Despite a down year in New England, John Harbaugh remains leery of the Patriots

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The Ravens and Patriots have developed a potent rivalry over the past decade, with multiple playoff meetings and still-lingering suspicion in New England that Baltimore instigated #Deflategate.

This year, the game lacks some sizzle, because the Patriots for the first time in a long time lack the skill to contend with the best teams in the league. Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who leads one of the best teams in the league, nevertheless remains leery.

“They’re the Patriots,” Harbaugh told PFT after last week’s road win over the Colts. “They’re the New England patriots. They’re coached by Bill Belichick. They’re smart and they have tremendous character. Cam Newton is talented. We’re just gonna have to play our best football. The thing I’m gonna keep focusing on is just playing winning football. You do that [in] all three stages, and we’re gonna win games. That’s all we need to do.

“And we’re young. It’s hard sometimes for young teams to learn how to win in this league. We’re a lot younger than people think we are. That’s something I think that guys kind of have to learn from experience. I include Lamar [Jackson] in that. Lamar is a young player.”

In 2019, when Lamar was a year younger, the Ravens ended New England’s 8-0 start to the season. It was one of many significant wins last year, as Baltimore turned a 2-2 start into a 14-2 finish.

It’s amazing that, in just a year, the ultimate challenge for the Ravens has become a potential trap game. As traps go, few coaches know how to set them like Belichick. So, yes, it makes sense for Harbaugh to be leery.

11 responses to “Despite a down year in New England, John Harbaugh remains leery of the Patriots

  1. John Harbaugh’s not stupid. Whatever else is going on, that’s still Bill Belichick scowling on the other sideline.

  2. He’s licking his chops at the prospect of some payback. And he’s hardly going to say they are awful and we will pump them!

  3. its going to be heavy rain and windy tonight with gusts of 50 mph. Both teams tend towards running offenses and its not going to be easy to pass tonight. Shaping up to be a slugging match on the lines

  4. As a Pats fan, I wish we were playing the other Harbaugh. The Pats D in its current incarnation can not stop the run and the Ravens run.

    Bill picked the right year to let the you know what hit the fan. I love Brady, especially his competitiveness but it would be sad to see him playing with this squad this year.

    Has a coach/GM ever got more out of 6 round compensatory pick than Bill got out of Tom? He’s even taken the dead money hit at the best possible time and likely will get a 3rd round compensatory pick for Tom in next year’s draft..

    Tom gets a chance to win in Tampa. Best for everyone.

  5. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    November 15, 2020 at 10:24 am
    The running game is licking their chops with that soft front 7

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    Agreed. All Pro Mike Onwenu and the 4th ranked Pats rushing offense is licking its chops with old Campbell out, injury prone Wolfe and an ailing Michael Judon.

    Good point.

  6. tigerlilac says:
    November 15, 2020 at 10:32 am
    As a Pats fan, I wish we were playing the other Harbaugh. The Pats D in its current incarnation can not stop the run and the Ravens run.

    Bill picked the right year to let the you know what hit the fan. I love Brady, especially his competitiveness but it would be sad to see him playing with this squad this year.

    Has a coach/GM ever got more out of 6 round compensatory pick than Bill got out of Tom? He’s even taken the dead money hit at the best possible time and likely will get a 3rd round compensatory pick for Tom in next year’s draft..

    Tom gets a chance to win in Tampa. Best for everyone.

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    With no pandemic, they’re 6-2. Scarnecchia was just talking about no otas, a mini camp or preseason hurting the transition, which it does.

    That said, I’d rather this happen now where a mess of a season for really any sports league, especially this non-bubble nfl, as opposed to it being delayed and stalled.

    NE has a great chance in 2021 to immediately bounce with back with all of this young talent getting these reps.

    Brady is in trouble as he ages, has disputes with Arians, and the cap drops in 2021.

  7. Yeah, because his QB sucks. He should be leery of every team since they’ve figured out how to stop Lamar. They may not have the personnel to do it but they know the playbook on Lamar.

  8. touchback6 says:
    November 15, 2020 at 11:31 am
    tigerlilac says:
    November 15, 2020 at 10:32 am
    As a Pats fan, I wish we were playing the other Harbaugh. The Pats D in its current incarnation can not stop the run and the Ravens run.

    Bill picked the right year to let the you know what hit the fan. I love Brady, especially his competitiveness but it would be sad to see him playing with this squad this year.

    Has a coach/GM ever got more out of 6 round compensatory pick than Bill got out of Tom? He’s even taken the dead money hit at the best possible time and likely will get a 3rd round compensatory pick for Tom in next year’s draft..

    Tom gets a chance to win in Tampa. Best for everyone.

    1 3 Rate This

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    With no pandemic, they’re 6-2. Scarnecchia was just talking about no otas, a mini camp or preseason hurting the transition, which it does.

    That said, I’d rather this happen now where a mess of a season for really any sports league, especially this non-bubble nfl, as opposed to it being delayed and stalled.

    NE has a great chance in 2021 to immediately bounce with back with all of this young talent getting these reps

    @@@@@@@222

    To bad you won’t be here on PFT to tell us about the 2021 season. You are a man of your word….right?

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