Getting to know the Baltimore Ravens, the Patriots' next opponent, with 10 quick-hit thoughts.
1. They are 3-0, with home victories over the Chiefs (38-24) and Browns (34-3), and a road win over the Chargers (31-26). The combined record of those opponents is 2-7.
2. Second-year head coach John Harbaugh received a recommendation from Bill Belichick, who in 2008 told Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti how highly he regarded Harbaugh as an all-around coach.
3. Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is in his first season after moving over from linebackers coach. He's replaced Rex Ryan, now Jets head coach. Cam Cameron is the offensive coordinator, and he is considered one of the best in the NFL.
4. Through three weeks, no NFL team is averaging more first downs per game (27.3). The Ravens rank second in points per game (34.3).
5. Ray Rice and Willis McGahee have formed a productive 1-2 punch at running back. Rice has 38 carries for 192 yards (5.1 avg.) and 1 touchdown, while McGahee has 32 rushes for 190 yards (5.9 avg.) and 6 touchdowns (5 rushing, 1 receiving).
6. Quarterback Joe Flacco is off to a strong start, 68 of 104 for 839 yards, with 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
7. The Ravens' defense, although showing some vulnerability at times against the pass, is tied for first in the red zone. Opponents have scored just two touchdowns in eight trips. The Ravens' top red zone performance came against the Chargers (0 for 5).
8. The Ravens have gone 38 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher, dating back to Dec. 10, 2006. It's the NFL's longest current streak.
9. Former Patriot Kelley Washington, who was primarily a special teamer in New England, is tied for the team lead with 12 receptions. He is the Ravens' third receiver.