Prediction Friday: Ravens-Patriots
We have made it to the postseason version of Prediction Friday.
This one is for keeps (cue the ominous piano strains).
I have thought a lot about how the Ravens are going to fare against the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.
For the most part, I like the match-up from a Ravens’ perspective. They can run the ball and the Patriots’ rush defense is spotty. Plus, potentially bad weather in New England could be conducive to a strong rushing attack.
Having Wes Welker out of the game certainly is a plus. Although Tom Brady is always difficult to contain, it helps when the defense can pressure him. The last time these two teams played, Brady was sacked three times.
In the end, though, I just don’t think I can pick the Ravens to win this. And it’s not because the Patriots have dominated these clashes before or because the Ravens are 1-6 this season against playoff-caliber clubs.
What sticks with me is that I have yet to see the Ravens dominate a really good quarterback. And in these situations, even without Welker, Brady is among the best.
So I apologize, my dear purple patrons. I’d love to side with the hometown team.
But I see the Pats winning this one 24-17. I see Brady as the hero of the game with three TDs, including a game-sealer in the fourth quarter.
Raise your glass and toast to the idiocy of your barkeep. And then give me your score and hero of the game for Sunday afternoon.
Daily Think Special: Prediction Friday: Ravens-Patriots.