5. The Patriots Are More Balanced Than You Think:
When you think of the Patriots you think about Tom Brady and the passing game. The Patriots offense is fantastic in the air, but it is also quite an accomplished unit on the ground. LeGarrette Blount is having a great year. He has rushed for 957 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is averaging 4.2 yards per carry and he means business when he has the football. Blount has rushed for over 100 yards four times this season and has gotten over 20 carries in five games.
While the Patriots offense is led by Brady and the fourth best passing attack the Patriots have the sixth ranked rushing attack. The Patriots must value the physicality of Blount and the rushing attack. James White is also somebody that you have to take seriously. White only has 31 rushing attempts on the season but he is averaging 4.2 yards as well. White comes to play as an extra receiver; he has 47 receptions on the year for 393 yards and four touchdowns.
The Patriots are led by Brady. However the Ravens must stop the Patriots on the ground. If the Patriots can gash you on the ground, Brady is going to look like the world’s best surgeon. While Brady may slice Baltimore up one way or another, Dean Pees must not let the Patriots stay in their comfortable balance. The Ravens must stop the rushing attack of the Patriots and then figure out how to make Brady’s life complicated.