Ravens vs. Patriots: New England Will Dominate Baltimore with No-Huddle

Alex KayCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures as he lines up in the shotgun formation against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots decimated the Denver Broncos with the no-huddle offense and must bust it out once again in the AFC Championship vs. the Baltimore Ravens.  

With the amount of talented offensive players on this roster, getting more plays in during a shorter amount of time is going to wear their aging opponents out.

Two of the better players on the Ravens D are Ed Reed, 33, and Ray Lewis, 36, who are no longer teeming with youthful energy. There is no denying the simple fact that age wears on everyone and being in the NFL for so long will start to break your body down.

The aging Baltimore defense may not be able to handle the quick pace of the offense
The aging Baltimore defense may not be able to handle the quick pace of the offenseRob Carr/Getty Images

By challenging them to stay on the field play after play, first down after first down, without getting a breather, the Patriots can neutralize the opposition’s incredibly sharp instincts by having their bodies betray them.

According to Christopher Price of WEEI.com, the Pats were in no-huddle for 33 of their 64 snaps against the Broncos and 275 times in 1,146 plays on the season.

Price also pointed out that the Ravens have only seen no-huddle on 56 of the 1,002 snaps they took on defense.

Basically, New England uses the hurry-up offense around a quarter of the time they are on the field and sometimes more, while the Ravens rarely ever see it.

That makes this type of game plan highly advantageous for the Pats and will force their opponents to make adjustments to something they aren’t used to at all. Factor in that it’s 18th game of the season and the strategy makes even more sense.

It makes Baltimore do something they aren’t comfortable with, since they are so unfamiliar with defending this type of play-calling and rely on spelling their veterans via substitutions, something they will be unable to do against a no-huddle.

The Patriots would be crazy not to go no-huddle, especially right out of the gate to build an early lead.

They can’t afford to take their foot off the gas if they want to make a trip to Indianapolis to play in their first Super Bowl since 2008.