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Alex Marvez joins Jill Arrington to preview this week's AFC Championship Game.
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I am telling pairings and for the second straight year the Ravens travel to New England that they the Patriots an AFC championship. This preview and brought you backcourt like the game's most refreshing to hear. I'm late to be joined by foxsports.com. Senior and I thought writer Alex Smart met. Alex the Patriots are cut up a Workman like performance beating the Texans. Meanwhile the Ravens appear to be a team of destiny after upsetting Denver so which team has more momentum going into the game. Three weeks ago I don't think I would ever be say a -- but it's got to be the Baltimore Ravens this is a team that finished with losses in four of their final five. Regular season games I thought they'd beat the Colts in the first round. And then they'd be done in Denver well this Peter Schrager proved me wrong they're Baltimore rated should be exact same. They are red hot team right now couple reasons for this you look at the return of Ray Lewis how has invigorated this team is they're trying to get him to a Super Bowl. And win another Lombardi trophy before his retirement. You look at the changes on offense Jim Caldwell has done a great job since taking over -- coordinator the offensive line has really stepped up its game since Bryant -- return to left tackle. And they made a move a couple of adjustments they're the Patriots they did a great job us we can get to Houston Texans for right now this Baltimore Ravens team. Could become yet another number four seed to make it into a Super Bowl since 1999. Number four seed to conference championship games Joseph six and one. Ravens quarterback Joseph Flacco made several big plays from Baltimore went last weekend. Good outcome of the game depends on the Patriots secondary limiting Baltimore downfield passing game. Joseph for sure but you know what to be able to throw the football people I think that the Ravens are gonna have to be able to establish themselves on the ground and history has proven this. You know Baltimore is six and oh in playoff games when they have a hundred yard rusher. Hot last week it was Ray Rice stepping up the week before was an -- pierce a thirteen carries 103 yards. Bernard pierce hurt his knee against the Broncos but looks like he will be able to play again. On Sunday against the Patriots if these guys can go ahead and keep the Patriots defense honest Joseph Flacco can have a chance to take shots downfield Joseph. Finally take it Friday and Rob Gronkowski will miss the rest of the playoffs after re breaking his arm. How significant is a lot -- -- Joseph he's one of the best tight ends in football so it is significant for the Patriots but I will tell you this there were other people are going to be able to step up. And help take -- place for example the wide receiver position now so much better since Patriots acquired Brandon Lloyd in the offseason and cut ties -- Chad Ochocinco Chad Johnson. Whatever you wanna call us results didn't go last year I think that it really upgraded the passing game and look at the way New England is running the football they continue that success. Last week they have to have the most prolific rushing attack for that franchise since the Corey -- days of 2004. Blaster doing the pictures as we saw on the Super Bowl they just weren't the same about Rob Gronkowski. This year they make it that far I think they're gonna be okay because of the changes they've made. All right thanks so much Alex this trade is that brought you back porch lights of the game's most refreshing the -- -- I'm still. The next time.