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Championship Today: Will the Patriots hurry-up offense trip up the Ravens?

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  January 17, 2013 04:56 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Speed is good. Especially for the Patriots offense this season.

In Thursday's episode of Championship Today, the Globe's Shalise Manza Young and Greg Bedard discuss the Patriots up-tempo offense and whether or not it will be a factor in Sunday's AFC championship battle with Baltimore.

On Thursday, Patriots guard Logan Mankins shed some insight on the hurry-up, no huddle approach and what the challenges might be against the Ravens.

"It is tough sometimes on the conditioning but we’re pretty conditioned for an offensive line if you would call us conditioned, our position," Mankins said. "A lot of times we catch them off-guard, they’re not lined up. A lot of times that works to our benefit. Sometimes it doesn’t because guys aren’t where you expect them to be or where they should be so you get confused a little. I think for the most part we’ve done a good job of getting everyone in the right direction on the right guys. When you do catch them off-guard it works out pretty good sometimes."

Patriots safety Devin McCourty discussed the so-called home field advantage and what that means going up against a road-hardened Ravens squad.

"It’s good that we get to stay home, but once you get out there on the field, you have two teams going at it, all playing for one common goal," McCourty said. "I don’t care where you play; it’s not going to change how one team comes out. Just because you're at home doesn’t mean you're going to be more prepared than the team that’s on the road. I think the team we’re playing now shows that. They’ve won a lot of road playoff games over the last couple years, so I don’t think the home field advantage will really be that much of a difference as far as [assuming] since we’re at home we’re going to win. But as a player, you always love playing in front of your fans."

News, analysis and commentary from Boston.com's staff writers and contributors, including Zuri Berry and Erik Frenz.

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