This is a matchup that's a classic argument. Offense vs Defense.
The Ravens clearly have a better defense. Multiple turnovers against the Texans, key turnovers. They seem to have been in the right place all game long last week. They sacrifice their well being for the next play.
Brady had an incredible game against the Broncos. They have the offense that can put up points.
The one problem with New England is that Brady sems to go to his tight end way too often. The Ravens will look to shut down Gronkowski and take away Brady's #1 choice.
I think the best chance the Pats have to win is by establishing a run game and giving different looks in their passing game. Brady might want to rush the ball himself to help bring up the linebackers and safety's.
I'll pick the Pats to go to the Super Bowl against the 49ERS.
Aaron Hernandez seems to be ok after coming out late in the game Saturday, so Brady actually has two tight end options, and either one of them is capable of a huge game (Hernandez had over 900 yards receiving and 7 TDs in the regular season). Those two working together have a way of keeping safeties from staying back to protect the deep threat. Hernandez has also worked his way into the running game, leading the team with 61 rushing yards (out of a team total of 146) against Denver.
The Patriots have a much more versatile offense than teams give them credit for, which is probably why they haven't lost since early November. The lowest number of points they've scored in a game since that loss to the Giants: 27.
The Pats can definately move the ball and Brady is no stranger to playoff pressure. Then again neither is Flacco. He's just not as good.
I do root for the Ravens and Flacco because he hasn't received much respect at all and he's one of the better Q-B's in the league. He's not outstanding but he is underrated by a lot of people.
If Brady shows up like he did against the Broncos...It's going to be a long game for the opposing team. I don't care...who shows up to play 'em!
Hey...is the dog in your avatar a lab-chow mix...by any chance? (It looks similiar to my lab-chow mix.)
it all comes down to flacco. Will he be the flacco of years past or the flacco of this year with deminished stats and abilitys. Thats the big question, I think he'll show up and make a big difference.
This time around Offense can beat Defense. Brady has more long arms (in pairs - Gronk and Hernandez) to pass the ball. You add Welker to that and they can spread the Ravens defense. The defense of Pats is not that bad either, they showed that last week against Tebow that is why his lungs is injured (Pats overdid it )
For selfish reasons, I don't like the Ravens to win (although I like their defense) as it will be against the oath, me being a Steelers fan
Defenses have reigned supreme so far in this years playoffs with the 49's and giants winning. The Giants remind me of the Giants team that went to the Superbowl in 2007. I like them to beat the 49'rs. As for the Ravens and Patriots, Flacco and the Ravens play up to their competition and have for several years. I think Flacco is going to have a lot better day than last week and the Raven squeek one out in Foxboro.
Giants and Ravens Superbowl.
Ravens win it.
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