Both teams are coming off losses heading into this
So far, Brady has completed 51 of 77 passes for 552 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for a 94.7 quarterback rating.
"I'm interested to see how the Ravens choose to match up with them," Hoge, an
"Brady's not in any kind of rhythm right now. The injury to
Offensively, Hoge foresees a challenge for the Ravens because of the Patriots' defensive improvement that includes talented rookie starters in defensive end
Jones has 11 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles. And Hightower has 13 tackles, one fumble recovery for a touchdown.
"They're much better now," Hoge said. "They're got a lot more athletic ability. They've got a five linebacker look where they're all standing up and they've got two down linemen. It's hard to pick out who you're blocking and it poses a problem. Spikes is a besat. Watch him get downhill. He bloews people up. He tears them a new one. He does a great job of shedding blockers and getting to the ball carrier. The Ravens need to make
In watching the Ravens' offensive line during a 24-23 loss to the
"He got roasted last week," Hoge said. "He had a tough day. THe Eagles have a great rotation."
Hoge opined that the Ravens need to utilize All-Pro fullback
"He's a power guy, one of the best in football," Hoge said. "The Philly defense did a heck of a job, a great job of getting pressure. When that happens, run the football. Leach and Rice should be well-rested. It's always a mistake to surrender and say, 'We can't run.' You got to try to the run the ball."
As for a prediction, Hoge thinks the Ravens, who've won 19 of their last 20 home games and 13 consecutive games following a loss, will bounce back with a close victory.
"Obviously, this is no perfect science," Hoge said. "I'm picking the Ravens in a close one. I think they're maybe a little bit better."