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Ed Reed: We have to play “a lot better” to beat Patriots

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The Ravens were outplayed in many ways Sunday against the Texans.

Houston had the tougher running game. The Texans had the better-looking defense and won the line of scrimmage battle.

What Baltimore didn’t have was a young team led by a fifth-round rookie quarterback. They didn’t make big mistakes. And they know that won’t be enough to win next week.

Safety Ed Reed said the Ravens need to play “a lot better” to win in Foxborough before repeating himself. “A lot better than today.”

“That’s probably the best defense I’ve seen all year,” running back Ray Rice said via CSNBaltimore.com.

That’s the thing. The Ravens faced perhaps the best defense in football Sunday. It’s not a shock the Texans could keep it close. Now the Ravens face a Patriots defense that is far more forgiving.

“You win the game no matter what,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s what it really boils down to in a situation like this. This football team won the game no matter what. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch, but they found a way to win the football game.”

Style points don’t matter. It makes no difference that the Ravens barely won and the Patriots won by 35 against a mediocre Broncos team.

None of that matters now. The Ravens have shown they are capable of winning ugly, and playing their best against the best competition.

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52 Responses to “Ed Reed: We have to play “a lot better” to beat Patriots”
  1. painkiller20 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:54 AM

    Receivers need to start catching balls is what he meant to say.

  2. dmc1542 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:56 AM

    a LOT better

  3. dmc1542 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:57 AM

    2012 Patriots Revenge Tour! First up-Baltimore, next up, the G-Men!

  4. thelongestgoodbye says: Jan 16, 2012 8:57 AM

    This should be a great game. Looking forward to a good showdown and facing Brady and the Pats, that’s not arrogance that’s respect.

    The Ravens, 49′ers and G-men all proved that defense still matters in the NFL.

  5. makhan250 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:58 AM

    When I watch the Ravens play, they just don’t pass the eye test. They may beat the Patriots, but there’s no way they’re playing well enough to win it all. Absolutely refuse to believe that they can until they do it.

  6. mad1449ers says: Jan 16, 2012 8:59 AM

    Will this game prove the old adage, is still true? Does defense wins championships?

  7. iamthefootballjerk says: Jan 16, 2012 9:00 AM

    The obvious statement of the week, but it’s still good to hear it from the players. They need a LOT more from Rice, the same level of Defense, and a more humble and appreciative Flacco. The sooner he realizes what a good thing he has going, and does not try to out-duel Tom Brady, the better off the whole team will be.

  8. oscojoe says: Jan 16, 2012 9:00 AM

    I’m sure Tom Brady & the Pats are Looking forward to the Battle!

    Uggs vs Suggs

  9. KIR says: Jan 16, 2012 9:02 AM

    I’ll take a great defense with a run game over a great passing offense in January every time. Also, as I have been saying all year long, teams with a great defense and run game consistently not only make the playoffs. They win in the playoffs.

    Don’t be surprised if the Ravens beat the Patriots. Ray Rice is going to have a good game. The Ravens need a couple of sacks early. Brady is a completely different QB (post surgery) if he’s facing a pass rush and fills some pain.

  10. infectorman says: Jan 16, 2012 9:05 AM

    The best defense in football? Probably resides in the bay area, and it ain’t the Raida’z

  11. ahostiletakeover says: Jan 16, 2012 9:07 AM

    Flacco missed 3 or 4 throws, but other than that he and Ray Rice played as well as the Ravens o-line let them. Too many times the pocket was collapsed by a 4 man rush in less than a second and Rice had nowhere to go either, the Texans front seven flat out beat that o-line up and down all day (kudos to them, they brought it every single play), and while the Pats front is nowhere near good as the Texans, another o-line performance like that and the Ravens won’t have a chance next week

  12. superbowldreaming says: Jan 16, 2012 9:09 AM

    If Houston had a better/more experienced quarterback (like their starter Schaub) playing then they would have won that game in Baltimore. I was really surprised at the way B-More was celebrating after they won, but played horribly. I don’t think the Ravens have much of a chance in New England.

