Ravens vs Patriots winner: Baltimore Ravens
On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens (12-4) travel to Foxboro to take on the number one seeded New England Patriots (13-3). They say offense sells tickets and defense wins championships. The Ravens bring their 4th ranked defense to face the Patriots 2nd ranked offense. The world awaits to see which team will prevail. Throughout the week, there has been a lot of pressure placed on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Last time the Ravens faced the Patriots in the playoffs, it was Ray Rice who carried the team to a 33-14 upset of Tom Brady and the Patriots. There is also pressure on Brady. Until, the divisional round blowout, his Patriots had not won a playoff game since 2007. A year later it was revealed they were spying on their opponents. Since then, they had not won a game in the post season. The victory over Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos was not convincing considering it was against a team who was 8-8. Now he must participate in a chess match with Super Bowl XXXV Most Valuable Player Ray Lewis. Lewis will be accompanied by his defense who includes two other defensive players of the year, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs. The Patriots defense on the other hand is among the worse in the league, being ranked at 31, while the Ravens bring a mediocre, yet exciting offense. Their total offense is ranked 15th, but their run offense is ranked 10th. This should be a dogfight, but in my opinion, the Ravens defense will keep Tom Brady under control, while their offense find many ways to pick apart the Patriots.
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This story is dedicated to my uncle, Michael Carroll Sr (1961-2012)