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Thursday, December 19, 2013
A family affair for Chandler Jones

By Field Yates

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For the third time in his young career, Chandler Jones and the Patriots will square off against the Baltimore Ravens.

For Jones, that means the opportunity to play against his older brother, Art, a fourth-year defensive lineman for the Ravens who is enjoying his best season as a pro.

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And while the two are extremely close, they've shied away from communication this week, though it turns out that isn't uncommon during the busy football season.

"I haven't spoke to him actually," he said of any communication this week. "That's not abnormal that we haven't [spoken]. We usually don't have time to catch up a lot."

Art and Chandler are just two of three athletic Jones brothers, as Jonny, the middle of the three, is the current light heavyweight champion in UFC.

Jonny will be in attendance this Sunday with his fiancee, as will the Jones parents and Art's fiancee, too.

This will mark the third time that Chandler Jones has played in front of his parents this season, as they've previously attended one home and one road game.

But despite the extra attention from his family, Jones' focus remains on his job, which includes finding a way to generate pressure on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

In order to do so, he'll need to find his way around Eugene Monroe, acquired via trade earlier this season to replace Bryant McKinnie, who Jones has played against multiple times during his career.

"They're both good players, they move their body well for their size," Jones said in comparing Monroe and McKinnie. "They're very mobile. My job is just to work 'em, keep working 'em."

The second-year pro is hopeful to continue his strong season (he's fourth in the NFL with 11.5 sacks), and do something to Flacco that the Patriots were unable to do at all in last year's AFC championship -- bring him down via a sack.

The door should be open for Jones, as the Ravens' offensive line has endured struggles this season, surrendering 42 sacks of Flacco, the third most among NFL quarterbacks.