The Ravens are looking to avoid getting stranded on Revis Island when they square off with the New England Patriots on Saturday in an AFC divisional round playoff game at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots' Darrelle Revis, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, is one of the top shutdown cornerbacks in the game. He was signed to a two-year, $32 million contract and has recorded 47 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble in his first season in New England.
Revis has played against the Ravens twice in his career, but they mostly avoided throwing in his direction and he hasn't allowed a reception against them.
"He's a tremendously patient corner," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We talk to our corners, 'Watch Darrelle Revis, watch how he plays technique, watch how square he plays, how patient he is. He's always in the right spot.' Seems like they run the routes right to him. He has a knack, and he's as good as he ever was."
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, didn't have much production against Revis when he was with the Carolina Panthers and Revis was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Patriots have two good, physical cornerbacks in Revis and Brandon Browner.
"I have to watch the film and get prepared," Smith said. "They're two great corners and do a great job. I have to watch the film this week and prepare."