Last week, the Ravens surpassed the Denver Broncos in a thrilling 38-35 victory to advance to AFC Championship game. Throughout the state, fans have been chomping at the bit, ready to get Sunday's game against the Patriots under way. No matter where you go these days, there will never be a lack of purple pride! Whether it is a jersey, or maybe even just a scarf, Baltimore fans are making their team spirit known!
Sunday's game in New England will bring some tough task to a Raven team who beat the Patriots already in September. Tom Brady will look to surge the Patriot offense and spark them early. Using the short passing game, and the incredible offensive line, Brady has his mind set to huge points.
Ray Lewis and his defense have other plans...
Since the announcement of #52's retiring, the Baltimore defense has played well and beaten two impressive offenses. Last week, it was the future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning. This week, Lewis and Co. will see an opponent just as tough in Tom Brady.
In order to stop Brady, the defense will look to use crowd noise to their advantage. Since Gillette Stadium in Foxboro will be quiet when the defense takes the field, Ray Lewis should be able to keep the defense in order. Whether it is putting pressure on Brady, or stopping the Wide-Receivers, Lewis should be able to control his defense with ease.
On offense, QB Joe Flacco will look to keep his winning-ways going against a stout New England defense. Last week, Flacco threw for over 300 yards and tossed 3 TD's through the air. If "Joe Cool" can use weapons like Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta effectively, the offense might be able to surpass last week's 38 point total.
The Ravens will take on the Patriots on Sunday. CBS 6:30ET.