Baltimore Ravens can go long

With suspect secondaries, Pats, Texans should fear Flacco, deep ball

Originally Published: January 12, 2013
By Field Yates | ESPN Insider
FlaccoAP Photo/Patrick SemanskyJoe Flacco can take advantage of suspect secondaries against New England or Houston.

Sunday will bring good news for either the New England Patriots or Houston Texans, who will square off in the second of two AFC divisional-round matchups, as one team will advance a step closer to Super Bowl XLVII.

They'll also begin preparations for the AFC Championship Game, which they will now host by virtue of the Baltimore Ravens defeating the Denver Broncos in a double-overtime classic Saturday.

That's the good news.

The bad news? Whichever team comes out on top is going to have to work up a strategy to stop the vertical passing game of the Ravens, which exposed the Broncos secondary Saturday night.


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Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.