QB: Joe Flacco vs. Patriots secondary
Things have changed since the Ravens’ quarterback faced the Patriots in Week 3. Joe Flacco torched the Patriots' secondary that night for 382 yards and three touchdowns while guiding the Ravens to a 31-30 win in Baltimore.
Come Sunday, Flacco will see a much more refined group of defensive backs. The Patriots now have veteran Aqib Talib and rookie Alfonzo Dennard as the team's starting cornerbacks while defensive back Devin McCourty has replaced Patrick Chung at safety.
Flacco will likely still attack the sidelines, as he's accustomed to doing. Torrey Smith is his favorite target when looking down field, but he has viable options in Anquan Boldin and tight end Dennis Pitta when looking over the middle. Jacoby Jones is also a home run hitter, as evidenced by his 70-yard touchdown grab against the Denver Broncos in the divisional playoff.
Flacco threw eight passes of 20 yards or more in the first matchup between the two teams and it won't be surprising if he tests this new group this time around.