The 7-5 Baltimore Ravens travel to New England to take on the 10-2 Patriots in this week’s Monday night matchup. Both teams have won 4 of their last 5 games including easy victories last week. Baltimore played well on both sides of the ball beating the Miami Dolphins 38-6. New England won its 3rd game in a row with a 26-10 victory over the St. Louis Rams. They did so without Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski who is out for the season with a back injury.
Joe Flacco had a monster game last week finishing with a passer rating of 119.2. He completed 36 of 47 passes for 381 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception and was not sacked. His favorite target was Dennis Pitta who had 9 catches for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns. Mike Wallace also had a nice game with 6 catches for 59 yards. They had success running the ball gaining 110 yards on 20 carries, which is an average of 5.5 yards per rush. Baltimore has averaged 23 points per game over their past 5 games. Defensively, they allowed only 288 yards of offense to the Dolphins and intercepted Ryan Tannehill 3 times. They also sacked him twice for a loss of 11 yards. They shut the running game down allowing only 62 yards on 16 carries, which is less than 4 yards per rush. Over the last 5 games the Defense has given up an average of 12 points per game.
The Patriots defense dominated the Rams allowing only 197 yards of offense. They sacked Jared Goff 4 times for a loss of 35 yards and intercepted him twice. The also completely shut the running game down as St. Louis gained 36 yards on 13 carries. The Rams had 1 offensive play gain more than 17 yards. Over their last 5 games New England has given up an average of 18 points per game. Offensively, Tom Brady led the way again finishing 33-46 with a 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. The win was Tom Brady’s 201st including the playoffs, which is the most all time. His favorite target was Julian Edelman who had 8 catches for 101 yards. Malcolm Mitchell had a nice game with 8 receptions for 82 yards. They had success running the ball as they gained 133 yards on 29 carries. LeGarrette Blount led the team with 88 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
New England is 8-4 against the spread this season including 4-2 at home. Baltimore is 6-6 against the spread this season including 0-2 as the underdog. The Patriots are favored by a touchdown in this game and will enjoy home field advantage. Wide receiver Danny Amendola is out until the playoffs for the Patriots after suffering a high ankle sprain last week. The Patriots last 4 wins have been by an average of 10 points but both of their losses have been at Foxboro
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