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McCourty relishes chance to eliminate Ravens

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The Patriots and Ravens don’t reside in the same division.  But it feels that way.

They’ve met six times since 2009, three times in the postseason.  On Sunday, the Patriots can take a major chunk out of Baltimore’s chances of making it to the postseason.  And Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty looks forward to that.

“[T]here would be no better feeling than us beating them Sunday and . . . we eliminate their season right there,” McCourty tells Tom Curran of CSN New England.  “For me and for a lot of my teammates there’d be no better feeling.  So it’s gonna be key to come out and play well on Sunday.”

The only problem with that logic is that a Baltimore loss won’t eliminate the Ravens from playoff contention.

McCourty admitted that he hates the Ravens “[a] little bit,” and that his feelings are “close” to those he has for the Jets.”

The Patriots and Ravens have met in each of the last two AFC title games.  The two teams feel destined to meet in the postseason again.  Unless, of course, the Pats can deliver a near-fatal blow to the Ravens’ chances of getting there.

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70 Responses to “McCourty relishes chance to eliminate Ravens”
  1. gojags says: Dec 19, 2013 8:41 PM

    I wonder what Belicheck feels about McCourty;s comments.

  2. moerawn says: Dec 19, 2013 8:44 PM

    Please do.

  3. green41563 says: Dec 19, 2013 8:45 PM

    Remember when this guy was going to be a star cornerback?

  4. sschmiggles says: Dec 19, 2013 8:47 PM

    > Remember when this guy was going to be a star cornerback?

    McCourty is one of the best safeties in the NFL and he can still play corner as well.

  5. kevo95 says: Dec 19, 2013 8:49 PM

    Hate both teams go Pitt

  6. jamaltimore says: Dec 19, 2013 8:50 PM

    You don’t tug on Superman’s Cape Devin, you may have awaken Joe before the 2nd quarter now. Last time Brady beat Joe was the Lee Evans game, the So called Overpaid one is gonna beat the big bad tommy boy and his band miniature receivers AGAIN Sunday evening.

  7. patriotinvasion says: Dec 19, 2013 8:52 PM

    McCourty has been a Pro Bowl free safety this year, but he doesn’t say much. I kind of like him throwing out some fight for a change, even if it is slightly inaccurate.

  8. getyourownname says: Dec 19, 2013 8:54 PM

    “For me and for a lot of my teammates there’d be no better feeling”

    So, does this mean there are some other teammates don’t feel that way?

  9. patriotsarespygaters says: Dec 19, 2013 8:57 PM

    this pathetic idiot on a decimated defense is giving out bulletin board material yall

  10. patriotsarespygaters says: Dec 19, 2013 9:01 PM

    Bold prediction is Flacco on a bum knee will throw for at least 4TDs and 400 yards on this hapless decimated defense that can’t stop a nosebleed

    lol Jason campbell the browns 3rd stringer torched your defense

  11. mrone50 says: Dec 19, 2013 9:02 PM

    Did Bellichick give him permission to talk? His mouth might have just knocked him off the team, Patriots way style.

  12. The Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 19, 2013 9:03 PM

    This should be a good game. Two teams that play each other every year. It’s practically a divisional opponent. We hope everyone comes out of the game severely injured.

  13. patriotsarespygaters says: Dec 19, 2013 9:06 PM

    Even cameras and spying wouldn’t stop the blowout that is going to occur on the patriots in this game

  14. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 19, 2013 9:06 PM

    Love the Pats/Ravens rivalry. It’s nastier than the old Colts rivalry but I respect the a Ravens more than the Jets. Its kind of the best of both worlds.

  15. faninvirginia says: Dec 19, 2013 9:07 PM

    Hope they filmed all the Ravens practices

  16. securb2013 says: Dec 19, 2013 9:08 PM

    If the Ravens win and I think they can, I hope they attribute their motivation to McCourty’s comments. It will take a team of surgeons to remove Belick’s shoe from his back quarters if it happens.