    Further, Brady is clearly on a mission. That man looked like an assassin. He has lasers in his eyes.

  13. LynnBal says: Jan 16, 2012 9:11 AM

    Ed dropped 2 picks, Ray dropped 1 game should have been over a lot sooner

  14. ravenfan820 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:16 AM

    The Pats lost to the Steelers this year. The Ravens beat the Steelers twice…..I’m just saying…..

  15. jnbnet says: Jan 16, 2012 9:21 AM

    Ed Reed is one of the few Ravens I admire. He understands what its all about. He knows that it is a mistake to underestimate the Patriot’s D. He also knows that as good as their D is, they will be hard pressed to stop the Patriots from scoring. Two years ago has no bearing on this game. I see the Patriots by 10 points.

  16. paulieorkid says: Jan 16, 2012 9:21 AM

    Not saying it will happen, but we could be just 6 days away from the Harbaugh Bowl.

  17. footballfan83 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:23 AM

    Everyone gets hung up on how so and so team performed in their most recent game. I guess because it is freshest in their mind. But every game is different. NE didn’t beat a winning team all season long up until the Broncos, who technically were 8-8 in the regular season too. They lost to Pittsburgh – a team that can actually play defense. Anyone expecting the Patriots to drop 45 on the Ravens, or Ray Rice to be held down like the Texans D held him down are crazy. The Ravens aren’t the Broncos and the Pats aren’t the Texans. It will be an entirely different game.

  18. PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 16, 2012 9:27 AM

    Houston is hardly the best defense in football. That’s a joke right?

  19. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Jan 16, 2012 9:51 AM

    Cam Cameron needs to go period! He’s just like Martz although a pinch less arrogant. Joe needs a coordinator that he gets along with, in a system that works for him (west coast offense).

  20. paulieorkid says: Jan 16, 2012 9:57 AM

    @ ravenfan820 who said on Jan 16, 2012 9:16 AM:
    “The Pats lost to the Steelers this year. The Ravens beat the Steelers twice…..I’m just saying…..”

    - – -

    Ravenfan, the NFL is not if A > B, and B is > C, then A > C.

    Just sayin’.

  21. equtrader says: Jan 16, 2012 9:58 AM

    Brady Bunch goin down!!!

  22. thekingdave says: Jan 16, 2012 9:59 AM

    Found a way = Jagoofy gift wrapping 7 points

  23. flash1283 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:00 AM

    ravenfan820 says:
    Jan 16, 2012 9:16 AM
    The Pats lost to the Steelers this year. The Ravens beat the Steelers twice…..I’m just saying…..

    ——-
    Ravens also lost to Seattle, Jacksonville, San Diego and Tennessee. 4-4 on the road. Just saying…

  24. flash1283 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:04 AM

    KIR says:
    Jan 16, 2012 9:02 AM
    I’ll take a great defense with a run game over a great passing offense in January every time. Also, as I have been saying all year long, teams with a great defense and run game consistently not only make the playoffs. They win in the playoffs.

    Don’t be surprised if the Ravens beat the Patriots. Ray Rice is going to have a good game. The Ravens need a couple of sacks early. Brady is a completely different QB (post surgery) if he’s facing a pass rush and fills some pain.


    They showed the stat on ESPN, this year when teams bring 5 or more pass rushers he has 17 td and 2 int completing 64%, so bringing the pass rush works to the Patriots favor.

  25. gingerkid2000 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:05 AM

    So the Broncos were a dominant team when they beat the decimated Steelers but are mediocre team when they lose to the Pats 31st ranked defense? How is a 45-10 win not ugly? At some point you have to be consistent with the analysis. Style points mean nothing but there is a difference between barely beating a team with a rookie QB and blowing a team with an experienced QB out of the water.

  26. ravensfan996 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:09 AM

    Past performances don’t predicate future success…….

