Predictions For Ravens Patriots Betting – Can the Ravens’ Fairytale Continue?
Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots – Sunday January 20, 2013 6:30PM
The betting websites try to follow a simple pattern each time the NFL playoffs roll around and the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady version of the New England Patriots is involved. That rule is to never bet against the Patriots. But in this case, someone is going to have to make an exception. Even the New England Patriots can be affected by injuries, especially when those injuries are to key players. New England enters this game without its tight end Rob Gronkowski and running back Danny Woodhead. Despite the seemingly flawless nature of the Patriots’ game plan, these two key loses could wind up costing New England that game.
The online casino players are always looking for an angle to use to bet on anything, and that includes football games. Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker, and future hall of famer, Ray Lewis announced that this will be his last season in the NFL. If you do not believe in the power of persuasion, then you need to re-examine the Ravens’ divisional round win over the Denver Broncos. The Broncos played horrible defense, but Denver still should have walked away with that win. When the Broncos’ secondary allowed the Ravens to score the game-tying touchdown with no time on the clock, it looked like more than just chance. There is something about this Ravens team that deserves a closer look.
Why the Patriots Will Win
The NFL betting experts feel that New England will win this game because it is the New England Patriots. But New England’s defensive secondary is horrible at defending the long pass. The long pass is what the Ravens used to beat the Broncos. If New England wants to win this game, it will need to make sure that the Baltimore receivers do not get behind the Patriots’ secondary and that the New England defensive front seven gets plenty of pressure on Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco. If the Patriots’ offense can take care of itself, then the Pats could be on its way to another Super Bowl.
Why the Ravens Will Win
Last season, the Ravens lost the AFC Championship game to the Patriots in the dying seconds when Baltimore missed a field goal. In that game, Joe Flacco and the Baltimore offense was less than impressive. If the Ravens can continue to hit long passes with accuracy, then there may be very little that the Patriots can do about it.
The Bottom Line
Last year’s AFC Championship game was a great one and this one promises to be even better. But with New England shorthanded on offense, that could present a challenge that not even Tom Brady can overcome. The Ravens will feed off the energy it has created and try to roll its momentum right into a trip to the Super Bowl. That would be a fitting way to end the career of Ray Lewis.
Pick: Baltimore Ravens