If the Ravens win the toss, do they take the ball or defer? I admit to somewhat of an obsession with this topic as I started a thread on it before the Broncos game before several people pointed out that John Fox is like BB and always defers when the Broncos win the toss. Sure enough, the Broncos won the toss, they deferred, and it took Brady less than 2 minutes to march down the field in the hurry up and score a touchdown. Although we didn't know it at the time, that was pretty much the ballgame right there for the Broncos (or I guess, it was ballgame on the Broncos first drive when Tebow fumbled and Brady came out again and quickly scored another TD). So, what do the Ravens do? Do they always defer like BB? Do they always take the ball first? Curious if any Ravens fans out there know what their strategy will be or is likely to be. For the Pats, we know they will defer if they win the toss. The first time they come out, what will it be? I'd guess that they'll try to do what they did to the Broncos, that is, come out in the hurry up, or up tempo offense, shotgun, 5 wide, and try to get the horses rolling immediately. I have to admit, it always scares me to see Brady lined up 5 wide, no RB when he is against his goal line (although it's likely to be the 20 yd. line) before he has a chance to see what the opponent's defense is going to do (or even when he knows what they are going to do - what crazy offense does this? The Pats, that's who). The Pats, however, never display such fear and they usually either get going, or (frustratingly at the end of the regular season) go 3 and out and waste their first possession. An added worry for me this week - isn't this the formation that Brady was in on our first possession against the Ravens in 2009 when they knocked the ball out of his hands and quickly went up 14-0? Arrrggghhh. Pysching myself out here.