Patriots running back Fred Taylor has great respect for the Ravens and linebacker Ray Lewis.
"That's why we play this game," said Taylor when asked about the Ravens. "You play this game because you're supposed to be a competitor. I don't want anybody's worst. I don't get excited when I'm playing the worst team in football, just because your expectation can go so high. And if you don't achieve, me personally, I'm pissed. I'm always looking for the best. My expectations are still high to show that you want to be successful. You have to bring a little more. It's going to be a great challenge for us. I don't want to call it a test -- we'll see how it goes. Whether we run the ball -- we want to move the ball consistently, as an offense, having those rushing numbers, that doesn't matter. Definitely in a game like this, it doesn't matter."
Taylor competed against Lewis in his rookie season, which was Lewis' third.
"That whole old AFC Central -- I was just talking about. Ravens, Steelers, Bengals and the Browns. That's the old Central. So my first touchdown came against the Ravens. [Lewis] is the same. He hasn't changed. He's the same as I was when I was a young player. Fierce. Passionate. Competitive. Energetic. A leader. He's the same Ray you see now."
Taylor says Lewis hasn't aged despite being in his 14th season.
"When you look at the film, you can't even tell, because he's still cracking heads," Taylor said of Lewis. "And his hands are just as soft as any DB. His ball awareness, his ball skills, his awareness for the ball, to be around the ball, produce turnovers and like I said, his run after the catch ain't bad either. I teased him one time. I said, 'I gotta take him to my offseason workout camp to give him some interception moves. But he does well without me.'"