Sun, 09/23 at 8:20 PM EDT
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The Ravens are coming off a frustrating loss in Philadelphia. Inexplicably, the game plan only allowed Ray Rice 16 touches and QB Joe Flacco had 42 passing attempts. New England lost to the Arizona Cardinals, a team that shouldn’t have gone into Foxboro and win. There’s much on the line in this match-up, one of these teams will leave 1-2 on the season.
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Ravens Coverage vs. Patriot’s Tight Ends:
There’s no doubt QB Tom Brady has one of the best tightend tandems in the NFL. Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have been prolific and a major focus for New England’s offense. The Ravens have to get creative and cover both players. A linebacker covering either is a recipe for disaster. You have to think the Ravens will mix some ‘nickel’ personnel in this match-up, especially on third downs. Last week in Philadelphia the Ravens secondary gave up 8 receptions and 157 yards to tight end Bret Celek. Injury Update: Aaron Hernandez will most likely miss this game (and the next few weeks) with an ankle injury.
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