I can almost guarantee you that Tom Brady and Patriot fans were hoping to see the Steelers knock off the Ravens in the Wild Card round, but unfortunately that did not happen. This will be the 4th time since 2010 that the Ravens and Patriots will meet in the playoffs and all the games will be played in Foxboro. Apparently playing Tom Brady and Bill Belichick on the road doesn't phase the Ravens, as they have won 2 of the 3 games and have made Brady look pretty bad. In the two games the Ravens have won, they've beaten the Pats 28-13 & 33-14. The one game they lost, they lost 23-20, but led the game heading into the 4th quarter. Brady threw for 3 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in those games. Joe Flacco in the last two meetings threw for 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Back in 2010, Flacco threw the ball just 10 times as the Ravens ran the ball 52 times for 234 yards and 4 touchdowns.


Baltimore without a doubt, benefited from the Steelers not having Le'Veon Bell and took advantage. They held the Steelers to just 68 yards on 19 carries. They'll face a tougher test against the Patriots as they will deal with Jonas Gray, Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount. However the Ravens do have the 4th best run defense in the league so I don't see the Pats running wild.

The key for the Ravens on defense is their pass rush. We all know Brady does not like to be hit and when he does, he's rattled. Last week the Ravens were able to bring down Ben Roethlisberger 5 times, which is no easy task. If they can constantly hit Brady, knocking him down, chasing him out of the pocket, it'll throw him off his game and change everything.

Brady has a ton of weapons with Rob Gronkowski being his main target, and is a nightmare matchup for any defense. Gronk caught 82 balls for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's back to being healthy and playing better than ever. Julian Edelman is another x factor who caught 92 passes this year for 972 yards and scored 4 times.

The Ravens will need to get their run game going if they want to get their offense going and keep Brady on the sidelines. They ran for just 49 yards on 25 carries against the Steelers and that won't get it done against New England. I expected more from Justin Foresett who carried the ball 16 times for just 36 yards, which included a long of 14. Bernard Pierce saw just one carry but it went for a 5 yard TD. If Forsett struggles against New England, I'd expect Pierce to see extended playing time.

Yes, they have Flacco and yes they have Torrey Smith and Steve Smith Sr. but New England has a very good secondary led by Darrelle Revis. Probably just a safer bet to keep it on the ground.

I really believe that this has a chance to turn into a defense battle, with both teams making mistakes and turning the ball over. The winner of this game will be the team who wins the turnover battle and has more success on the ground.

However if I had to put money on a quarterback, I'm picking Brady over Flacco every time. 

Give me the Ravens at +7.5 and the under of 49.


Prediction - Patriots 24 Ravens 20


Panthers @ Seahawks
Cowboys @ Packers
Colts @ Broncos