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Patriots vs. Ravens: Game Thread

Open game thread for the Patriots and Ravens week sixteen match-up.

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Today, the 10-4 New England Patriots will get their second crack at an AFC East title and playoff spot, as they travel to Baltimore to take on the 8-6 Ravens.

This is the type of game football fans live for. A late season December game with playoff implications on the line featuring two teams that legitimately hate each other... could it get any better (well apparently the NFL and NBC think so, but I'll call that one a technicality)?

As for my prediction, I'm taking the Patriots in this one. I actually think that they match up better with the Ravens than they did in 2012. Joe Flacco is hobbled, Ray Rice hasn't been Ray Rice, and the defense has struggled late in games.

It will be close. It will be a battle. I picked against the Patriots last week, and it didn't feel very good. Not doing it again this regular season. Greg's Prediction: Patriots 27 Ravens 20