What the Ravens are saying about the Patriots this week

While Flacco would like to stay aggressive against New England (10-2), Baltimore (7-5) will need more balance between throwing and running the ball to keep Tom Brady and company off the field. "We have to eliminate the run with our packages and as we play as a group". "I think they do things really well in a lot of areas, so they're good in first-down defense, good in third-down defense, third-and-short, good on the goal line, good in the red area".

The Ravens defense hasn't had many opportunities like that this season. He is the NFL's longest-tenured active head coach and now is 4th in regular season coaching wins in the National Football League at 242, and first in playoff coaching wins with 23.

Baltimore has home wins over the Dolphins and Bengals the last two weeks, and the team is 4-1 SU and ATS in its past five since a four-game skid. "They can win games", cornerback Jimmy Smith said.

One of the keys for the Baltimore Ravens will be keeping cooler heads in the heated matchup against the New England Patriots on Monday night.

That may be where the defense starts, but definitely not where it ends. "This guy's a Pro Bowl tight end", Pees said. They have met in the playoffs numerous times and their last meeting was a 35-31 thriller won by New England.

Brady is undefeated against the No. 1 defense in the league with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions, according to NFL Research. So satisfied is Weddle after every win that he eats an entire gallon of ice cream with Oreos and caramel mixed in.

Suggs is the Ravens' career sacks leader with 114.5, fifth among active players and that includes a team-high eight this season. Join the Chowder and Champions team!

Blount, who turned 30 on Monday, has scored an NFL-best 13 rushing touchdowns and needs just one more to tie Curtis Martin for the franchise record in that department.

My first flawless week of the season was a nervy one.

Belichick has extensive authority over the Patriots' football operations, effectively making him the general manager of the team. The Ravens offensively are playing their best football of the season and are just hitting their stride. They're at the top of their division. Of the last six games played between the two teams, four of them have been decided by less than 4 points (regular season and postseason). Why do these two quarterbacks choose to harness their "eliteness" only in January and February?

I know everyone feels great about the Ravens after last week's offensive explosion and defensive dominance, but traveling to New England for a Monday night game is a different kettle of fish, as they say (no pun intended, Dolphins fans). "I just look at the opponent, look at what they do, and the only thing that matters is what they do this week in practice and in the game".

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