  27. Pat MyHog says: Jan 16, 2012 10:11 AM

    The Ravens are a 4-4 team on the road…losing to suspect teams like the Titans, Seahawks, Jaguars, and Chargers. Brady and the Pats are peaking at the right time. Ravens D is too old and too slow to match up to our right ends and wrs.

    Pats 38
    Ravens 20

  28. rayriceisnice says: Jan 16, 2012 10:11 AM

    Ravens will embarrass bieber

  29. mezanine10 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:15 AM

    The Texans beat themselves more than the Ravens beating the Texans. Terrell Suggs and Ngata were non factors. Flacco is crappy Flacco as usual. Jacoby Jones’ gift wrapped a TD for the Ravens that the Texans never quite recovered from.

    The entire NFL knows that if Matt Schaub was playing, the Texans would be on their way to New England. The fact is, the Ravens aren’t that good. They forced 4 turnovers yet, barely beat the Texans and their rookie third string QB.

  30. ravenator says: Jan 16, 2012 10:24 AM

    Pats fans are so ignorant. Hello! McFly!!!! This Pats squad can only beat losing teams. How have they performed vs playoff teams? The Broncos? That’s a joke. Ravens are 7-0 vs playoff teams, and they swept the steelers. Didn’t the steelers beat the patriots, oh ya they did. Wait, wasn’t that a team Brady dominated in the past? Oh, looks like it didn’t turn out that way. Well guess what my silly New England turds, you will lose this Sunday. Why? Because your team is the WORST defense in the NFL. THE WORST!!!!

    Ravens win this one, defense wins championships.

  31. rkingndayton says: Jan 16, 2012 10:24 AM

    This game will show how much better the Patriots are when they spread the ball around and not targeting ONE WR the whole game (Moss) like the last time they played the Ravens.
    A lot of quick-outs and draws should be a winning formula as long as our defense plays like they did vs Denver. Ball security is #1 focus against Baltimore.
    Ravens are tough but the only offensive playmakers that have me worried are Rice and Boldin. On the defensive side of the ball…..take your pick.

    Patriots by 2 (IMO)
    34-32

  32. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Jan 16, 2012 10:30 AM

    We will need to hit on all cylinders on Sunday, no question about it. However, I feel like we have serious match up problems with Gronk and the Mexican. The dwarf can cause coverage problems as well. It’s going to be an interesting game and we will have to play perfect to win. But we’ve proven that we can beat Brady in Foxborough in the playoffs, we even did it with a less experienced Flacco and Rice. Can’t wait.

  33. vandalay1 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:31 AM

    Steelers lost to the Broncos. The Pats beat the Broncos twice…I’m just saying…Ravens lost to the Rams, Seahawks and jags on the road…I’m just saying…Flacco is hot garbage…I’m just saying…

  34. psuravens19 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:35 AM

    ravenfan820 says:
    Jan 16, 2012 9:16 AM
    The Pats lost to the Steelers this year. The Ravens beat the Steelers twice…..I’m just saying…..

    _________________________

    I’m a Ravens fan, but this might be the worst comment I’ve read all morning.

  35. kisstherings says: Jan 16, 2012 10:47 AM

    @ravenfan820 says:
    Jan 16, 2012 9:16 AM
    The Pats lost to the Steelers this year. The Ravens beat the Steelers twice…..I’m just saying…..
    ———————————————————

    And the Ravens lost to the Chargers and the Patriots beat the Chargers….

    Moron

    None of that matters now.

  36. grpatriot says: Jan 16, 2012 10:49 AM

    Ravens Road Warriors, nah……..

  37. patsfan99 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:49 AM

    ravens lost to 4 NON playoff teams pats lost to 1 and 2 playoff teams and Giants are still playing.
    Flacco will not beat a FINALLY healthy Pats D

  38. gingerkid2000 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:52 AM

    jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says:

    “But we’ve proven that we can beat Brady in Foxborough in the playoffs, we even did it with a less experienced Flacco and Rice.”

