Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots- 1/10/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Ravens (10-6) at New England Patriots (12-4)
NFL Football: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 4:35 pm (Gillette Stadium)
The Line: New England Patriots -7.5 -- Over/Under: 49 See the Latest Odds
The Patriots look to avoid repeating history as they welcome the Baltimore Ravens to town for an AFC divisional round show down at Gillette Stadium.
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The Baltimore Ravens put up perhaps the most dominating wild card performance of the lot last weekend as they went into Pittsburgh and beat down the Steelers in what was a lopsided affair that very few saw coming. The Steelers were without Le'Veon Bell but were still favoured against the Ravens and that certainly struck a chord with them and as such they came out and played great team football, didn't allow Big Ben or Antonio Brown to get into a rhythm and used their strengths on both offense and defense to secure the win. Now, the Ravens head back to New England to take on a Patriots team that has locked up home field advantage throughout the playoffs and one that will be looking to avenge a loss to these Ravens two seasons ago in very similar circumstances. Baltimore will need to get the ground game going in this one as Darelle Revis will all but eliminate one receiver or one side of the field in Joe Flacco's passing game so if Justin Forsett can come in and play well he will not only give the Ravens some options through the air with Smith, Smith, and Daniels but it will also keep Tom Brady off the field.
The Patriots have been as consistent as they come this season as they coasted through a soft AFC East en route to another division title and landed some pretty key victories including over the Broncos to land the top seed. New England doesn't have the same fire power we are used to seeing but that just goes to show how well coached they are and how good Tom Brady is as he and Rob Gronkowski have been shredding defenses all season and the interchangeable ground game featuring Jonas Gray or Shane Vereen has been quietly very effective. Defensively, the Pats have been without Chandler Jones for most of the season but they have been able to find ways to win and as mentioned Revis continues to be the best corner in football and will likely blanket either Torrey Smith or Steve Smith. New England has a huge edge being at home here and while I think they get the win I also think the Ravens are a lot better than this line indicates and with the way Terrell Suggs played last weekend I can see the Ravens keeping this one close and perhaps setting up a final drive for the win. Take the Ravens and the points.