OL: Ravens up front vs. Patriots defensive line
The battle at the defensive end and tackle position is always worth noting, given that the Patriots like to isolate their ends in one-on-one situations to put pressure on the quarterback.
Ravens tackles Kelechi Osemele, a natural guard, and Michael Oher are solid players who have the size and footwork to deal with starting Patriots defensive ends Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich. A speedy end like Trevor Scott, who may play a larger role because of Jones' ankle injury, can give each trouble.
Left guard Marshal Yanda was voted to the Pro Bowl this season. Along with veteran Center Matt Birk, Yanda will be helping against Vince Wilfork up front in the battle in the trenches. The Ravens’ offensive line is decent against the blitz and protecting Joe Flacco. Of 35 sacks allowed in the regular season, a large number can be attributed to Flacco holding the ball for too long.