Nick Boyle, Ravens Confident Ahead of Matchup Against Patriots

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November 01, 2019 - 10:37 am

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By Joe Schiller

The New England Patriots are off to a historic start this season at 8-0 and boast the NFL's No. 1 ranked overall defense heading into a Sunday night showdown against the Baltimore Ravens. Their defense has made Sam Darnold see "ghosts" and shutdown virtually every signal-caller they've faced this season. There's been praise tossed around from both sides throughout the week but Ravens tight end Nick Boyle isn't backing down from the matchup. 

In fact, he's feeling pretty confident. 

"We'll see how good they are once we play them," Boyle said, via ESPN's Jamison Hensley. "I don't think they've seen anyone like our offense or like Lamar. They're a good team and we'll need to bring our 'A' game."

The Patriots will see it as bulletin board material, but Boyle and the Ravens have reason to feel confident. Baltimore is 12-1 at home in primetime games under Head Coach John Harbaugh.

To Boyle's point, the Patriots haven't faced an offense like the Ravens this season. They're averaging 204 rushing yards per game this season and rank second in total offense (434.9 YPG), only behind the Dallas Cowboys. 

Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches of all-time for a reason and his greatest strength is taking away what his opponents do best. It's no secret Jackson's running game is his biggest threat to defenses, and it will be interesting to see how Belichick schemes against it. 

The Ravens thrust themselves into the AFC contending conversation after a win against the Seattle Seahawks. They can solidify that stance with a statement win over the Patriots on Sunday.