Last Minute Predictions
Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) walks off the field after pregame warmups before the start of the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
Gametime is nearly upon us so here are my last second predictions for the game.
1. Flacco outperforms Brady- The ravens D has been playing outstanding football the past foe weeks and that wont stop today. Brady will have good numbers, the Patriots offensive scheme almost guarantees it. That said, Flacco will have numbers simular to last week and last years championship game based on the weakness of the Pats secondary.
2. Boldin and Smith will have big days- The Pats secondary isnt good. Their best player is Aquib Talib, who is a very solid player, but farfrom great. Talib will be tasked with defending Torrey Smith on nearly ever play, i would also expect to see the Pats use Devin McCourtey(former CB playing safety) over the top of Smith to try and limit big plays, but that leaves Anquan Boldin by himself and likely in one on one coverage with one of the Patriots lower tier defenders most of the game. Expect to see Boldin put up good numbers and continue to take over games. Much has been made of Lewis getting a ring, but i can guarantee that Boldin wants his first ring just as badly as Lewis wants his second.
3. Reed gets a pick- The wind is blowing in Foxborrow right now. it is about 20 mph wind. at some point in the game expect Brady to go deep a few times and for one of them to end up in Reeds hands thanks to the wind or a tipped pass.
4. Harbowl here we come- The 49ers and Jim Harbaugh punched their ticket this morning, the Ravens and John will do the same giving us a brother on brother superbowl matchup.