BALTIMORE RAVENS (4-1) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-1)
SERIES LEADER: (Regular Season) Patriots 5-0
COACHES VS. OPP: Harbaugh: 1-1 Belichick: 3-1
LAST WEEK: Ravens: W 31-17 vs. Broncos Patriots: Bye (Wk. 4: W 41-14 at Dolphins)
LAST GAME10/4/09: Ravens 21 at Patriots 27. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 258 yards, including 14-yard TD pass to WR Randy Moss, as Patriots outlast Baltimore.
LAST GAME AT SITE: (Regular season) 10/4/09
BROADCASTCBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. Westwood One Radio: Howard David, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 152 (Bal.), 123 (NE). XM: 106 (NE).
PASSING: Ravens: Flacco: 97-170-1,116-5-6-72.1 Patriots: Brady: 85-122-911-9 (T3L)-2-109.0 (1L)
RUSHING: Ravens: Rice: 87-363-4.2-2 Patriots: Green-Ellis: 47-215-4.6-2
RECEIVING: Ravens: Boldin: 28-363-13.0-3 Patriots: Welker: 26-217-8.3-3
OFFENSE: Ravens- 328.2 Patriots-344.3
TAKE/GIVE: Ravens: -6 Patriots: +4 (3C)
DEFENSE: Ravens-257.8 (3L) Patriots-384.5
SACKS: Ravens-Suggs: 2.5 Patriots-G. Warren: 2
INTs: Ravens-Lewis: 1 Patriots-Chung, Ninkovich: 2 (T2C)
PUNTING: Ravens-Koch: 41.2 Patriots-Mesko (R): 42.5
KICKING: Ravens-Cundiff: 26 (11/11 PAT; 5/7 FG) Patriots-Gostkowski: 29 (17/17 PAT; 4/7 FG)
RAVENS: Club has won 3 of past 4 on road…QB JOE FLACCO (7,700) needs 147 passing yards to pass KYLE BOLLER (7,846) for most passing yards in franchise history. In past 3, Flacco has completed 60 of 93 passes (64.5 pct.) for 714 yards w/4 TDs vs. 1 INT & 97.7 passer rating…Bal. had 4 rush TDs vs. NE in last playoff game…In 2 career games vs. NE (incl. postseason), RB RAY RICE averages 131 rush yards per game (262 total) & aims for 3rd consecutive game w/100+ rush yards vs. NE (103, 159). Had 83-yard TD run in playoff game vs. NE – 2nd-longest rush in NFL playoff history. Incl. postseason, RB WILLIS MC GAHEE has 3 TDs in past 3 vs. NE (2 rush, 1 rec.). Aims for 3rd straight game w/rush TD…WR DERRICK MASON has TD rec. in 3 of past 4 vs. NE (incl. postseason). WR ANQUAN BOLDIN (7,883) needs 117 rec. yards for 8,000 career. WR T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH (593) needs 7 rec. to become 3rd current Raven w/600 career rec. (Mason, 879; Boldin, 614)…Defense allows 156.6 passing yards per game, 2nd fewest in NFL…Incl. playoffs, LB TERRELL SUGGS aims for 3rd straight game with sack vs. NE…PATRIOTS: Club has won 7 consecutive games after bye, 2nd-longest current streak in NFL (Eagles, 11)…NE leads NFL w/32.8 points per game…QB TOM BRADY has won 22 consecutive regular-season games at home as starter, tied for 2nd-longest streak by QB in NFL history (BRETT FAVRE, 25 in 1995-98; JOHN ELWAY, 22 in 1996-98). Ranks 1st in NFL w/109.0 passer rating in ’10. Brady has 70+ comp. pct. in 3 of 4 games in ’10… RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS aims for 3rd straight w/rush TD. RB DANNY WOODHEAD aims for 3rd straight game w/TD (1 rush, 1 rec.)…Since ’07, WR WES WELKER leads NFL w/372 rec…Rookie TE AARON HERNANDEZ (4th round, No. 113) averages 13.3 yards per catch (18 rec., 240 yards)…S PATRICK CHUNG blocked FG & punt last game & had 51-yard INT-TD return. Aims for 3rd consecutive game with INT…LB ROB NINKOVICH posted 1st 2 INTs of career last game…DT MIKE WRIGHT had career-high 2 sacks in last regular season game vs. Bal…KR-WR BRANDON TATE is tied for NFL high w/2 KR TDs this year.