This is not a shoo-in for either team. The Ravens took the last matchup, but NE has been a better team throughout the year. All that matters is what happens in those 60 minutes and beyond. The Patriots have the edge playing at home. They have a quarterback with a track record of winning these games. Having said that, Denver got eliminated yesterday by a 9 point underdog on their home turf. The Ravens can take this one.
This year, the Patriots had a chance to win in Baltimore but did not. The fault lies in their own failed execution. But revenge for past games is a stupid reason to get motivated for this game and it irrelevant.
I believe the Patriots will be a tough out. I'm not expecting a blow out, let alone a win. They're well coached and it will most likely be a close game throughout. I think our offense will definitely have to come up big and score consistently. I have more faith in the D than others. I know Brady will make his plays, like Manning, he's a great QB, but I feel confident that we can play inspired and make some stops. Should be another great game.
I think the Ravens are going to get their revenge. Much like last year, it will come down to being able to pass the ball effectively, as NE is very tough against the run. That said, I think that our running game will do better than Houston's did today, because I think that Bellichick will try to take away the Ravens strength, which is the big plays. That will leave things opened up underneath. Look for shorter crossing routes, and an almost Patriot's-like approach to moving the chains. When the Pats try to adjust, that is when the Ravens will strike with big plays.
On the other side of the ball, I think the Ravens will take a similar approach they did in Denver, and that is press the receivers and disrupt their routes. They are basically facing the same type of offense they just played in Denver.
Well, at least all of the d-bag New Englanders can congregate in this thread and ramble on about lobstaaah caaahhhss and Jimmy Fallon's punk ass.
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And I thought Hensley was bad. I guess everyone else should just go home and forget about it... never mind that Brady and the Pats have lost games this season to two of the other three teams that are left.