The game will be here sooner than you know it and New England Patriots fans are wondering if the team can beat the Ravens in Baltimore. I think they can and they will. I talked about the game earlier in the week but I wanted to offer five reasons as to why the Pats will be victorious on Sunday.
I don’t know how much he will play, but it’s great for Brady to have another target, especially with tight end Hernandez out. Branch may take just enough pressure off of other Patriot receivers to open up the field for the pass game.
The Baltimore defense is struggling against the pass and the run. They are ranked in the lower quarter of all NFL teams and they are facing an offense that is in the top quarter of the league. There are some good holes for the running game and nice seams for the pass attack to exploit.
This is primary—the Patriots defense, which has been playing great, must play great again. The Arizona Cardinals put a very fine defense on the field but their offense overall was weak. Still they beat the Pats. This defense will face its first major challenge of the season and they must be up to it. No one in the AFC has scored more points than the Ravens.
Yes, last week he missed a big field goal, which could have won the game for the Pats. But he has been an extremely reliable kicker. Will that miss get into his head? I doubt it. Expect him to nail one when he has to do so.
Two Losses Straight?
It’s rare for the Patriots to have two straight losses and I do not think they will emulate the 2012 Red Sox and go on a losing streak. So I expect the Pats to do what they usually do—behind a very solid game plan crank out a win versus the Baltimore Ravens.
Did I Forget Something?
Oh, yes, I did forget something—what’s his name? Tom Brady. The Patriots still have one of the best QBs in the league. Tom Brady always shows up to play and to win. I expect that he will do both today. I guess that makes him the sixth reason as to why New England will be 2-1 by the end of the game on Sunday. It is an 8:30 start. Pats win 27-24.