Links from the Ravens perspective leading into Sunday night's game versus the Patriots:
Big game for former Pats coordinator Pees. Now in his first season as Ravens defensive coordinator, Dean Pees is responsible for drawing up the plans to slow down Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense. “I’m not going to lie about that and act like it’s just another game,” Pees said, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “It’s a big game for me.”
Pass defense faces scrutiny. The Ravens couldn’t contain Eagles tight end Brent Celek last week, but the blame for the performance doesn’t fall solely on the secondary, Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times writes.
Tucker for Cundiff switch working out. If Billy Cundiff was still the Ravens’ placekicker, there would be a lot of chatter about his crushing 32-yard miss at the end of the AFC Championship game last year. But rookie Justin Tucker won the job and he’s been perfect so far, Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun writes.
Jones makes early mark at WR. Jacoby Jones, who signed with the Ravens as a free agent in May after five seasons with the Texans, had a touchdown catch in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles as he integrates into the mix alongside Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin. Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times writes on Jones, with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron noting how he’s a vertical threat.
Pitta now listed as top tight end. Dennis Pitta, the 2010 fourth-round draft choice out of Brigham Young, has leaped up the depth chart to the No. 1 spot. He was targeted 15 times in last Sunday’s loss to the Eagles and Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun writes on how Pitta is lining up in various spots.
Who’s picking who from Ravens perspective? Of the seven writers/columnists from the Baltimore Sun, four pick the Ravens, while three go with the Patriots.