Last time the New England Patriots matched up against the Baltimore Ravens was in December of 2007 when they were 16-0 bound for the regular season. Baltimore gave the Pats their toughest game of the year, knowing Brady’s go-ahead TD pass with 44 seconds remaining was the deciding factor in the 27-24 victory. Ray Lewis and The Ravens will be more than ready to go heading into week 4 this Sunday at Gillette.
New England and Baltimore have met a total of four times where the Patriots have shown undefeated. Behind young quarterback Joe Flacco this season the Ravens have coasted to a 3-0 start. Head coach John Harbaugh has had nothing but praise for Flacco, who has earned six TD passes thus far.
“I think he sees things better. He’s quicker with the ball versus pressure,” said Harbaugh. “He’s got a better understanding of how it all ties together with the protection and the routes. He knows how to get guys lined up. I mean, there are a thousand things that Joe does better than he did a year ago.”
Tom Brady and his offense are trying to avoid their worst start in four years. Brady is currently 3 of 10 for 10 yards in the red zone but has faith that the offense will improve for next game. “It’s just execution,” said Brady. “It’s everybody being on the same page and making the reads and throws and something we’ll evaluate and look at. We can’t keep kicking field goals, I know that. We’ve got to be better than that.”
Brady is hoping wide receiver Wes Welker will be back in action Sunday to give him more options down field. Welker contributed in New England’s week 1 win over Buffalo with 12 receptions, and since then has definitely been missed. The high intensity Baltimore defense coming to town will serve as a true test for the Patriots. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.
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