  17. RavenzGunnerz says: Dec 19, 2013 9:11 PM

    he is trying to play the Matt Elam game…

    Those NE slot receivers can’t be happy with this statement. :)

  18. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Dec 19, 2013 9:14 PM

    If the Ravens were going to show up this season, there was no better time to do so than in Week 1, at Denver.

    McCourty has it right: the Ravens are a joke.

  19. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 19, 2013 9:16 PM

    I hate the Ravens, go Pats! Aaarggh it tastes worse than it sounds.

  20. crewdawg says: Dec 19, 2013 9:17 PM

    McCourty is going to walk the walk sunday. One of the best safeties in the league. Pass defense has improved leaps and bounds ever since he switched to safety.

  21. green41563 says: Dec 19, 2013 9:17 PM

    sschmiggles says:

    McCourty is one of the best safeties in the NFL and he can still play corner as well.
    __________________________________

    Maybe, but good cornerback > good safety, so his career has been dialed back a bit.

    After all, when a guy bombs at corner, they try him at safety. But when a guy bombs at safety, they never try him at corner.

  22. bullcharger says: Dec 19, 2013 9:22 PM

    I’m glad someone on the team said something. A win eliminates the chances of the Ravens winning the division and since Manuel isn’t starting for the Bills, it likely means that the Dolphins will win, so the Ravens will almost be done with a loss.

    The Ravens are certainly good enough to win, but why shouldn’t the Patriots want to beat them badly. It’s good!

  23. dualprime says: Dec 19, 2013 9:26 PM

    McCourty had just finished watching film of the Raven’s practice when he made this comment.

  24. theeperspective says: Dec 19, 2013 9:30 PM

    “What a poser.”

    -Matt Elam

  25. xcflqb7 says: Dec 19, 2013 9:33 PM

    You’ll have plenty of time after your early playoff elimination to make pansy ass commercials Sparky – given your own media and Brady call Baltimore your nemesis – correctly since you’ve gotten beaten down in the 2 of the last 3 playoff meetings and are a dropped pass from 0-3 I’d shut my pie hole

  26. tedmurph says: Dec 19, 2013 9:34 PM

    Sorry, twice

  27. xcflqb7 says: Dec 19, 2013 9:34 PM

    P.S. – you can’t eliminate Baltimore anyway – do the math

  28. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 19, 2013 9:40 PM

    I almost want the Patriots to get to the Super Bowl so they can hold the record for most losses.

  29. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 19, 2013 9:41 PM

    Now the Ravens relish chance to eliminate McCourty.

  30. iamthefootballjerk says: Dec 19, 2013 9:54 PM

    “[T]here would be no better feeling than us beating them Sunday ..”

    Really?!? Cause I thought winning the Super Bowl might be a little more gratifying. Oh well, to each his own.

  31. akboot says: Dec 19, 2013 10:00 PM

    I want all teams to beat the ravens, mostly b/c of their sickening endorsement on the whole obamacare debacle.

  32. thesteelskirt says: Dec 19, 2013 10:07 PM

    McCourty sucks and if it wasn’t for Brady they would be an 8-8 team. Injuries and depleted talent is catching up to them.

  33. nflwatcher says: Dec 19, 2013 10:07 PM

    I see this as pretty weak ass bulletin board material. He’s is almost tipping his cap to a Ravens team that he given the Pats big problems during his 4 year career (2010-3)

    The Ravens are the defending champions who knocked the Pats out the playoffs last year, why would you expect anything less of player wanting to slay that dragon or not respect a rival who didn’t feel that way.

  34. dkinphx says: Dec 19, 2013 10:11 PM

    Balt vs. NE, huh? Gee they’ve played each other a few times lately.

    Denver and New England have played regular season games every year since 1995 except 3 years:2004,2007,2010. They play AGAIN next year and for the 3rd year in a row it will be AT NE.

