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    Re: The OFFICIAL Ravens - Patriots Game Prediction Thread



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    The level of confidence in this thread is making me nervous. Call it paranoia, but I have come to expect that Belichick and Brady can make you pay for that kind of overconfidence.
    That being said, the Ravens are in great position to win. But the game is big,and could turn on a mistake- easily
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    Re: The OFFICIAL Ravens - Patriots Game Prediction Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark&Stormy View Post
    The level of confidence in this thread is making me nervous. Call it paranoia, but I have come to expect that Belichick and Brady can make you pay for that kind of overconfidence.
    That being said, the Ravens are in great position to win. But the game is big,and could turn on a mistake- easily
    I doubt that the team is overconfident. This is essentially an elimination game, and in this league you can be beaten by anyone on a given day. The players and coaches know what's at stake.




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    I watched the Patriots/Dolphins game and their offense is very methodical but lacks big plays. It's predicated on pass after pass of 5-15 yds as I watched them move up and down the field on Miami (usually stalling in the red zone). I think that type of offense is met well by our cornerback tandem. They're going to be in a lot of 3rd down situations and sooner rather than later I think our guys knock passes down or we get some pressure on Tom.

    On offense it's more about the Ravens not getting in the way of the Ravens. There's no hope for the running game to emerge at this point but if it can at least be in the 3.5 YPC range it would help. Pitta, Torrey, and Jones need to get some separation and I'd like to see Rice utilized more for checkdowns and screens.

    We have the special teams edge so I see a Ravens victory 23-17.




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    As usual the ravens are going to make this game a lot closer than it should be. IMHO, it will come down to red zone efficiency. See the link below. The ravens are 28th. No surprise there. NE is 15th. Neutralize Edelman because he keeps the chains moving.

    http://www.teamrankings.com/nfl/stat...ne-scoring-pct




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    Re: The OFFICIAL Ravens - Patriots Game Prediction Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Shambla View Post
    I watched the Patriots/Dolphins game and their offense is very methodical but lacks big plays. It's predicated on pass after pass of 5-15 yds as I watched them move up and down the field on Miami (usually stalling in the red zone). I think that type of offense is met well by our cornerback tandem. They're going to be in a lot of 3rd down situations and sooner rather than later I think our guys knock passes down or we get some pressure on Tom.

    On offense it's more about the Ravens not getting in the way of the Ravens. There's no hope for the running game to emerge at this point but if it can at least be in the 3.5 YPC range it would help. Pitta, Torrey, and Jones need to get some separation and I'd like to see Rice utilized more for checkdowns and screens.

    We have the special teams edge so I see a Ravens victory 23-17.
    Both of their WRs were out against Miami, their receiving threat was Edelman. It will be different this week assuming those guys are back.

    Pats rarely lose two in a row, I'm a little worried about this one, especially considering how awful our offense has been. Hoping they can find a way

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    Re: The OFFICIAL Ravens - Patriots Game Prediction Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark&Stormy View Post
    The level of confidence in this thread is making me nervous. Call it paranoia, but I have come to expect that Belichick and Brady can make you pay for that kind of overconfidence.
    Well it's a good thing that none of us posting on the thread are actually playing on the field then :P




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    Re: The OFFICIAL Ravens - Patriots Game Prediction Thread

    just heard that Nate Solder suffered his 2nd concussion in two weeks - likely will not play. They'll slide the guard over to LT
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    Re: The OFFICIAL Ravens - Patriots Game Prediction Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravens44 View Post
    ...and the Ravens winning the game, after seeing that Minnesota also beat the Bengals, will be the only thing that keeps me from falling out of the upper deck.
    I'm kindasorta halfway rooting for the Kitties in that one, if only so both teams have a decent shot at the postseason (for the benefit of our good buddy CincyCat).

    Presuming the Ravens beat the Pats, how the Bengals fare vs the Vikes is almost immaterial: Whoever wins in Cincy is the AFC North champion regardless--if both teams finish 10-6, Baltimore holds a head to head sweep. But then Cincy would take the #6 seed unless the Fins won out.

    The only effect of a Cincinnati loss to Minnesota is to shift "draw odds" from the Bengals to the Ravens: If the Week 17 donnybrook winds up tied & both teams finish 9-6-1, Baltimore wins the AFC North. Whereas if the Bengals come in already at 10 wins, a tie gives them the AFC North.

