Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in the Baltimore Ravens-New England Patriots Week 14 game, with the line from OddsShark.
Baltimore Ravens at (-7) New England Patriots, Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET
Mike: Ravens. Three of the last five games between these two teams have been decided by four or fewer points, and that doesn’t include a Baltimore win. That Ravens defense is really good and should be able to hold the banged-up Patriots offense in check.
Andre: Patriots. Tom Brady has thrown only one interception this season, and I’m still not completely sold on the Ravens, even after their huge win over the Dolphins last week. Baltimore is successful because its run defense is the best in the league (3.4 yards allowed per carry). While the Patriots are running the ball more this year than in years past, they aren’t exactly a ground-and-pound team, so they won’t have to rely on the run to win and cover.
Ricky: Ravens. This marks the Patriots’ first real test since losing Rob Gronkowski for the season, and New England now will be without another viable receiving option in Danny Amendola. Injuries coupled with the Ravens’ suffocating run defense means Brady will need to take over. I don’t doubt he can, but these teams typically play each other close, anyway. Give me the points.
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