Patriots and Ravens Meet in Playoffs for Fourth Time in Six Seasons

The Baltimore Ravens visit the New England Patriots on Saturday in an AFC Division playoff showdown.

As of late Thursday, the majority of online odds makers had New England as a favorite by 7 points. The Patriots are 12-4 straight up and 9-7 against the spread. The point total was sitting at 48.

Baltimore on the season is 11-6 SU and 8-8-1 ATS. The Ravens reached this game following their 30-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road last week as a 3-point dog.

Joe Flacco had two touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Wide receiver Steve Smith caught five passes for 101 yards.

On defense, Elvis Dumervil sacked Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger twice.

This will be the fourth time in the past six years the two teams have played head to head in the postseason.

Baltimore was 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS in the previous three playoff head to heads with New England.

Flacco in those three games had 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions compared to 3 touchdowns and 7 interceptions by New England signal caller Tom Brady.

Baltimore is 3-0 SU in three consecutive games as an underdog on the road. For this year, Baltimore is 3-2 SU and ATS as a road dog.

This season New England was 3-2 against the number in its 5 games as a home favorite by single digits.

However, one of the losses was the last game of the regular season against Buffalo where many starters were rested by New England.

Before that Buffalo loss, New England was 10-1 SU after starting the season 2-2. During that stretch, the only loss by New England was 26-21 against Green Bay.

Tom Brady had another sensational season with 33 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions. Many had written Brady and the team off after their 2-2 start, but they then won 10 of their last 12 to win the AFC East and earn home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Tim Jernigan, the starting defensive tackle and Eugene Monroe, a starting offensive tackle for Baltimore, are both injured and questionable for the game on Saturday.

The OVER has cashed in 9 of 16 games this season for New England, in 5 of its 8 home games, but the UNDER has cashed in 5 of the past 6 overall.

The UNDER has cashed in 9 of the 17 games Baltimore has played this season and in 4 of the last 5 games overall for the Ravens.

The teams will play at 4:35 pm on Saturday with the game time temperature expected to be 18 F with clear skies. The temperature is expected to drop at least 5 to 8 degrees during the game.