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On Monday night, the Ravens will try to be the first team to defeat the New England Patriots this season -- good luck. The Ravens have lost a franchise-record five straight games and the once-smothering defense has given up 30 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1999. More importantly, the offense is turning the ball over at a high pace, which is a recipe for disaster against the Pats.

Kyle Boller, QB: With Steve McNair ruled out, Kyle Boller gets another start. If you want a bright spot, Boller does have four touchdowns versus only one interception in his Monday Night Football appearances. The reality, though, is that he has three touchdown passes, three interceptions and three fumbles in the last three weeks. In those three weeks, he's faced the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers defenses -- not exactly murderer's row.

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Willis McGahee, RB: Willis McGahee has scored a touchdown in six straight games but will likely be the target of the Patriots' defensive gameplan. Furthermore, he's dealing with an ankle injury, although it is not considered to be serious. A touchdown is a possibility but if the Ravens fall behind early, don't expect a high rushing yardage total.

Derrick Mason, WR: Derrick Mason recorded seven receptions for 99 yards last week as the Ravens were playing from behind. He might be able to approach those totals again since the Ravens could be trailing early. The Philadelphia Eagles moved the ball successfully through the air last week.

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Mark Clayton, WR: Mark Clayton has four catches for 24 yards in the last two games and is not reliable in any type of fantasy leagues. The fact that Todd Heap has been out/unhealthy for most of the season and Clayton hasn't capitalized is a discouraging sign. Obviously, he's been limited by the shoddy quarterback play.

Todd Heap, TE: Todd Heap was limited in practice, which is better than not practicing at all. By now, if you own him, you are likely waiting for a strong performance before getting him in your lineup. My guess is that he's not fully healthy and if he does play, he's dealing with the type of injury that might force him out of the game before halftime.

Baltimore Ravens Defense: The Ravens are one of only two teams to never allow a passing touchdown to Tom Brady. I get the feeling that might change this week. The Ravens defense has really struggled during their current losing streak. The Ravens have given up 28.6 points per game in their last five. Like every other defense the Patriots have faced this year, the Ravens will likely get shredded. Chris McAlister is not completely healthy, which is a big problem. Losing Trevor Pryce for a prolonged period of time is another big loss that has flown under the radar around the league. The Ravens have only 10 sacks in the last five games.

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