New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens, September 23, 2012: Fan Preview

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It is hard to believe that at the end of the day, either the Baltimore Ravens or the New England Patriots will be 1-2. Baltimore fell to the Philadelphia Eagles last week while New England dropped a game to the Arizona Cardinals. When all is said and done, one of these will be in a position they never expected entering the season.

Last week in the Patriots' loss to Arizona, quarterback Tom Brady looked average at best. He completed just 28 of 46 passing attempts for 316 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception, earning a passer rating of just 79.6. Running back Stevan Ridley carried the ball 18 times for 71 yards. It was simply not the offensive performance we have come to expect from New England. Early in the fourth quarter the Patriots were down 20-9. Luckily they came back enough to put them back in the game but it was too little, too late.

Against the Ravens this week, the Patriots gave Brady a pair of new tools in bring back wide receiver Deion Branch as well as signing Kellen Winslow to fill the void left by the injured tight end Aaron Hernandez. How much of an impact they will play in this matchup will depend on how much success New England has against Baltimore's brutal defense.

The matchup:

The New England Patriots will take on the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium located in Baltimore, Md. on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 8:20 p.m. EDT.

The standings:

New England enters the contest with a 1-1 record and in second place in the AFC East. They are 1-0 when playing on the road and are 1-0 against AFC teams this season.

Baltimore enters the contest with a 1-1 record and in first place in the AFC North. They are 1-0 when playing at home and are 1-0 against AFC teams this season.

The series:

The regular season all-time series record stands at 6-0 in favor of the Patriots.

Where to watch:

The game will be televised on the NBC network. Check your local television listings for broadcasts in your area.

Medical Watch: (PUP-physically unable to perform, IR-injured reserve, O-out, D-doubtful, Q-questionable, P-probable)

New England: Myron Pryor (shoulder, PUP), Jake Ballard (knee, PUP), Spencer Larsen (undisclosed, IR), Will Allen (undisclosed, IR), Dane Fletcher (knee, IR), Brad Herman (Achilles, IR), Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring, IR), Jeff Demps (leg, IR), Josh Barrett (undisclosed, IR), Jamey Richard (concussion, IR), Aaron Hernandez (ankle, O), Justin Francis (ankle, O), Markus Zusevics (pectoral, O), Brandon Deaderick (ankle, Q), Sebastian Vollmer (back, Q), Brandon Lloyd (thigh, Q), Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring, Q), Nick McDonald (shoulder, Q), Shane Vereen (foot, Q), Logan Mankins (hip, Q), Sterling Moore (knee, Q), Daniel Connolly (head, Q), Daniel Fells (shin, Q), Patrick Chung (shoulder, P).

Baltimore: Terrell Suggs (Achilles, PUP), David Reed (knee, PUP), Damien Berry (neck/shoulder, IR), Michael McAdoo (Achilles, IR), Justin Boren (foot, IR), Emanuel Cook (leg, IR), Ricky Brown (head, IR), Tommy Streeter (foot, IR), Ryan McBean (ankle, IR), Jah Reid (leg, D), Lardarius Webb (knee, P), Jameel McClain (knee, P), Paul Kruger (back, P), Michael Oher (ankle, P), Pernell McPhee (knee, P), Bernard Pollard (rib, P).

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