Ravens-Patriots: What to watch
Even without Gronk, Patriots' offense poised to thrive
|Baltimore at New England|
|When: 6:30 PM ET|
After watching film of both teams, Scouts Inc. breaks down key elements of the AFC Championship Game between the Ravens and Patriots. The NFC Championship Game preview is here.
• New England's weaponry: Rob Gronkowski's season is over, but the cupboards are not bare for Tom Brady, and New England is accustomed to playing without its star tight end. (It went 4-1 in the regular season without Gronk.) Despite a few drops, Wes Welker had 131 receiving yards last week, and Aaron Hernandez added 85. Add Brandon Lloyd into that equation along with the receiving prowess of New England's running backs, and there is no shortage of receivers for whom Baltimore must account. The Ravens' cornerbacks have been a problem, but the presence of safety Ed Reed in the middle of the field remains a plus. The Ravens have been much stingier over the past month and a half than early in the season, when Welker and Lloyd combined for 17 receptions and 250 yards against Baltimore in Week 3.
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