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What the Ravens are saying about the Patriots this week

Can the 7-5 Ravens upset the 10-2 Patriots? They think so.

Bill Belichick and John Harbaugh's rivalry is as complex as it is long. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

There is plenty of animosity between the Patriots and Ravens, but the players have thus far avoided inciting further feud. Terrell Suggs’ strategy for not saying something inflammatory about Tom Brady seems to be not saying the quarterback’s name at all, for instance. On the field though, a high-powered Patriots offense will face off with a physical Ravens defense that can stop you in different ways. Strong pass-rushers, run-stuffers, and lockdown ball-hawks will try and pull off the upset for Baltimore on the road against Tom Brady and company.

Here’s what the team had to say:

Head Coach John Harbaugh

  • On the Patriots: “I think you start – and they’ll do the same – both teams will play to their strengths. You build your schemes through your personnel, and you play to the things you do well. You don’t want to go out there and start running around trying to do things that you don’t know how they’re going to play out. They’ll be the same way. There will be wrinkles in the game plans, I’m sure, on both sides.”
  • On Tom Brady: “He’ll have studied us in every which way possible, I’m quite sure, looking for every indication that he can… That’s one of the things that makes him the great player that he is. We’re just going to have to be ready for everything and play our style of football…If he’s lost anything physically, he definitely makes up for it with his mind and his experience. He’s moving very well. He’s moving around the pocket very well and creating throws for himself in the pocket…”
  • On Bill Belichick: “I have a ton of respect for him. I really like him as a person. I think he’s a great coach – greatest coach of this generation. He’s earned that title. And I study him. I’ve always studied him… [We have a] similar background with the special teams and that sort of thing. All of that kind of goes out the window when you compete against one another. It’s like anything else, you want to win. I’m sure he feels the same way.”

Quarterback Joe Flacco

  • On the defense: “…They are going to be physical up front. They are not going to run by the quarterback. They are going to try and push the line back, stop the run. They are going to play sound football in the back end. They are going to go get the ball when they get the chance to. They are going to play man coverage and help out inside a little bit… They want you to have to move the ball and score by taking your time and methodically moving the ball down the field. They are going to hope that you make a mistake at some point and give the ball back to them…”
  • On the rivalry: “We play in a lot of tough games every year. We have had to go up there a good amount late in the season in the playoffs, and I think that gives you a sense of confidence to go up there and to get the job done. When you have not experienced it much, I think they are a team that can intimidate some people. But I don’t think that is us. I think that we have done it enough that we feel good about doing it… We have always had good teams going up there and a bunch of guys that feel that way and have felt that we can win the game…”

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs:

  • On the Patriots: “How many Super Bowls do they have? They have like four or five, and they’ve played in like six or seven games. You can’t do anything but respect that. Wins are wins, and championships are championships.”
  • On Tom Brady:

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