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Ravens vs. Patriots: Open Thread


NFL: New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Sunday night and the Baltimore Ravens (6-2) are looking to further bury the New England Patriots (3-5).

Both teams feature exciting quarterbacks who have offered polite remarks for one another, but now it’s time to see which team will boast victory when the game clock ceases.

The Ravens come into this as a heavy favorite (-6.5). The Patriots, meanwhile, are struggling to gain traction and there’s no team you’d less enjoy getting things back on track against than the Ravens and their No. 1 ranked defense.

The defense, called by Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale, have caused 14 takeaways, including 10 forced fumbles. This is bad news for Cam Newton and the struggling Patriots offense, as Newton’s thrown seven interceptions and fumbled three times (lost one). If the Ravens get their hands on him early, this game could be over at halftime.

For all the hype of this being a lopsided affair, there’s always one thing to worry about, and that is Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. He understands how to nullify any opponents best options and how they’ll need a supplementary plan to defeat him.

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Go Ravens!