3 and Out: Keys for the Pats vs. Ravens

3 and Out: Keys for the Pats vs. Ravens
December 18, 2013, 9:30 pm
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The Super Bowl-champion Ravens never shy away from a matchup with the Patriots. They've had success recently against New England, including two playoff victories in Foxboro since 2009.

Sunday will be no exception when the teams meet in Baltimore with playoff implications aplenty. CSNNE.com Patriots insider Tom E. Curran offers three reasons why Baltimore gives New England problems in another edition of "3 And Out."

1) Off the edge: The Ravens pass rush, particularly edge rushers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, give Pats quarterback Tom Brady fits.

2) Fearless franchise: The Ravens embrace their rivalry with the Pats and these days view New England as a finesse team.

3) Tough to cover: The Ravens combo of tight end Dennis Pitta and pass-catching running back Ray Rice cause problems for a supsect Pats secondary.