Talib's personal numbers aren't eye-opening (just one interception and two pass breakups in the team's last eight contests), but the defense's statistics have been much better. After surrendering an average of 285.3 yards, a 66.1 completion percentage and 19 touchdowns in the first nine games, the Patriots have trimmed those numbers to a 253.4 average, a 57.3 percentage and 10 scores.
"One of the things you can see immediately is, he's a very, very skilled and talented performer," Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said after Thursday's practice. "He runs extremely well, he's a very confident player, he's challenged the best in the league. He'll line up on them, he'll cover them all over the field."
"He is a great corner. He is a playmaker," Smith said. "He is more of a man-coverage guy, but they kind of do more zone stuff up there. I'm sure he is versatile and can do a little bit of both. It will be a nice challenge for us."
Caldwell did note that Talib is an aggressive defender, calling him “a riverboat gambler” who will “take a chance here or there.” But Caldwell said that wouldn’t influence him or quarterback