Ravens 10, Packers 9
Comment: Two teams having bad seasons with good defenses equals one ugly game. Follow that?

Harry Sydney, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 7-6
Packers 9, Ravens 6
Comment: I really don't think either team will score, so it comes down to field-goal kicking and I give the edge to Ryan Longwell.

Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 6-7
Packers 17, Ravens 12
Comment: Will any neutral fan watch this game? This game is the equivalent of 49ers-Jets on "Monday Night Football." Why the Packers win is Brett Favre is no Kyle Boller, and Ray Lewis and Ed Reed aren't playing. Also, this may be the Packers' last Monday night appearance for a while, so enjoy, if possible.

Todd Korth, Managing Editor
Season prediction record: 5-8
Ravens 20, Packers 17
Comment: The Ravens have the sixth-best defense in the league and they're playing at home. Though the Packers are coming off a victory, Baltimore will squeak this one out with a field goal at the end for a little Monday Night drama in a ho-hum game.

Jeff Royle, Publisher
Season prediction record: 5-8
Packers 17, Ravens 13
Comment: I see a rather boring defensive battle on Monday night. If the Packers can get going with Gado, I don't think the Boller lead Ravens will be able to keep up. I'll be very surprised if Favre has ANOTHER bad game.

Jay Royle, Publisher
Season prediction record: 5-8
Packers 2, Ravens 0
Comment: Packer defense gets it done.

W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 5-8
Packers 26, Ravens 13
Comment: The schedule makers would like to have this one back, but Green Bay stays on a roll with another strong outing by Samkon Gado and a consistent performance by Brett Favre.

John Lombardi, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 4-9
Packers 17, Ravens 13
Comment: Kyle Boller vs. Brett Favre. I take Favre.

Bob Fox, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 3-10
Packers 24, Ravens 10
Comment: It's Monday night so expect Brett Favre to bounce back and throw a couple of TD passes as he has gone two consecutive games without throwing one. The Packers are number one in the NFL in pass defense and Raven QB Kyle Boller has really struggled so far this year. The Packers need to stop the Ravens running game and force Boller to throw. The Ravens may be missing RB Jamal Lewis, who is questionable with a hand injury. The Packers will also catch a break as another Lewis will be missing. That would be All-Pro MLB Ray Lewis who is out for the year with a leg injury.

Laura Veras Marran, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 3-10
Packers 27, Ravens 17
Comment: Green Bay picked up some badly-needed confidence last week. So forget the draft pick - the Packers will win out.

Mark A. Wallenfang, Photographer
Season prediction record: 3-10
Packers 31, Ravens 13
Comment: The Packers' defense will have a field day and Favre will shine on national TV. Besides, the Packers can't drop a third straight loss on a Monday Night Football appearance this season, so this is a win.

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