Speaking on WFAN in New York Friday, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said, "First off, the Ravens are going to win this game," when referring to Baltimore's AFC Championship matchup against the Patriots Sunday.
Ryan later added, "I think they can move the ball on the Pats, I don’t think there’s any doubt. I think they can move. And, let’s face it, I’m cheering for the Ravens."
The Jets' coach went on to explain why he believes Baltimore has the upper-hand on the Patriots.
"The only way you’re going to beat New England is if you have a great defense. And when you look at the teams that won, now obviously Buffalo was the one exception, in three years I’m talking about, the Giants had a great game defensively, they were able to get pressure on the quarterback, make plays in the back end. The Ravens had beaten New England before with a dominant defense. We beat New England three times but we did it creatively, a different type of defense, (Tom Brady) wasn’t comfortable.
"I think there are only a few teams ... Pittsburgh, was more physical than New England. That’s why they won. So the Ravens, in my opinion, are going to take a similar approach to how the Giants played them. Meaning, they’re going to rush four guys on them, I truly think they’re going to rush four. I think Terrell Suggs might be the difference in this game. I don’t know how many guys can block Terrell Suggs. I’ve got the answer: none of them. So I think Suggs is going to be huge but they’ve got to be physical. And the Ravens’ offense does have to show up. They have to protect the football."
Wes Welker offered his response on Friday.
"That's Rex for ya. Hopefully we can prove him wrong," Welker said.
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