    You also did it without a Welker, Wilfork, Hernandez or Gronk. Just sayin’!

  39. bostonsports11 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:55 AM

    Pats fans are so ignorant. Hello! McFly!!!! This Pats squad can only beat losing teams. How have they performed vs playoff teams? The Broncos? That’s a joke. Ravens are 7-0 vs playoff teams, and they swept the steelers. Didn’t the steelers beat the patriots, oh ya they did. Wait, wasn’t that a team Brady dominated in the past? Oh, looks like it didn’t turn out that way. Well guess what my silly New England turds, you will lose this Sunday. Why? Because your team is the WORST defense in the NFL. THE WORST!!!!

    Ravens win this one, defense wins championships.
    —————————————————-

    This comment is so stupid in so many ways Ignorant? How is that? Is it because we are 14-3 this year that makes up ignorant? Whats ignorant is your defense is 1-6 vs the Patriots in the brad era. 1 win in the playoffs and all of the tough ravens fans come out of the wood work. The defense has Spikes and Chung back and was middle of the pack in points allowed. Thats not the worst unless you go by yards which isnt the best barometer..It is going to be a great game and the team that plays mistake free will win…and if the Patriots Oline can do what they did to a good Dline for the Broncos, it will be a long day for the Ravens. But if there is pressure on Brady it will be a long day for the Patriots…

    who cares what happened in the Steelers game…that was half a season ago!!!

  40. flash1283 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:56 AM

    ravenator says:
    Jan 16, 2012 10:24 AM
    Pats fans are so ignorant. Hello! McFly!!!! This Pats squad can only beat losing teams. How have they performed vs playoff teams? The Broncos? That’s a joke. Ravens are 7-0 vs playoff teams, and they swept the steelers. Didn’t the steelers beat the patriots, oh ya they did. Wait, wasn’t that a team Brady dominated in the past? Oh, looks like it didn’t turn out that way. Well guess what my silly New England turds, you will lose this Sunday. Why? Because your team is the WORST defense in the NFL. THE WORST!!!!

    Ravens win this one, defense wins championships.

    ———–
    Yeah but you left out the part about the Ravens getting beat by Seattle, Jacksonville, Tennessee and San Diego. 4-4 on the road.

  41. blizzard01 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:57 AM

    That means you Flacco.

  42. dynastypats says: Jan 16, 2012 11:06 AM

    I want to see what Ed Reed does when he has to tackle Gronkowski. Reed has been avoiding contact with a neck issue so look for Reed to tested. The Pats will not let the pass rush be an issue with underneath routes.

  43. nannymcsack says: Jan 16, 2012 11:34 AM

    there are 17 teams that allowed more points this season than the patriots. and if you’re more concerned about yards (not sure why you would be, can’t win a game with yards), the patriots defense has given up a league-low 252ypg this postseason. If you started paying attention to points allowed and turnovers, you’d be a lot less retarded when grading a defense.

  44. hopshark says: Jan 16, 2012 12:10 PM

    IMO the Ravens will be setting the tone of this game with their defense, but I assume they will not be able to run away with it on the offensive side of the ball. I believe the Pats and the Ravens are much more evenly matched than either fan wants to admit. The Ravens have choked hard against the Jags, and the Pats choked hard against the Bills… who cares! This is a one game season and not a single highlight or lowlight casts a shadow on the AFC championship game. What concerns me is the weather, fairness of the officiating, and the Patriots taking cheap shots at injured players… The latter are both unspoken problems of playing in foxbourgh. Likewise I’ll be watching to see if the Raven’s LB pass coverage is sliced up by Brady & Gronk, if their O-line can play like men, and if Brady can make Webb and Reed a non-factor. Ravens love to be the underdogs and I think the that and the big win by the Pats plays to the Ravens favor. NE 27 BAL 30 … SuperBowl rematch Ravens v Giants coming up

  45. nesuperfan says: Jan 16, 2012 12:18 PM

    psuravens19 says:Jan 16, 2012 10:35 AM

    ravenfan820 says:
    Jan 16, 2012 9:16 AM
    The Pats lost to the Steelers this year. The Ravens beat the Steelers twice…..I’m just saying…..

