Part Three of Public Enemy #1: Conference Championship Game Edition goes to Ray Lewis
The man this award should have it’s trophy named after, Public Enemy #1 for the New England Patriots is Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker and legend, Ray Lewis. What else can be said about this man that hasn’t already been said, however you gave the best motivator in the history of the NFL more fuel with the “Ray Lewis Retirement Party” billboard.
Despite at 37 years old, Lewis had 44 tackles in only six regular season games this year before he tore his triceps muscle. That being said it seemed like he didn’t miss a single step with the ten games he missed this year. Without question Lewis is a Hall of Famer, and has seen and heard everything in his stellar career.
That being said, the New England Patriots could beat Lewis by throwing a lot of screens to running backs Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, and Stevan Ridley which Tom Brady can and will likely do early and often. This will be an effort to tire out Lewis and the oldest defense in the league.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is no dummy as well and will not have his players run directly at this Ravens defense as despite its age, is a big, physical, and mean defense who will take a player out without hesitation if given the opportunity. The Patriots are also driven to end Lewis’ career at Gillette Stadium , since Lewis said after the end of this season would be his last in the NFL and the league will not be the same without him.