Patriots-Ravens matchup of the day: Friday

Posted Oct. 15, 2010 @ 3:30 p.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

Here's a matchup to keep an eye on in the Week Six game between the Patriots and Ravens:

Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo vs. Ravens RB Ray Rice

Mayo has picked up his game significantly in the past two games and leads the Patriots with 43 tackles in four games. He had nine in the Pats' playoff loss to the Ravens last January.

Rice, whose 83-yard TD run sparked the Ravens' playoff rout in Foxborough, ran for 133 yards in Week Five against the Broncos.

The Patriots' young defense will count on Mayo, who seems to be at the peak of his game, to slow down Rice, whether it be via run blitzing or shutting Rice down if he gets to the second level. Forcing the Ravens into passing situations will alleviate some pressure on a young Patriots secondary. A big day for Rice, and the Patriots could experience a repeat of January's debacle.