New England Patriots: 3 Ways Tom Brady and the Pats Will Show Up Joe Flacco

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New England Patriots: 3 Ways Tom Brady and the Pats Will Show Up Joe Flacco
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The Pats line will have their hands full with an aggressive Ravens front-seven in Week 3.

Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Joe Flacco looked like world-beaters in their season debuts. Both came crashing back to Earth in Week 2. But look for Brady to be the one to make a full recovery in next week's Sunday Night match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots.

Yes, the Ravens defense is arguably the best in the league. Yes, the Pats offense struggled mightily against a marginally worse D in the Arizona Cardinals. Yes, match-up nightmare TE Aaron Hernandez is still hurt. 

But here's a bold assertion for you: the Pats match up better with Baltimore than they did last season, when they defeated the Ravens 23-20 in the AFC Championship Game.

The Pats have a more dynamic offense than they did last year, one that can make plays at all three levels and boasts a complete feature back (Stevan Ridley) for the first time in years. 

On defense, it's already clear they've finally got play-makers in the front-seven in rookies LB Dont'a Hightower and DE Chandler Jones. The secondary doesn't look nearly as porous as it did last year, either.

It's a risky decision, choosing the Patriots when they're fresh off a brutal loss to the Cardinals. But the Pats have a long track record of playing well after losses under Coach Bill Belichick

They'll do it again Sunday night, on the way to delivering a statement win in Week 3. 

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