Re: Patriots vs Ravens Game Thread
posted at 12/22/2013 8:18 PM EST
In response to seattlepat70's comment:
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
Tavon wilson looked pretty fast
Hey largest home loss in ravens history.
Bb doesnt know how to build a team
The best part was the Pats ran the ball down the throats of a team you can't run on.
How the Patriots Will Win This Week
By Richard Hill @PP_Rich_Hill on Dec 19 2013, 4:00p
This will be the eighth time the Patriots have faced the Ravenssince Bill Belichick's 2007 explosion of offensive identity, the most against any non-divisional foe. You wouldn't think it, but the Patriots hold a 4-3 advantage, although they've lost the past two. However, none of New England's victories have come by more than a score (biggest win: 27-21 in 2009). Two of the Ravens victories have been blowouts (both playoff games).
For some reason, the Ravens always step up their game against the Patriots and there's no easy way for Brady and the team to leave with a win.
Running the Ball
First off, the Patriots can't run the ball against the Ravens. That just has to be accepted as a fact. Baltimore's always been an elite defense and there are clear shades of influence from Rex Ryan in the level of pure dominance against the run. Of the Patriots backs with 10+ carries against the Ravens since 2007, only Kevin Faulk holds an average over over 4 yards per carry (4.12). Danny Woodhead is second with 3.6 ypc (and leads the team with 35 carries over this time frame). Bigger backs, like Stevan Ridley (3.45),BenJarvus Green-Ellis (3.52), and Laurence Maroney (2.48) haven't seen much success at all.
Solution: Shane Vereen. He had curiously little impact against the Dolphinsand it's clear that he was schemed out of the offense. He was Faulk'd and Westbrook'd by Miami and the Patriots had to make due with the other receivers. He has to be an active part of the offense against the Ravens and it's not just because he's essentially replaced Faulk and Woodhead; it's because he's the most versatile player the team has left and when he's not involved the team becomes handcuffed to predictability.
Sure, let Ridley and LeGarrette Blount handle some of the snaps, but this isn't a game where a decimated offensive line is going to overpower a historically dominant run defense. Know thine enemy and scheme around it. Quick passes and "move" plays in space to get around the defensive line and pass rush. Vereen does that the best.