New England does some suspect stuff on offense. Can't really respect it. Comparable to a cheap shot b4 a fight
— Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310) January 13, 2013
The war of words between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots already is under way.
While New England was in the process of defeating the Houston Texans on Sunday to set up an AFC Championship Game rematch with Baltimore, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo ripped the Patriots on Twitter, particularly criticizing their no-huddle offense.
"New England does some suspect stuff on offense. Can't really respect it. Comparable to a cheap shot b4 a fight," Ayanbadejo tweeted on his account, @brendon310.
Ayanbadejo will get an opportunity to see New England's offense in person next weekend when the Ravens visit the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game for the second consecutive season. New England won last year's meeting, 23-20, thanks to a missed field goal by Baltimore's Billy Cundiff as time expired.
The Patriots gained 457 yards of total offense in Sunday's 41-28 victory over the Texans, as Tom Brady passed for 344 yards while orchestrating a hurry-up offense that confounded Houston throughout the contest.
But Ayanbadejo was unimpressed, referring to the Patriots' approach as "a gimmick."
"Are you watching the game pats vs texans?," Ayanbadejo tweeted. "If so you see the hurry snap offense catch em b4 they set up. It's a gimmick."
"Their offense is good enough to be successful with out that," he later tweeted.
Ayanbadejo proceeded to make a critical references to the Spygate scandal and Patriots coach Bill Belichick's decision to cut wide receiver Tiquan Underwood one day before Super Bowl XLVI.
"You know the same organization that did spygate and cut a guy the day b4 the Super Bowl," he tweeted.
Ayanbadejo also referred to the Patriots' 2007 season, when they completed the only 16-0 regular season in NFL history but lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
"18-1," he tweeted.
The Ravens rallied past the Patriots for a 31-30 victory in Week 3 this season. Ayanbadejo, who did not record a tackle in that contest, posted several tweets stating that he "Can't Wait!" for the latest rematch between the rivals.
Ayanbadejo also reiterated his distaste for New England's hurry-up offense, asserting that there is no place for it "in a sport that is predicated on mano y mano."