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When you think of the NFL's best rivalries, Patriots/Ravens needs to be on the list. The teams have played epic contests over the past few seasons and were the participants in the last two AFC Championship Games.
The rivalry will be renewed Sunday in Baltimore, and thanks to their defense, it'll be the Ravens who come out on top.
Baltimore is once again catching fire late in the season, having won four consecutive games to boost their record to 8-6. Conversely, the Patriots lost last weekend in Miami, and their offense doesn't look the same without Rob Gronkowski.
Tom Brady has struggled against the Ravens defense, and he knows it, telling Howard Ulman of the Associated Press (via the New Haven Register), "We haven’t had the most success against them the last few times we've played them, offensively."
There's no reason to believe Brady will find success now.
Joe Flacco will make enough plays in the passing game, Justin Tucker will convert all of his field-goal attempts, and the defense will stymie Brady as Baltimore wins and moves to 9-6.