Now the Ravens head up to New England, and Vegas has pegged them as nine-and-a-half point underdogs. That's the same odds they had in Denver, and it's sound thinking. The Patriots have been one of the hottest teams in football, winning nine of their last 10 in the regular season and then pounding the Texans, a team that, in turn, pounded the Ravens for a second time in the division round. They've got a tough home crowd, and the Ravens have been uneven on the road all year. New England's pass defense has improved with the return of cornerback Aqib Talib, and Ravens' killer/man-manatee hybrid Vincent Wilfork, who was just named All-Pro, leads a stout run D ranked ninth in the league. That run D will not only cause trouble for running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, but it could also play havoc with the Black Birds' play-action passing game. The Patriots have Bill Belichick, their genius coach who apparently traded every ounce of his God-given fashion sense for preternatural football savvy and quarterback Gisele Bndchen's Husband. It's enough to stack the odds further in their favor, and they've already won this game. The Patriots beat the Ravens in last year's AFC Championship and the oddsmakers have got to be thinking this looks like dj vu all over again.