Ravens must keep the heat on Brady to cool off passing game

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The Patriots have an argument that their video game matches their on-field performance. It’s defense, however, hasn’t fared as well this year. Despite posting a 13-3 regular season record, the Patriots' defense ranked 31st in the NFL by giving up 411.1 yards per game.

After struggling to move the ball offensively against Houston, and with Brady quarterbacking New England’s offense, Smith said the Baltimore offense will need to step up and help its defense out by scoring more points than usual. The Ravens haven’t scored more than 30 points in a game since beating Cincinnati 31-24 in Week 11.

“It would be safe to say we’re going to have to score points to win this game,” the University of Maryland product said.

Injury report

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said there were no new injuries following Baltimore’s win over Houston on Sunday. Harbaugh added safety Ed Reed, who injured his ankle trying to deflect a pass in the final seconds against Houston, was doing fine. X-rays on Reed’s ankle returned negative, and no further testing has been scheduled.

Cornerback Chris Carr was a healthy scratch against Houston, Harbaugh confirmed. Carr, who normally is active, was inactive in favor of defensive lineman Brandon McKinney and special teams player/reserve cornerback Danny Gorrer. Harbaugh said Carr is integral against pass-heavy teams, which makes his chances of being active and playing against New England high.

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