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Yeah I would think that the greatest threats to the Pats will be teams with fearsome front 7s...so probably prospective NFC opponents will present a greater challenge.
I hear you on the Ravens....But I would point out that they did lose 4 of its last 5 during their SB year. If any year was an example of 'falling into the playoffs' that was it. But in any event IMO it's less about records in the playoffs than matchups...the Ravens have all kinds of problems, but the *type* of team they are I think can be challenging to a team like the Pats (or really, any high-powered offense with a less mobile QB, that has off and on issues with its OL play) Still it would be a shocker for the Ravens to even reach Foxboro, let alone win
I think people grossly overestimates the Ravens. The reason they gave the Patriots such a hard time(despite the lopsided win-loss column) was because Ray Lewis and Ed Reed making sure everyone was in the right place to neutralize the Patriots' scheming. They're both gone, I doubt they'll pose the same sort of problem.