Gameday Preview: Ravens vs. Patriots, Week 3

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History

The Patriots lead the all-time regular season series, 9-2. Baltimore has never won a regular-season game in Foxborough (0-6). New England last beat Baltimore, 23-17, in a New England monsoon that made it a very slow-going and painful game. Nick Boyle suffered his season-ending knee injury that night.

Stakes

Baltimore needs to bounce back after a shocking 42-38 loss to the Dolphins in Week 2 after having a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Patriots, who reached the playoffs last season, are looking to beat their second straight AFC North team after taking down the Steelers last week. This is a matchup of two teams who will likely be in the AFC playoff picture at season's end.

Key Storylines

Will the Ravens defense bounce back?

Baltimore's defense sits ranked last in the NFL after its struggles against the Dolphins in Week 2. The unit will be eager to prove it's better than that against a Patriots offense that's scored 12 points per game so far this season.

Could return of more injured starters boost the ground game?

The Ravens offense is still without running back J.K. Dobbins and left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who could greatly boost Baltimore's rushing attack. Dobbins was eager to make his debut last week in front of a home crowd for the first time, but he'll gladly suit up wherever.

Will Lamar Jackson stay this hot?

Lamar Jackson is coming off a huge game against the Dolphins, providing a lot of hope that if the Ravens perform better defensively, they could run away from teams (like they did to the Dolphins through three quarters). Jackson will be facing a tough Patriots defense that ranks No. 4 in the league.

See why these five players will make a big difference against the Patriots in Week 3.

Baltimore Ravens Editorial Director Ryan Mink
Ryan Mink

BaltimoreRavens.com Staff Writer

Top Matchup

RT Morgan Moses vs. OLB Matthew Judon

Former Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon already has two sacks on the young season after registering 12.5 in his first year in New England. He'll face the Ravens' new right tackle Moses, who has been particularly strong in pass protection so far this season. Part of Jackson's hot start can be attributed to his pass protection. He's only been sacked twice so far this season.

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