The Patriots would like nothing more than to put a dent in the Baltimore Ravens' playoff hopes while clinching yet another AFC East title. A victory in Baltimore on Sunday would do both.
On "New England Tailgate", Glen Ordway, Steve DeOssie and Fred Smerlas break down the matchup.
One key to curtailing Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco and the passing game, DeOssie said, is for Patriots safeties "not to bite on the underneath stuff" thereby leaving open deep threats Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, two of the fastest receivers in the league.
"Play your assignments," is DeOssie's advice to the Pats' defense.
"They don't move the ball extremely well. They're not consistent. They rely on big plays," Smerlas said. "Before they beat you up, grind you. This is a totally different team."