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At the start of the season, prediction would have probably led to the Patriots winning in a blowout. With the Ravens now surging, however, it becomes a little more complicated to forecast the outcome of this sneaky good Monday night matchup that could be somewhat reminiscent of their 2015 divisional playoff game that the Pats won en route to their fourth franchise Super Bowl victory.
Oakland’s loss to Kansas City on Thursday night put the Patriots one-half game up for the No. 1 seed in the AFC entering the final quarter of the season, they can solidify the front-running status tonight.
New England has won three in a row and can wrap up the AFC East title for an eight consecutive season — which would be an NFL record — with a win over Baltimore and a loss by Miami. The Patriots own a deceptive 7-1 regular-season record in the series against the Ravens, who have been a major nemesis for New England and quarterback Tom Brady. Four of the last six meetings (playoffs included) have been decided by four points or fewer and Baltimore owns a pair of postseason victories over the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. The stakes are equally high for the Ravens, who are tied with Pittsburgh atop the AFC North but currently hold the tiebreaker over the Steelers.
The Ravens are 3-10 SU in their last 13 games against the Patriots.
The Patriots are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games at home.
Baltimore has the No. 1 DVOA defense in the NFL.
It’s become clear that the Patriots are not the same team without superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski and with him now out for the remainder of the season, there is a shadow cast on the Patriots’ championship plans. When these teams last faced each other, Gronk was a nightmare. He caught seven passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, giving New England the edge in a tight contest.
Bring it back to present day and look at the Pats’ last two matchups with the LA Rams and the New York Jets. Yes, they won both those games and, yes, they covered last week but let’s be honest here: the Jets and Rams are godawful football teams that the Pats should have blown out of the water. The Ravens present a much stiffer challenge and if you look at what they’ve been doing of late, Bill Belichick and the Patriots could be in serious trouble.
Baltimore has won and covered in four of its last five games and has allowed more than 17 points in just one game during that span – against the No. 1 DVOA offense. Joe Flacco led his team to 38 points last week and if he can come anywhere close to replicating what he did against the Pats in that 2015 divisional game (292 yards with four touchdowns), the Ravens have a great chance for an upset.
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