(AP) Baltimore (7-5) has won four of its past five games. After the Steelers win Sunday in Buffalo, the Ravens enter the Monday night game in New England a half game out of first in the AFC North.
Under coach John Harbaugh the Ravens have been one of the few teams that have consistently played the Patriots close. In six games at Gillette Stadium under Harbaugh, the Ravens are 2-4, but their four defeats have come by an average of four points. That includes the 35-31 loss in the 2015 playoff loss.
“We do appreciate it,” Harbaugh said of the rivalry with New England. “We’re glad to be in this game. We’re glad we’ve earned the right to play a meaningful game in December, most especially against the team we’re about to play, because they’re always in that position.”
The Ravens’s defense is giving up 296.1 yards per game overall and an NFL-low 73.8 rushing yards per game. That unit will be tested this week when it tries to slow down New England RB LeGarrette Blount, who has a league-best 13 rushing touchdowns.