Gillette Stadium | Sunday, October 17 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Ravens 24, Patriots 17
235 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INTFlacco wasn't great last week, but he didn't have to be with the run game having so much success. The Patriots should present a better challenge on both sides of the ball, which will keep Flacco throwing later in the game.
4 rec, 30 rec yards, 70 rush yards, 1 rush TDRice finally looked like the fantasy stud he should be after being drafted among the first four picks in most leagues. He showed no lingering issues with his knee in rushing for 133 yards and two touchdowns and will continue to star going forward.
30 rush yardsMcGahee rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown last week, but most of his production came late when the game was already out of hand. Ray Rice had 27 carries, and should be considered the back to own in Baltimore.
6 rec, 80 yards, 2 TDBoldin was held to just one catch last week. The poor production was due in part to a lopsided score that allowed the Ravens to run. The Ravens will likely pass more against New England, which should help boost Boldin's stats.
2 rec, 30 yardsWith seven receptions on the year, Housh is sixth on the team in catches. While he may be pining for a bigger role, the truth is the Ravens have plenty of other targets to spread the ball to.
4 rec, 50 yardsRavens saw the most targets within the receiving corps last week. Mason is still No. 2 behind Anquan Boldin, so don't expect spectacular numbers.
4 rec, 45 yardsHeap was held to one catch last week, the same number as rookie Ed Dickson. Though Heap has to be considered the unquestioned starter, Dickson has played a part in several games. Take note if Dickson sees an increased role in upcoming weeks.
3 PATs, 1 FGCundiff is an average kicker on what is a slighlyt above average offense. Temper your enthusiasm. There are worse options, though there are certainly a lot better as well.
3 sacks, 1 INTBaltimore looked impressive against a one-dimensional Broncos team last week, but the Patriots present a much tougher challenge. The Ravens' defense has shown a few small cracks this season, which could be made a lot bigger by a team like New England.
185 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INTHe is without his Hall of Fame wide receiver and will face a secondary that has so far done an excellent job giving QBs very little room to throw. Still, he's Tom Brady for a reason, even if this week is not one of his best matchups.
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 60 rush yardsGreen-Ellis looked impressive in Week 4 against Miami, enough to question whether he shouldn't just remain the starter even if Fred Taylor is healthy. Still, Green-Ellis would be a risky start this week against the Ravens' front seven.
5 rec, 50 yards, 1 TDWelker will receive more attention from defenses now that Randy Moss is in Minnesota. Then again, he will officially be option No. 1 in the Patriots' passing game. Regardless, there is no reason to take him out of your starting lineup.
2 rec, 40 yardsTate may stand to have to biggest boost in value with Randy Moss now gone. He gets bumped up a spot on the depth chart, and Wes Welker is still around to take the attention away from defensive backs. It's a win-win for Tate.
2 rec, 20 yardsBranch returns to the Patriots after being traded from Seattle. While he may become a big part of the passing game again, it's unclear how much he'll play in his first game with his new team.
4 rec, 60 yards, 1 TDHernandez leads the team with 240 receiving yards. He has yet to catch a touchdown, but with Randy Moss gone there is a vacancy for a big target in the red zone.
2 PATs, 1 FGGostkowski is just 4-for-7 on the year, prompting the Patriots to tryout other kickers during the bye week. Still, on a potent offense, Gostkowski is always worth a look.
1 sack, 1 INT, 1 FumbleThe Patriots have been opportunistic with seven interceptions on the season, but otherwise have not done a great job defending the run or the pass. They'll have their hands full with a balanced Ravens' offense that is clicking at the moment.
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