    _________________________

    I’m a Ravens fan, but this might be the worst comment I’ve read all morning.
    __________________________________

    I didn’t find it stupid if I understood correctly the irony being used to demonstrate the opposite meaning. I don’t believe the writer believes this at all, but was using it to show how silly the similar claims above are (i.e. The Ravens beat the Steelers twice, and the Steelers beat the Pats).

    If that was not his intention, then yes, he is as idiotic as all the other fans giving the Ravens>Steelers>Patriots comparisons.

  46. slickmarine says: Jan 16, 2012 12:23 PM

    @jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says:Jan 16, 2012 10:30 AM

    We will need to hit on all cylinders on Sunday, no question about it. However, I feel like we have serious match up problems with Gronk and the Mexican. The dwarf can cause coverage problems as well. It’s going to be an interesting game and we will have to play perfect to win. But we’ve proven that we can beat Brady in Foxborough in the playoffs, we even did it with a less experienced Flacco and Rice. Can’t wait.
    _____

    True: you beat them in F’borough with less experienced Flacco and Rice. But – as you say – the Pats have ‘Gronk and the Mexican’…. and that has made all the difference this year. If I lived in Baltimore, I’d try not to get too far ahead of this one. Underestimating Bill and his crew can prove fatal.

  47. homelanddefense says: Jan 16, 2012 1:11 PM

    hopshark
    “fairness of the officiating, and the Patriots taking cheap shots at injured players… The latter are both unspoken problems of playing in foxbourgh.”

    ___________________________________

    Great post until that bit of ridiculousness

  48. mornelithe says: Jan 16, 2012 1:42 PM

    If there’s anything we should be aware of, is that regular season performances mean nothing, and teams typically start turning it up to a whole different level in the post-season.

    The Pats D performed better than most anyone expected (even Pats fans). Nobody or at least, very few expected them to hold the Bronco’s to 10 points, and I don’t think anyone expected them to give up the least amount of yards of any game in their season. Granted, the Broncos aren’t the Ravens, Texans, 49ers, Steelers, or Giants, but they performed at a MUCH higher level than they have all year, including the previous game against Denver.

    If the Pats D can stuff the run like they did against the Bronco’s, it should be a very, very interesting game indeed. I _hope_ the Pats win, but I have really no prediction. Raven’s have proven to be an extremely game competitor in the past, probably a close game unless either side falls apart.

    Either way, it should be entertaining to watch!!!!

  49. patsfiend says: Jan 16, 2012 2:32 PM

    NOTE TO STEELERS FANS

    Stop posting on Pats and Ravens articles.

    You’re team was embarrassed by the pathetic Broncos and manhandled by the tougher Ravens this year. Congrats on your meaningless victory over the Pats, your season highlight.

    Now, sit back and enjoy the AFC Championship game featuring the two best teams (easily) in the AFC this year, and don’t forget to watch those “Dancing With the Stars” re-runs, to re-live your greatest victory of the last 2 years.

  50. djaehne says: Jan 16, 2012 8:21 PM

    And thats why the Ravens have very little chance against New England. Ravens defense is better than their offense and Brady won’t be giving the
    interceptions that TJ Yates gave them. So looks
    like the Ravens will be sitting just like the Texans, watching Brady eventually play against
    the Giants. TV will never see the dream match of
    Texans vs. Green Bay.

  51. avoidtheboyd says: Jan 17, 2012 2:30 AM

    How well will the Jets need to play in their game?

  52. avoidtheboyd says: Jan 17, 2012 2:35 AM

    Oh and AFC south plays NFC north next season, so we WILL see Green Bay vs Houston.

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