Ravens trail Packers 6-0 after strange first half (make that 9-0 in third)

The Ravens should feel fortunate they head to halftime needing just a touchdown to take the lead.

Baltimore’s offense was simply atrocious in the first half, gaining 122 yards, including an ugly 21 via the rush, in being blanked by the Packers. The Ravens punted six times on eight possessions, turning it over on downs and committing a giveaway on the other two.

The Ravens defense stood its ground, holding Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay to just six points, however, to make this look like a winnable game heading to the third quarter.

Perhaps the 6-0 score is fitting for a first half that included a blocked Ravens punt fumbled by Green Bay and recovered by Baltimore, a stop at the 1 by the Packers on the ensuing drive, and a late recovered fumble by Green Bay that allowed the visitors to head to the locker room up by more than a field goal.

Ray Rice has run for 13 yards on nine carries while Joe Flacco is just 8-for-19 for 113 yards and a fumble. Rodgers is 10-for-21 for 116 yards and two fumbles.

This can’t be the type of game anyone was expecting when matching these two quarterbacks head to head. But exceptional defensive performances on both sides have made it so.

Elvis Dumervil is having his best game as a Raven with two sacks and two forced fumbles so far. Art Jones added a sack while James Ihedigbo recovered a fumble.

Holding the Packers to 163 yards and six points through two quarters is quite a feat. And after both teams have a chance to take a breath, it’ll be interesting to see if a cleaner couple of quarters remain.

Update: The way the Ravens offense is performing, anything more than a touchdown seems like asking too much. And that’s where we are with 6:06 to go in the third quarter.

Mason Crosby’s third field goal of the day, a 50-yarder, has increased the Packers’ lead to 9-0.

Baltimore has eight punts and four first downs in 10 possessions. So a comeback doesn’t seem too likely. Maybe the defense or special teams have some points in them to make it possible. But the offense certainly doesn’t fill one with hope right now.