The Baltimore Sun
11:58 AM EST, December 19, 2013
The Baltimore Sun's experts make their predictions for the Week 16 game between the Ravens and New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium.
Patriots 28, Ravens 20
The Ravens have had to scrape by their previous two opponents. If the Ravens continue to struggle scoring touchdowns, they're going to have a hard time getting by the Patriots.
Ravens 21, Patriots 17
Tom Brady always gives the Patriots something of an edge, but New England has no defense, especially against the run. If the Ravens can get Ray Rice going, they should be able to grind the Patriots down.
Ravens 23, Patriots 20
Brady is missing his go-to tight end, and Joe Flacco just got his back from injury, which could make the difference with two big-time conference rivals that always play close, classic games. The way things have gone the past few weeks, it wouldn't be a total shock if Justin Tucker wins it with a 76-yard field goal.
Ravens 24, Patriots 20
The Ravens pick up where they left off last season by messing up Brady's hair as they win their fifth straight game.
Ravens 24, Patriots 23
Although the Ravens' red-zone problems persist, they'll manage to beat Brady and win their fifth game in a row.
Patriots 20, Ravens 19
The Ravens' late-game magic runs out against a Patriots team that has been finding ways to win all season. In a rivalry that has been defined by big kicks and big misses, New England's Stephen Gostkowski plays the role of hero.
Stan "The Fan" Charles
Ravens 25, Patriots 18
Ravens fans should be afraid, very afraid, that I am taking the home team in this game. I know what the Patriots were, but let's be honest, with neither Aaron Hernandez nor Rob Gronkowski playing, they become one-dimensional offensively. Not that it's easy, but stop Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola from running wild and the Ravens should win.
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