Originally posted on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 1/17/12
Listening to an interview with Qadry Ismail and Stan White (former NFL players) on WBAL-AM last night, I was given some clarity on the matchup advantages of both the underdog Ravens and the New England Patriots:1. The Ravens match up better in the running game against the Patriots than they did against the Houston Texans;2. The Ravens defensive secondary is healthier and better at coverage than Tom Brady may anticipate.The traditional thought on beating Brady is getting to him often and early with a multi-look pass rush... that approach worked for the Ravens in the 2010 playoff game in Foxboro. But the Patriots will counter that strategy by probably keeping an extra blocker or two on the line or in the backfield.  By doing so, the Pats may actually play into the Ravens hands by removing one or two of Brady's receiving targets on certain passing downs, and the Ravens are hoping those hold-backs will include one of Brady's excellent tight ends.But the Ravens also know that Brady does ...
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