Ravens Never Die, They Adapt: Ravens vs. Patriots Week 3

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Ravens are one of the oldest living species on the planet (approximately 17 million years), through all their history, they have a had a noticeable tendency to adapt and find a way to survive. Ever since the Baltimore Ravens were established by Art Modell in 1996, they have survived more successfully than any other team in the league for the amount of time they have been in it, but the Ravens don`t gloat, they adapt, and they have adapted again for the 2012 season!

Known for being one of the best defensive orientated teams in all of football, the Ravens know the NFL is a pass first/high scoring league now and in order to be successful you have to rack up points on offense too. Ray Lewis shed 30 pounds because of this reason alone and now he can cover more ground and stay on the field for all three downs comes game day. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron also adapted from his conservative style approach to a hurry up offense which prevents defenses from scheming and changing personnel on the field as needed, but they wouldn`t be able to run this type of offense without quarterback Joe Flacco at the helm. On the flip side, new Patriots offensive coordinator Josh Mcdaniels, can`t seem to get his team on the right page. Funny how things work, but it`s even more hilarious how the Patriots are 5-1 against the Ravens the last 6 games they have played one another while Tom Brady`s quarterback rating average is at a measly 69.1 percent. Say what? He`s thrown 6 touchdowns versus 8 interceptions against the Ravens in the past 6 games and you have to scratch your head as to why the Patriots keep squeaking out wins against them.

NOT TODAY: Even more reason for the Ravens to switch up their offense in the 2012 season, the time to change the win loss column against the Patriots going forward starts this weekend at M & T Bank Stadium. That`s right ladies and gentleman, do any of you recall the crowd noise that helped the Ravens demolish and scavenge the Bengals on opening week? Consider that one of many factors that give the Ravens the edge in this Sunday night`s match up @ home against the Pats.

Just a reminder: Throw the past contests out of the window when looking into this upcoming game and pay attention to the fear the Ravens have instilled in the Patriots heading into week 3.

Game Plan: On the road and against elite opponents, a team typically wants to slow the game down and with Stevan Ridley averaging 6 yards a rushing attempt, I would expect the Patriots to ride the Ridley while they can to slow the Ravens down. Bill Belichick better dig deeper than that if he wants to come out with a win but I just don`t see it happening with recent injuries and lack of offensive cohesiveness. The Ravens are averaging 33.5 points a game while the Patriots are averaging 26 so I expect the Ravens to feel comfortable dialing up any play out of the playbook that they so desire and baiting the Patriots defense on play action passes throughout the game.

Noticeable Injuries: Patriots - Aaron Hernandez (out), Brandon Lloyd (q), Logan Mankins (q), Dan Connolly (q), Nick McDonald (q)

Ravens - Jake Reid (d), Bernard Pollard (q)

Prediction: I expect the battered Patriots to keep it respectful in the short term but it`s safe to assume the Ravens win in every phase of the game in this one. The Ravens win big, 33-20.

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