    (The other marginally interesting thing is that if Miami manages to lose one more game, Cincy at 9-6-1 would get the #6 seed even though they lost to the Fins.)

    Not that I expect a tie, but the import of the standings could make for some interesting strategy should both teams be at 9-6 & the game go into overtime...with the Jets-Fins game likely concluding sometime near when the OT period begins...
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    Re: The OFFICIAL Ravens - Patriots Game Prediction Thread

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    Re: The OFFICIAL Ravens - Patriots Game Prediction Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by lobachevsky View Post
    I'm kindasorta halfway rooting for the Kitties in that one, if only so both teams have a decent shot at the postseason (for the benefit of our good buddy CincyCat).

    Presuming the Ravens beat the Pats, how the Bengals fare vs the Vikes is almost immaterial: Whoever wins in Cincy is the AFC North champion regardless--if both teams finish 10-6, Baltimore holds a head to head sweep. But then Cincy would take the #6 seed unless the Fins won out.

    The only effect of a Cincinnati loss to Minnesota is to shift "draw odds" from the Bengals to the Ravens: If the Week 17 donnybrook winds up tied & both teams finish 9-6-1, Baltimore wins the AFC North. Whereas if the Bengals come in already at 10 wins, a tie gives them the AFC North.

    (The other marginally interesting thing is that if Miami manages to lose one more game, Cincy at 9-6-1 would get the #6 seed even though they lost to the Fins.)

    Not that I expect a tie, but the import of the standings could make for some interesting strategy should both teams be at 9-6 & the game go into overtime...with the Jets-Fins game likely concluding sometime near when the OT period begins...
    Exactly. The only thing a Vikings win against the Bemgals is Patriots insurance. It allows us to lose and still be in the hunt. For the division, we have to win in Cincy.




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    Re: The OFFICIAL Ravens - Patriots Game Prediction Thread

    Of their final three scheduled games (all against 1st place teams), this one scares me the most. Bellicek and Brady are looking for a measure of revenge, they seldom lose consecutive games, and the Ravens were shut out of the endzone in Detroit (against a dubious defense). We cannot possibly expect a similar game on Sunday (winning exclusively on FGs); the Patriots offense will not "throw up on themselves" (per Trent Dilfer) as the Lions did. And Brady does not have to avoid Ed Reed's side of the field anymore.

    On the other hand, even in meetings the Patriots have won, Brady has struggled (will Reed's absence change that?). The Ravens own a 2-1 edge in elimination (playoff) games. And is it likely that the Ravens, certainly 'on a roll' emotionally, would see their realistic playoff hopes end at home?

    The bottom line (as it was in Detroit): The Patriots can afford to lose this game, the Ravens cannot.

    NE 17
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    P.S. Flacco wearing a knee brace for the first time is a big concern. As in Chicago, the Ravens running game must 'step up' big time.
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    Re: The OFFICIAL Ravens - Patriots Game Prediction Thread

    I still fear the Pats. Can't overlook the comebacks. Denver had them beat. I don't think Baltimore will get the calls, especially since NFL refs were put on notice with that ESPN PI montage during the game last week.

    Still, like every week this year, I can see a blowout either way, or a nail biter to the end.

    Baltimore pressures NE's O, a pick 6, 1 TD, and 4 Tuckers. 26-24 Ravens, not really as close as the score indicates. Pees, wise fully so, goes prevent to milk the clock and NE TO's. On side fails, Baltimore wins, Belichek snorts and Brady whines. Or so I hope.




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    Re: The OFFICIAL Ravens - Patriots Game Prediction Thread

    Well, this is a much more favorable match up than it was on MNF against the Lions on the road. The Pats are missing a ton of their talent, Wilfolk, Mayo, Gronk, and possibly BOTH of their OTs, absolutely crazy. NE are a much more mentally tough team than the Lions however, and this is still going to be a hard game. NE and Balt games are basically the same as Steeler/Ravens games. Both teams know each other too well, so it's still going to come down to the wire. The Ravens will be favorites in this game, its a MUST win game for them, at the bank (the crowd is going to be crazy for this one), and they are a pretty hot team right now.

    I still think the Cincy game will be the hardest at their place.




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