With the game less than 3-hours away, there were a few things I found while doing a bit of reading this morning.  So here are a few notes that you may find interesting.

  • Say what you want about Joe Flacco, but so far he’s been a winner.¬† He’s compiled a 24-13 record as a starter since he’s taken over as Baltimore’s signal caller, and will likely be tough¬†to defend against this afternoon.
     
  • I wrote about this in another post, but New England needs to break the third down funk they’re currently in on defense.¬† In case you were unaware, the Patriots have only returned four punts all year, ranking them last in the NFL.¬† That puts them 14 returns behind the league-leading – you guessed it – Baltimore Ravens.¬†¬†When the two last met earlier this¬†year New England only converted 3 third¬†downs throughout the entire game.¬† That¬†can’t¬†happen today.
     
  • Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reported this morning via Twitter that¬†cornerback Terrence Wheatley, who has missed the first four games with a foot injury, is back and was the first player to loosen up on the field this morning.¬† Having Wheatley back finally gives them some more depth and experience in the secondary, which they could definitely use this afternoon.
     
  • Reiss also reported this morning that tight end Alge Crumpler will be at midfield today for the coin toss, as he was recently named as an additional captain.¬† He’s¬†done a great job blocking when he’s been on¬†the field and has reportedly been a great presence in the locker room, so as a result¬†he’s been rewarded.
     
  • Today is the start of a new era, and¬†as one of our posters¬†points out – what you see this afternoon offensively is likely¬†what we’ll see from¬†New England over the next several years.¬†¬†Considering¬†the¬†young players they have along with the mix of veterans¬†Wes Welker and Deion Branch, the core of players they have currently are going to be around for a while.¬† Needless to say today’s game should give quite a glimpse into the future.