WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BALL
So many questions hover over this offense now as it tries to reconfigure – again – on the fly. Start with the offensive line. Left tackle Nate Solder has suffered brain issues in back-to-back weeks and it’s impossible to presume he’ll be in top form if he even plays. That means Logan Mankins will probably be back out at left tackle as he was in the second half last week. Josh Kline came in at left guard when Mankins kicked outside last week. There were some late-game coverage breakdowns and the Ravens front will look to exploit that side of the Patriots offensive line with Mankins out of position and Kline relatively untested. Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs will be a real challenge off the edge in a defense called by former Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees. Haloti Ngata at nose and Daryl Smith at linebacker are a handful in the running game and the Ravens roll a lot of bodies in along the defensive line to stay fresh. Still, the Patriots might want to use the Ravens’ aggressiveness against them with Stevan Ridley, who only needs a crease to get to the second level. Look for some screen action as well with Stevan Ridley who the Ravens have been comparing this week to Reggie Bush. Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith (along with nickel corner Corey Graham) are very good corners with good size and length. Slants, slants, slants. And the Patriots could use Aaron Dobson back to stretch the field and open things for Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman. The Patriots will move it. Getting in the end zone will be the tough part.