Sunday Night Football: Patriots, Ravens clash in AFC title game rematch
Week 3 of Sunday Night Football features the New England Patriots visiting the Baltimore Ravens in a rematch of last year's AFC Championship game. These two teams fought to the wire for the AFC title in January, with the Patriots punching their ticket to Super Bowl XLVI with a 23-20 win as Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff misfired on a 32-yard field goal try in the final seconds.
This will be another game that will come down to the final minutes. The oddsmakers at America's Bookie favor the Ravens by 2 points and the total is set at 50. The Patriots are coming off a disappointing 20-18 home loss against the Cardinals. They had a chance to win the game late but a missed field goal gave them their first loss in a home opener at Gillette Stadium. The problem for the Patriots was that the offense stalled after losing tight end Aaron Hernandez to a high ankle sprain. Hernandez won't play in this game, as he will be out from 4 to 6 weeks.
The Ravens also lost a winnable game last week when they could not take advantage of an Eagles team that turned the ball over four times and let the game slip away late for a tough 24-23 loss.
The Ravens will play with a chip on their shoulders because they felt they were robbed in Philadelphia last week and because the Patriots have won all six regular season meetings since Baltimore relocated from Cleveland.
These are two evenly matched teams coming off tough losses, which makes this game hard to predict. Belichick and Brady almost never lose in back-to-back weeks and they had a full week to prepare without Aaron Hernandez. The Patriots are 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 games after a loss and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games against AFC opponents. This game will come down to the wire, which means that the points are too good to pass up.
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