Sunday, January 22, 2012
Pats-Ravens halftime notes
By James Walker
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots lead the Baltimore Ravens 13-10 at intermission.
Here are some notes on the Patriots:
- Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is stepping up for New England. Green-Ellis is New England's most physical runner and that is needed against Baltimore's stout defense. He has 50 rushing yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
- Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork is in the zone. Wilfork is making plays in the running and passing game. Wilfork is holding his gap well and stuffed a couple of runs by Ravens tailback Ray Rice. Wilfork also had a sack in the first quarter on Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco. Wilfork hurt his left arm in the second quarter but returned to the game.
- New England's 31st-ranked pass defense is struggling. The Ravens aren't throwing the ball a ton, but they are having success when they do air it out. Flacco, who has been criticized all week, has thrown for 162 yards and a touchdown in the first half. New England's corners are having trouble with Baltimore's receivers and there have been some miscommunications in the secondary that need to be cleared up at halftime.