If you always respect your competition, you always have a chance. Ray Lewis may have a man crush on Tom Brady but it's out of respect. But it's mutual too and there's no fiercer competitors than those two guys. It should be an interesting game this weekend, a battle of wills between Ray Lewis and Ed Reed on one side versus Tom Brady and his weapons on the other. Don't get me wrong, the opposite sides matter too; but if the Ravens can't contain the Pats offense, I don't think it matters how well the Ravens' offense plays or how bad the Patriots' defense plays. If the Ravens do a decent job of containing the Patriot offense, then the game could then be decided on the legs of Ray Rice but probably more so on the arm of Joe Flacco. Put another way, the game in my opinion will be decided by the Patriot offensive line, which is very good but is it good enough to keep a determined Raven defense off Tom Brady's back. I think so but we'll see.
If you've never seen the clip below of Ray Lewis and Darrelle Revis waxing poetic on Tom Brady, it's pretty cool. Couldn't you listen to Ray Lewis read the phone book?