Game #15: New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland.
TV/Radio: CBS/98.5 The Sports Hub
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Keys to Victory
Force a turnover: The Patriots have not been getting defensive takeaways of late and it’s contributed to their recent lackluster 3-2 record over their last five games. New England began the season 7-2, forcing turnovers in each of those contests. Joe Flacco will throw an interception if baited into one. Bill Belichick’s defense needs to make a play in order to aid the offense in gaining some separation.
Counter Baltimore’s special teams play: Justin Tucker has been dominant of late, hitting several clutch field goals for the Ravens. New England must be stingy defensively, because Tucker will tee it up from 60+ yards if given the chance. Jacoby Jones is an elite return man. Stephen Gostkowski and Ryan Allen must make a conscious effort to keep the ball away from him in kicking situations.
Amp up the pace offensively: Running the no-huddle effectively will make life difficult on the Ravens, limiting their ability to make adequate substitutions. If Tom Brady can keep Jon Harbaugh’s club off balance and retreating backward, then New England’s chances of winning will skyrocket.
Protect Brady: It’s no secret that the New England offensive line is beat up. They’ve struggled to protect Brady of late. They’ll have to be on top things Sunday because the Ravens are highly active up front. It could be a long afternoon for the Patriot offense otherwise.