    There is definitely something screwy with the scheduling format when two non-division foes meet so frequently and especially when it’s an away game for 3 straight years.

  35. backdapack4evr says: Dec 19, 2013 10:12 PM

    Lets see……
    How can we cheat this week!!!

  36. craniator says: Dec 19, 2013 10:14 PM

    As a Dolphins fan , this is one in which I win either way: If the Pats win , my team probably makes the playoffs . . . if Baltimore wins , another stake is driven through the fans of the team I can’t stand , and they’ll likely be seeded even lower. I wish these two teams could play every week !

  37. superpats90 says: Dec 19, 2013 10:15 PM

    U guys don’t have a bulletin board…

  38. The Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 19, 2013 10:15 PM

    This should be a good game. Two teams that play each other every year. It’s practically a divisional opponent. We hope everyone comes out of the game severely injured.

  39. patriotsdefense says: Dec 19, 2013 10:20 PM

    A Dolphins and Bengals win on Sunday coupled with a Ravens defeat might knock Baltimore out. If you listen to the actual interview, McCoutry stated as such.

  40. sbaltimore says: Dec 19, 2013 10:32 PM

    “Talk is cheap. Let’s go play.”

    Johnny Unitas

  41. unitasftw says: Dec 19, 2013 10:51 PM

    Tom Brady has 3 superbowl rings.

    3 superbowl rings is more than 23 NFL franchises.

    23 was Michael Jordan’s number.

    Michael Jordans’ successor is Kobe Bryant.

    Kobe Bryant was a rapist.

    Get direct TV otherwise Kobe might rape you.

  42. db105 says: Dec 19, 2013 11:27 PM

    That is an unusual comment by Patriots player.

  43. steelcurtainn says: Dec 19, 2013 11:48 PM

    Its going to happen.

  44. jefferee101 says: Dec 19, 2013 11:50 PM

    Wonder how the NFL is gonna give the game to both of these teams since they both have had NFL gift-wrapped victories within the last 3 weeks.

  45. nizzledizzleshizzle says: Dec 20, 2013 12:40 AM

    wiki tells me he only has 1 interception this year. that’s 6 less than in his 2010 debut. this isn’t the time of year to talk ish. put up or shut up. #teamRavens

  46. superpatsfan3 says: Dec 20, 2013 12:45 AM

    I don’t mind him saying what he said, I just wish he was accurate that NE winning would eliminate the Ravens. If your gonna talk, at least have the facts correct.

  47. tyler200829 says: Dec 20, 2013 1:04 AM

    One of the best safeties in the NFL?! LOL….you don’t watch much football do you?

  48. rockthered1286 says: Dec 20, 2013 1:51 AM

    Of course he’s concerned about the Ravens making the playoffs. Just look at Brady’s numbers against the Ravens in our last 3 playoff meetings. Statistically Flacco has been far superior and has pulled in a ring and SB MVP while Thomas “Muggs” Brady hasn’t won it all since Spygate. Not stirring the pot just stating the obvious.

  49. stumpy456 says: Dec 20, 2013 1:55 AM

    People don’t realize how good McCourty has been, arguably one of the better safeties in the NFL this year. He really made that transition from cornerback to safety.
    Watch him play, I hate the pats but he really disrupts everything that comes to his zone. Better than his rookie year at cornerback.
    People downvoted that guy above, but McCourty is probably gonna be a pro bowler at free safety this year which surprises people because everyone remembers he was a corner. I guess the we will see if he holds up well against the Ravens.

  50. chadhenne42 says: Dec 20, 2013 4:00 AM

    ^^
    Ya darn tootin he is.
    Yeeeeeeee hawwwwwwwwww

  51. jerrysglassescleaner says: Dec 20, 2013 5:04 AM

    Both these franchises won rigged Superbowls before. Nothing compares to the way the Dallas Cowboys aka America’s Team has honorably established themselves to set the standards as a first class organization. Thank you Jerry Jones. You will bring us back to the promised land. #patsarespygaters #seahawkswanttheirsuperbowlback

  52. backdapack4evr says: Dec 20, 2013 6:11 AM

    Lets see….
    How can we CHEAT to win??

