Scouting report By Jamison Hensley

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December 03, 2007|By Jamison Hensley

RAVENS RUN OFFENSE VS. PATRIOTS RUN DEFENSE

If the Ravens have any chance of winning, they need to control the ball with a commitment to the running game. The Patriots have allowed 4.1 yards a carry, which is 20th in the NFL. But few teams can exploit New England's run defense because most fall behind so early, which explains why offenses average 21.2 attempts (second fewest in the league) against the Patriots. Ranked third in the NFL in rushing, Ravens running back Willis McGahee is averaging 82.7 yards a game. He has scored a touchdown in each of his past six games. Edge: Ravens.

Line: Patriots by 19

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