Watch Monday Night Football Live Streaming Baltimore Ravens vs New England Patriots Live Online Week 13 match will be kick off at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States, 12 december 2016 online, Time 08:30 ET and its broadcast CBS, ESPN, NFL Network Online.
KICKOFF: Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, Gillette Stadium. TV: ESPN, Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters.
SERIES HISTORY: 9th regular-season meeting. New England leads the all-time series, 6-2. As annual division leaders and playoff teams, the Patriots and Ravens have become heated AFC rivals in recent years. The teams have split four playoff battles since January 2010, all in Foxborough, with the winner advancing to the Super Bowl three times. The last meeting was New England’s impressive comeback for the 35-31 victory in January 2015, twice fighting back form 14-point deficits on the way to an eventual Lombardi Trophy. The last regular-season battle was a 41-7 blowout by New England in Baltimore. Since John Harbaugh took over the Ravens in 2008, five of the eight battles in the series have been decided by one score.
The Patriots are looking to find a comfort zone without Rob Gronkowski, out for the season with a back injury. Tom Brady has often turned to the big tight end in big games in the past, but that won’t be an option.
Even though LeGarrette Blount is having a career year, it’s unlikely the big back will be a big part of the offensive game plan against the NFL’s No. 1 rush defense, a Baltimore front that allows just 3.4 yards per carry. Instead it wouldn’t be crazy to think Josh McDaniels will utilize more spread type sets and go at the Ravens through the air. That could include some split-back looks with receiving backs James White and Dion Lewis to put stress on the Baltimore linebackers and safeties. Quick throws to avoid pressure, the screen game and getting Martellus Bennett more involved will likely all be aspects of the offensive approach in what is expected to be a dogfight with Baltimore.
The Patriots’ defense will need to find a way to put some pressure on Joe Flacco. Last week, New England used more blitzes against Rams rookie QB Jared Goff, but such an aggressive approach is less likely against a veteran quarterback with a varied cast of playmakers.
The Patriots’ front instead will look to stop the run early, an obvious secondary aspect of the Ravens’ offense. From there, Matt Patricia likely will throw a lot of different looks — man and zone — at Flacco from snap to snap.
Baltimore’s offense finally had a breakout game last week against the Dolphins, amassing 496 yards. That might be hard to duplicate on the road against the Patriots, who are ranked ninth in the NFL in total defense. Flacco wants to be more aggressive and take shots downfield. Baltimore, however, will need an effective running attack to keep Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense off the field. Last week against the Dolphins, the Ravens attempted 47 passes and ran just 20 times in a 38-6 victory. That ratio will likely need to be more even to have success against New England.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Patriots LT Nate Solder vs. Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs. New England’s pass protection has been suspect and that will be tested by a formidable Ravens front. Solder has been solid as a run blocker in 2016, but the former first-round pick has been inconsistent protecting Tom Brady’s blind side. Suggs has been his usual disruptive self, leading the Ravens with eight sacks and three forced fumbles. Solder’s matchup with the Ravens’ all-time sack leader will be a key battle in the trenches.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco vs. Patriots S Devin McCourty. McCourty is the Pro Bowl leader of the back end in New England, ensured with the group’s varied coverages being communicated and executed. Flacco has heated up over the last month and is doing an impressive job spreading the ball around to his various weapons. McCourty will be tasked with getting the Patriots lined up to defend tight end Dennis Pitta and wide receivers Steve Smith Sr., Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman and Kamar Aiken, all of whom have made key plays in recent games.
The Ravens have won four home games in the past five weeks, but can they win on the road against a Patriots team that has lost only twice this season?
OUR PICK: Patriots, 24-21.