  53. thelogicalsportsfan says: Dec 20, 2013 6:18 AM

    I’m not entirely sure this was the best choice of words.

    -The Logical Sports Fan

  54. youreallmorons says: Dec 20, 2013 6:22 AM

    So this is the guy who is in that lotion commercial with his twin brother. Now I finally know who he is. I always thought it was just two random dudes.

  55. allhailkingflacco says: Dec 20, 2013 6:34 AM

    Dear Devin,

    Thanks for the material, you just raised the decibel level by 20 come Sunday.

    Sincerely,

    Ravens Fan Base

  56. titansbro says: Dec 20, 2013 6:38 AM

    He’s a good safety, not top 5.

  57. takingbacksundays5 says: Dec 20, 2013 7:03 AM

    Ravens win this game by 10.

  58. ravenswhat says: Dec 20, 2013 7:16 AM

    I would hate the ravens too if I was mccourty. We consistently punch you in the mouth and it takes lee Evans and billy cundiff choke jobs for you guys to win.

  59. keltictim says: Dec 20, 2013 7:28 AM

    And any team that needs bulletin board material to gain an advantage is destined to fail

  60. thewhitehorsegeneral says: Dec 20, 2013 7:36 AM

    I would think winning a super bowl would be a better feeling than simply beating the Ravens and MAYBE eliminating them from the playoffs.

    Hopefully my Baltimore crew can take care of business and crank out another win. For some reason it always feels a bit more special to win over a team like the Patriots who think they are the best, has a head coach who thinks he’s God, and then some players who whine so much you’d think they own a vineyard.

    Thanks for the extra motivation Devin. Now let’s hope our guys can keep their mouths shut and not give the Pats something to talk about.

  61. jmattharrison says: Dec 20, 2013 8:35 AM

    I don’t see why this is even a story.

    The Ravens have already clinched their division, a spot in the playoffs, and a ticket to the Super Bowl, right?

    The Patriots have no chance in this game! Silly, fans.

  62. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: Dec 20, 2013 8:53 AM

    I’d wait until my defensive squad could stop a nose bleed before I open my big mouth.

    Pats D made Jason Campbell and Ryan Tannehill look like Peyton Manning. Flacco is going to torch them.

  63. finsblood13 says: Dec 20, 2013 8:58 AM

    Go Dolphins!! Itsourtime!

  64. skleech22 says: Dec 20, 2013 9:11 AM

    Hate both teams but at least the Ravens won a title without cheating.

  65. geddy39 says: Dec 20, 2013 9:26 AM

    The comments don’t hold much weight when they come from someone more recognizable from cocoa butter commercials than his NFL career.

  66. clelek05 says: Dec 20, 2013 10:21 AM

    Thank you Devin. I’m so sick of this silent crap the Patriots have been pulling for the past decade. Yes it works but this is football. We all know the task at hand. Who cares if he says it? Let’s play ball. Pats need this game to avoid the Ravens in the playoffs!

  67. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 20, 2013 10:32 AM

    So according to all the morons out there.

    The Saints got a ring because of bounty gate.

    Patriots got their 3 from spy gate?

    Ravens got theirs from luck and the refs.

    That sounds like sour grape loser talk to me. Your loser team wasn’t good enough to win, accept it. Stop trying to find other reasons than your team sucks.

  68. imbetterthanyou says: Dec 20, 2013 10:35 AM

    Where are you fools seeing billboard material? Devin just wants to knock out a team that knocked them out last year. This just shows the farther south down 95 you go, so goes the intelligence level…

  69. ledzep826 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:08 AM

    ravens will eliminate themselves because of their pathetic offense

  70. hyguy47 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:12 AM

    I don’t blame him……did you see how he was owned in the last AFC championship.

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