Patriots can clinch AFC East title with win over Ravens

BALTIMORE (7-5) at NEW ENGLAND (10-2)

Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 9 +

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 6-6, New England 9-3

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 9-3

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Ravens 35-31, AFC divisional playoffs, Jan. 10, 2015

LAST WEEK -Ravens beat Dolphins 38-6; Patriots beat Rams 26-10

AP PRO32 RANKING -Ravens No. 10, Patriots No. 2

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (28), PASS (12)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (1), PASS (7))

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (6), PASS (5)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (10), PASS (12)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -Ravens and Patriots are meeting on Monday night for first time since 2007. ... Baltimore is 3-5 against New England since John Harbaugh became coach in 2008. ... Baltimore has won four of its past five and entered Week 14 tied with Pittsburgh atop AFC North. ... Ravens have NFL's top-ranked defense, giving up 296.1 yards per game. ... In six games at Gillette Stadium under Harbaugh, Ravens are 2-4, with their four defeats coming by average of four points. Baltimore has outscored Patriots 153-135 in those six games. ... QB Joe Flacco has passer rating of 115 or more in two of his past three games against New England. ... WR Steve Smith has 145 receiving yards and TD in past two games against Patriots. ... LB Terrell Suggs is tied for seventh in NFL with eight sacks. ...New England can clinch AFC East title for eighth consecutive season with victory and Miami loss or tie. It would be longest streak of division titles in NFL history. ... New England also gets a first-round bye with win, losses by Miami and Pittsburgh. ... Patriots have won three straight games overall and seven of last eight. ... In eight games Tom Brady has played this season (he was suspended four games as part of ''Deflategate'') he has 2,470 passing yards, 19 TDs and one INT for 113.1 passer rating. ... RB LeGarrette Blount leads NFL with 13 rushing TDs. ... LB Rob Ninkovich has sack in three of past four games. Fantasy Tip: This isn't best week to expect big numbers from Blount. Baltimore has NFL's best run defense, surrendering 73.8 yards per game.

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