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Ravens play guessing game against Patriots

The last time the Ravens played New England, receiver Randy Moss was with the Patriots and Ed Reed was playing safety for the Ravens. Moss was traded to the Vikings nearly two weeks ago, and Reed isn't scheduled to play his first game of the season until next week.

So, it will be interesting to see how the absence of Moss changes New England's passing game, and how the Ravens defense it. Last January, the Ravens played a cornerback straight up on Moss, but always rolled Reed to whatever side Moss was on. Moss caught only one pass, a 15 yarder in the fourth quarter long after the game had been decided.

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There is speculation the Patriots will go back to quarterback Tom Brady throwing short passes in a ball control fashion without Moss. That strategy has worked against the Ravens in the past, but not this year. Denver tried it last week, and except for two bonehead plays by their safeties which contributed to two long touchdown passes, the Ravens ate up the short passing game.

New England coach Bill Belichick has had two weeks to prepare for this game, so it will be interesting to see how he attacks the Ravens secondary, especially after watching those long touchdown passes a week ago.

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An earlier version of this blog listed the wrong team for Moss. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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