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Joe Flacco has out-played Tom Brady before, is he capable of a repeat?
Heading into Foxboro Massachusetts home of the New England Patriots and the NFL most prolific offense the Baltimore Ravens will need to be able to put serous points on the board to win the AFC Championship game.
Over the course of the playoffs and even in the last "real" game of the regular season Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense have flourished under new offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. They are scoring quickly with big plays through the passing game and somehow finding ways to stick with Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce and the running game as well. The offense has been well balanced and has been showing new formations. They have also been running different plays out of their new formations.
For instance, the team will line up in a three or four wide passing offense with a single back in the back field and still run the ball. This has lead to the offense being less predictable in most situations, as opposed to under Cam Cameron where everyone in the stadium knew whether the play would be a run or a pass.
There is no question that Baltimore has the stronger defense but is that defense strong enough to keep the leagues top offense from outscoring their own? We can only hope. Joe Flacco has been showing off the deep ball a lot since Caldwell took over and there are no signs of that stopping any time soon. The true test may be whether the Patriots new top corner back Aqib Talib can keep up with Ravens' deep threat Torrey Smith or if the Ravens are able to counter with other mismatches on Anquan Boldin or Jacoby Jones.
Hopefully the Ravens will keep using all of their offensive weapons from their duo of bright young tight ends to the duo of stud running backs they posses but one thing is certain, they will need to put up some serious points this Sunday.