The Baltimore Ravens know Tom Brady well.
They've had some epic clashes with the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback over the years.
The Ravens and Brady will write another chapter in their storied history Nov. 3 in Baltimore.
“It's a big challenge," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He and Peyton Manning are probably the two best ever at dissecting the defense intellectually and knowing where to go with the ball, knowing where he wants to go with the ball, setting himself up pre-snap to have that throw, getting the ball out and getting it out very accurately and quickly, as you said.
"So, that's what makes him who he is.”Brady has won six of seven regular-season games against the Ravens. He has thrown for 1,892 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions."
Baltimore has managed to beat him twice in the postseason, but have also lost twice. All four games were in Foxborough.
It's always a challenging matchup.
“I think it is going to be a hell of a game," Brady said on the he Greg Hill Show. "It’s going to be a really great environment. They’ve got a great history there, especially defensive football. And their ability to run the ball, control the clock, the way Lamar (Jackson) is playing, he’s doing a great job for them. We have always had really tough battles there, and any time you go on the road in the NFL — it’s hard to win."
The Ravens hope to counter Brady's quick throws with some upgrades in the secondary. The team recently acquired Marcus Peters, who managed an interception in his first appearance with the team. Fellow cornerback Jimmy Smith also should be ready play for the first time since injuring his knee in the regular-season opener in Miami.
Those additions should help the Ravens have one of the deepest secondaries in the league. Baltimore has to do a better job with the pass rush, which has managed just 12 sacks thus far.
The Patriots are 8-0 and running away with the AFC East once again. The Ravens are 5-2 and lead the AFC North.
"It’s exciting," Harbaugh said. "It’s the National Football League, and they’re all exciting. You only get to play 16 [games], so to say that any of them aren’t exciting is definitely not true, for the players and the coaches, because they’re just so valuable. Any player or coach would tell you that. Then, these are even more exciting.
"It’s even more exciting because you’re playing the defending champs. Obviously, they’re playing great. [They are] a very well-coached football team, always are. [They are a] very smart football team, tough football team. So, that gets you fired up. That’s what you’re in this business for. We’ll be excited for it, but for us, it’s really more about just taking care of our business day to day and getting ready to play the game.”