The Baltimore Ravens are very thankful that they can rely on the powerful leg of Justin Tucker when in a crunch as they were last week. However, I am sure they do not want that to be the norm in Baltimore. Being put into good field position by special teams and still not being able to produce touchdowns is something from the Brian Billick era.
Six FGs are nice, but when facing the New England Patriots, the Ravens will need to produce touchdowns in order to keep up with the “Brady Bunch”.
The Ravens’ offense is coming off a performance where they looked good sustaining a few drives until they got near the red zone. Once there, the offensive drives sputtered and died. Joe Flacco had no interceptions on the day; however, he had no TDs and neither did anyone else on the entire Ravens’ roster. Ray Rice had his usual ho-hum day with 56 total yards, finding no pay dirt.
The Patriots are having their own issues, but are still managing to get on the scoreboard. This Sunday is just another day that they have plans to be in the Ravens’ end zone. Sure, they are missing their top TE Rob Gronkowski and have young shaky-handed WRs on the outside, but the slot is Tom Brady’s strength as we saw this past Sunday when they played the Dolphins. Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola are trouble in the slot when healthy.
Flacco and company are going to have to finish drives with six in order to keep pace with the Patriots. Baltimore has the weapons in place to produce a lot of points with all of the players returning from injury. They proved their ability to put up points two weeks ago when they were in a fourth-quarter shootout with the Minnesota Vikings. Baltimore will need a performance similar to the Snowdown Showdown with a hint of defense in order to keep up with New England.