The Ravens have played well in the post-season, dispatching the Colts and Broncos, they act like they are on a mission to win a Super Bowl for Ray Lewis. The Patriots are a perennial Super Bowl contender and have had another good year. Which team will win?
|12 - 6||Record||13 - 4|
|10.8||Strength of Schedule||10.2|
The Ravens regular season offensive score was 29.9 and their post-season offensive score is 40.7. The Patriots regular season offensive score was 43.8 and their post-season offensive score is 57.1. The Patriots are well-known by their efficient, Tom Brady led, offense, and have the clear advantage here.
Baltimore has been identified by their defense for a decade, but had a bit of a down year in 2012. This unit has played better in the playoffs, with a regular season defensive score of 15.9 and a post-season defensive score of 18.5. The Patriots' defense is decent, but has not yet been stellar in the playoffs. The Patriots regular season defensive score was 19.6 and their post-season defensive score is 5.2. This is a virtual tie, with the Patriots having an infinitesimal statistacal edge.
The Ravens' special teams are usually great but have been a disaster in the playoffs, giving up 2 touchdowns on kick returns. Their regular season special teams score was 8.3 and their post-season special teams score is -4.0. New England has been good on special teams this year, and have also fallen off in the playoffs. The Patriots regular season special teams score was 7.5 and their post-season special teams score is 1.0.
The Ravens played slightly tougher opponents, while the Pats have a better record. The Patriots have a monster turnover ratio, the Ravens get called for too many penalties, and New England has a big point differential.
This game shouldn't be close. The Patriots should walk away with a win, expecially considering they are playing at home. The Ravens seem to think they can't be beat, so they'll probably make it challenging.
Predicted Winner: PatriotsStats:
|New England Patriots||2012-2013||100.27||46.4||16.7||6.2||15.6|