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BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 22: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens is hit by defensive end Andre Carter #96 of the New England Patriots in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Key to the Game

What is your biggest key to the game on Saturday? Rick: The biggest key for Saturday’s game is going to be the Patriots’ offensive line against the pass rush of the Ravens. The Ravens were second in the NFL during the regular season in sacks. Also, they sacked Ben Roethlisbeger five times in their win over the Steelers last […]

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:   Billy Cundiff #7 of the Baltimore Ravens miss a field goal late in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Whose the Bigger Rival, Baltimore or Denver?

Raj: You could make a fair case for both teams. You can say Baltimore because of how dirty they play against the Patriots and it’s been going on for the past couple of years. At the same time you can say Denver because for the same amount of time, it’s always been a high scoring, back-and-forth […]

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 28:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New England Patriots warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

What’s the Big Difference?

What is the biggest difference between this game and the last time the Patriots and Ravens clashed in the playoffs in 2012?  Rick: The biggest difference between this year and the 2012 AFC Championship Game is that the Patriots have the two cornerbacks in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. My first reaction when I saw this would […]

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Who is the Patriots’ MVP: Brady or Gronk?

Raj: This is a really tough question because both are so valuable to the Pats. But in the end, I would still say Brady is more valuable. The Pats can still win without Gronk, it would just be really difficult. They cannot win at all without Brady. That’s why I still think Brady is more valuable. […]

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Which Team Would You Like to See Heading to Foxboro?

Rick:  The team I would most like to see come into Foxboro is the Cincinnati Bengals. While Cincy went a long way in terms of winning big games when they beat the Broncos at home, Andy Dalton will only have one playoff win under his belt if he wins on the road at Indy this […]

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 26:  Tom Brady #12 talks with owner Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots before a game against the Chicago Bears at Gillette Stadium on October 26, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Analyzing the Brady Contract Re-negotiation

What is your take on Tom Brady’s contract re-negotiation? Kyle: I always find the business side of the NFL is amazing. It is the most profitable league, which employs the most athletes, and it has very little guaranteed money. Most of the recent collective bargaining has favored the owners, so any player giving anything back is surprising. That […]

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 28:  Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots looks on before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Will Josh McDaniels Take a Head Coaching Job?

Rick: I think, eventually, Josh McDaniels will land a head coaching job elsewhere, but I don’t think it will be this season. I predict that the Falcons are going to hire Rex Ryan to help improve their defense and the 49ers might look internally for their head coach. I think the one thing that holds McDaniels back […]

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Why Even Try? – Week 17 Risers and Fallers

I won’t belabor this post, as the Patriots trotted out a half-effort on Sunday against Buffalo.  I’m not knocking the Patriots for not trying as I personally thought that they should go into full-blown “rest the starters” mode.  With nothing to gain and potentially everything to lose, placing the team’s key players in positions where […]

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Nate Solder #77 of the New England Patriots prepares to block against the Denver Broncos on December 18, 2011 during the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The New England Patriots won the game 41-23. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

Will the Offensive Line be the Patriots’ Downfall?

Raj: If the Patriots offense can’t put up numbers, it will most likely be due to the fact that the offensive line wasn’t protecting Brady enough. If Brady has to rush to make plays and throws errant passes, that’s on the O-line. As of late, the defense has won games so they certainly won’t be the […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18:  Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots reacts after being called for defensive holding late in the fourth qurter of a loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 24-20.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Pro-Bowl Snubs?

Were any Patriots snubbed from the 2014 Pro-Bowl? Kyle:  The only snub I can think of is Dont’a Hightower. He has been a force inside- a game changer that it is glaring Jerod Mayo is not. Mayo makes a bunch of tackles, but Hightower makes impact plays. Beyond Hightower, there is no other Patriot who was snubbed. […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21: Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots celebrates with defensive end Chandler Jones #95 against the New York Jets during a game at MetLife Stadium on December 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Should the Patriots Rest Their Players on Sunday?

Rick:  I wouldn’t rest the core players entirely, but I would only play them three quarters at the maximum. With the injury history of Rob Gronkowski, I would not even play him in this game knowing how valuable Gronk is to this offense. While the Patriots need to get that rhythm back on offense heading into the […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21: Wide receiver Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots is tackled by cornerback Antonio Allen #39 of the New York Jets during a game at MetLife Stadium on December 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Too Close for Comfort: Week 16 Risers and Fallers

Just escape. Heading into another rock fight against the Jets without Julian Edelman, Dan Connolly, or LeGarrette Blount, with a bye-week and potential home field advantage on the line, that’s all anybody wanted from the Patriots today.   And by the slimmest of margins, even slimmer than their two-point victory, the Patriots managed to come […]

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 22: Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga #71 of the New England Patriots sacks quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of the Patriots 41-7 win at M&T Bank Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Which Team Scares You Most as a Potential Playoff Matchup?

Rick: The team that New England should least likely want to see in the playoffs is the Baltimore Ravens. Even though Baltimore looks like to be a 5 seed at best right now, the Ravens know how to win games at Gillette Stadium with Joe Flacco at quarterback and John Harbaugh as the head coach. The Ravens are third […]

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 14:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots passes the ball during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Will Tom Brady be the NFL MVP?

Raj: I really want him to considering all the adversity he has had to overcome. In my heart, I still think he should be the MVP. But as a practical football fan, this season’s NFL MVP has to be Aaron Rodgers. That dude is having one of the most insane seasons for a QB ever. Remember […]

SAN DIEGO, CA-  DECEMBER 7:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks with head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels en route to the Patriots' 23-14 win over the San Diego Chargers during an NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 7, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Should We Be Concerned About the Offense’s Slow Starts?

Rick: For me, there’s not that much concern because unlike the Broncos, New England has shown the ability to turn the switch on at any time like they did in the third quarter against the Dolphins last week. The offensive line’s struggles are the most alarming because while Brady isn’t getting sacked, he is being pressured […]

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