Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/23/12

New England Patriots @ Baltimore Ravens


In a rematch of last season's AFC Championship game, both teams currently sit at 1-1 and both teams are not happy about being there. The Ravens dropped a game to the Philadelphia Eagles on a last second touchdown and the Patriots somehow lost to the Cardinals even though statistically dominating the contest. 

New England Patriots (1-1): Tom Brady has been pressured more than usual as the offensive line still does not look to be on the same page. Brady, a likely first round pick, is a must start every week.

Stevan Ridley has really opened some eyes early in the season. Blowing up for 125 yards rushing week 1 and following that up with a good week 2, Ridley is the go-to back for the Patriots while Vereen is out and probably even after Vereen's return.

Wes Welker seems to have been demoted? Whatever the case he was able to come off the bench and lead the Patriots in receiving yards with 95 on five receptions. Brandon Lloyd has come dangerously close to connecting on a few deep balls from Tom Brady and when that connection finally does happen, Lloyd is in for some big weeks ahead.

Aaron Hernandez went down last week (ankle) and is going to be out a while (4-6 weeks). Rob Gronkowski will see even more targets with Hernandez out.

Good starts: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Stevan Ridley, Brandon Lloyd, Wes Welker

Middle of the road: --

Bad starts: --

 

Baltimore Ravens (1-1): Joe Flacco has relished so far in the Ravens new up-tempo offense. Good match-up this week could make for an interesting play here.

Ray Rice has been the compliment to the new style of offense and what a good compliment to have. Another must start as you probably spent a high first round pick on him.

Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith are both good starts this week as this game has the makings of a shootout.

Dennis Pitta leads all tight-ends in targets (24) this season and that number will only climb on Sunday night.

Good starts: Dennis Pitta, Ray Rice

Middle of the road: Torrey Smith, Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin

Bad starts: Jacoby Jones, Ed Dickson

 

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