Ravens offensive line vs. Patriots NG Vince Wilfork: Wilfork can dominate a running game with his girth in the middle. When he played against the Ravens in the AFC championship game last season, the Patriots moved Wilfork along the line of scrimmage and he outplayed his Ravens' counterparts. The Ravens have to find a way to slow him. Edge: Patriots.
Ravens WR Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith vs Patriots CB's Devin McCourty and Kyle Arrington: The Ravens have no fear of the Patriots' defense especially McCourty and Arrington. The Ravens will attempt some big plays and try to control the middle of the field. It will be interesting to see if McCourty and Arrington press the Ravens because of the success Philadelphia had a week ago. Edge: Even.
Ravens RB Ray Rice vs. Patriots LB's Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes: The Ravens have tried to turn the offense over to quarterback Joe Flacco, but the team's top weapon is still Rice and the play-action passing game. If Mayo and Spikes have good games and control Rice, then the Ravens' offense becomes one dimensional. Edge: Ravens.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun