"Clay Matthews is our best player on defense, but this is pro football. We've been down this road before," said McCarthy. "It's an excellent opportunity for others to step up and make plays and be part of packages as we get ready for an excellent Baltimore Ravens football team."
Green Bay has won three of its four meetings with the Ravens, including a 27-14 victory in the last encounter on Dec. 7, 2009 at home. Matthews had two sacks in that game.
The Ravens have won the only previous game between the clubs in Baltimore, a 48-3 rout on Dec. 19, 2005.
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The Packers have been excellent versus the run this season, giving up just 86 yards per game to rank fifth in the NFL. They have struggled, though, against the pass, yielding 288.8 YPG and lost a big part of their pass rush in Matthews.
Mike Neal is likely to join Perry as the outside linebackers and both are coming off solid games. Perry had five tackles and forced a fumble versus the Lions in addition to his two sacks, while Neal had a sack and made two of his six tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
"We're going to miss Clay. Clay brings a lot of stuff to the table, but I think people get so caught up in Clay's ability to make plays, that everybody else just has to play their game," said Neal. "We're not going to be able to mimic what clay does, but we control what we do. As long as we do that, we'll be fine."
With Flacco having been picked off five times in the Week 4 loss to the Bills, the Ravens wanted to get the run game going versus the Dolphins and Rice had a season-high 27 rush attempts despite a nagging hip injury that held him out of action in Week 3.
There is no doubt that Rice alters how defenses can play Flacco as is also dynamic in the passing game. He had six catches versus the Dolphins, while wideout Torrey Smith made six grabs for 121 yards. That made him the first Raven since Qadry Ismail in 1999 to post back-to-back 100-yard receiving games.
Baltimore was shorthanded in the receiving department last weekend with Jacoby Jones again out with a knee injury and Marlon Brown inactive because of a thigh issue. Jones, who was hurt in Week 1, was limited in practice again on Wednesday, a status he held all of last week, while Brown and Brandon Stokley (thigh) were also limited.
Suggs has matched a club record by recording a sack in five straight games, tying the mark set by Adalius Thomas (2005, '06) and Paul Kruger (2012). He knows the Ravens' defense, which ranks 14th overall in the NFL, faces a tough challenge this weekend with Rodgers, but the surging Green Bay ground game can't be ignored either.
The Packers totaled 180 yards on 33 carries versus the Lions, marking the first time the franchise has run for at least 135 yards in three straight games since 2006.
Lacy, meanwhile, fell one yard shy of becoming the third straight different running back to reach 100 yards rushing in a game.
"A little bit (frustrating), but you know, 99 yards, that's still positive," said Lacy of just missing the mark. "It's a long season. We have a long road ahead of us, so we'll get there eventually."
Green Bay ranks fifth overall in rushing at 141.0 yards per game, the first time it has ranked in the top five on the ground at any point in the season since finishing the 2003 campaign with the third-ranked ground attack.
An increased ground presence can only make Rodgers move dangerous, especially down the field. His 83-yard scoring throw to Jones last week was his 12th career TD pass of 70-plus yards.