Jarret Johnson doesn't mind underdog label vs. Patriots

Linebacker said team fares better psychologically as underdog

January 16, 2012|By Edward Lee

The Ravens are at least a touchdown – or more, according to some oddsmakers – underdog to the New England Patriots in Sunday’s AFC championship game.

The fact that the contest will be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and the Ravens are just 4-4 this season on the road is probably a factor. Also, the Ravens are just 1-6 all time against the Patriots.

All of that is just fine with outside linebacker Jarret Johnson.

“We like being the underdog,” he said. “We’re used to it. I think we handle it better psychologically. I don’t really know why, but I think we do. Should we be? I don’t know. Obviously, it’s their place, they’re the No. 1 seed, they’ve earned it, they’re one of the top offenses in the league, they deserve to be a top team. But I like it.”

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