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Baltimore vs. New England Wildcard Round Preview

NFL Betting – Ravens Get Another Shot At Patriots

The Baltimore Ravens started the season 3-0 but then had a tough, last-second loss in New England that derailed their season. Now people making their NFL picks will get another shot to get this game right as the Ravens head back to Gillette Stadium to settle the score.

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The Ravens came close to winning the first game, so they know what the formula is. They’ll just have to play a little more disciplined if they want to win.

Sports gambling experts will be on the side of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the Super Bowl pedigree, but don’t sleep on the Ravens. They should be able to keep this game close. They have some playoff experience themselves and they know what it takes to win this game.

Storylines: The Ravens

The Ravens won three of their last four games to qualify for the playoffs but it wasn’t particularly pretty. Their wins came against Chicago, Detroit and Oakland, while their loss came in Pittsburgh.

The Ravens have to be more disciplined in this matchup as they have been one of the most penalized teams in the NFL. It cost them with a couple of late hits on Tom Brady in the first game and it will again unless they smarten up.

The good news is that they have a running game to give the Patriots some problems. New England allowed a 4.4 yards per carry average to opponents and the Ravens need to exploit that to win.

Storylines: The Patriots

The Patriots are back in the playoffs after a one-year absence but this is not the team we knew. Wes Welker will not be available after tearing his ACL last week and the Patriots defense has been very flimsy.

New England still has a big edge with Brady and Randy Moss, and they’ll have to be at their best. The Pats running game isn’t great and really nothing is spectacular about this team save Brady.

But maybe that’s how coach Belichick wants it: the Pats in the under-the-radar role once again. Either that, or this is just an average team.

Matchup

If the Ravens can protect Joe Flacco and run the ball, this game will be very close. Considering how the first contest went, there is a good chance that that is the case.

But the Ravens cornerbacks are still a big weakness for them, so look for Moss to have a big game. Those who bet NFL football should expect a tight game but the Patriots will get by with a field goal win.

Legends Reviews Pick: Ravens +3.5 (Patriots to win)

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