The latest edition of the rivalry that is the Baltimore Ravens against the New England Patriots will take place on Sunday and both teams come in desperately needing the win for their playoff chances and seeds. Today we let you know what players for the Ravens must have a good day if Baltimore wishes to win their regular season home finale.
Every game, there are several key players that helped contribute to the victory, but we dive through all the numbers and matchups to bring you the absolute most crucial guys wearing the purple and black in each game. We have chosen four guys that standout to us as the four who must play well in order for the Ravens to come away victorious.
Suggs is in the midst of a six game sackless streak, but he has a knack for showing up in big games and he loves to get his hands on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady whenever possible. Suggs may not need to actually rack up a high sack total against New England, but he is going to have to be disruptive in order to keep Brady from having an inordinate amount of time in the pocket to try and pick the Ravens defense apart. If Suggs can put consistent pressure on Brady, the Pats may be forced to bring over some extra help, thus opening the door for Elvis Dumervil to have a big day.
Rice has not had the year that he, nor the Ravens were hoping for, but Sunday presents Rice with a golden opportunity to have a big day as the Patriots boast the second worse rushing defense in all of football. The one standout game Rice has had this season came against the Chicago Bears, who just happen to be the only team with a worse rushing defense than the Patriots. If Rice can find some success in both the run game and passing game, it is going to go a long way towards the success of the Ravens offense as a whole.
Baltimore likes to line Webb up against the slot receiver when the opposing offense goes three, four or five wide and when New England does this, Webb is going to see a lot of Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman. Arguably, with Rob Gronkowski out the rest of the season, Amendola and Edelman are the best receivers on the roster for New England and Webb is going to line up against both of them a lot in this game. If Webb can keep both guys from breaking big pass plays, the Ravens defense will be in great shape as they try and slow down the potent Patriots offense.
With the return of Dennis Pitta to the lineup, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco finally has all of the weapons he thought he would have before the season began, but Brown has been quite a surprise for Baltimore. In this game, we feel like Brown is going to be a key factor because of the extreme familiarity that these two teams have with one another. Brown is a newcomer in this rivalry and the Patriots have yet to see him first hand, thus presents a little bit of a problem when trying to prepare for this offense. New England knows that Flacco can hit the deep ball with Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, but Brown is going to be important in the intermediate area and red zone for Baltimore and if he plays well it bodes well for the Ravens.
These are our key players for the Ravens in their game against the Patriots, who are yours? Did we leave someone off the list that should have been on it? Let your voice be heard by posting a comment!
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