Are the Ravens good enough offensively for the playoffs?
For Patriots safety Devin McCourty, Sunday’s game against the Ravens is personal. The Ravens beat the Patriots in last year’s AFC championship game and McCourty wants payback. If the Patriots win Sunday, it could severely damage the Ravens’ playoff hopes. That sounds good to McCourty.
“I’ll put it this way: there would be no better feeling than us beating them Sunday and…we eliminate their season right there,” McCourty told CSN New England. “For me and a lot of my teammates there’d be no better feeling.”
Asked if he hated the Ravens, McCourty said, “A little bit.”
Did he hate them more than the Jets? “It’s close. The Jets might be at the top of that.”
Are safeties becoming like wide receivers when it comes to trash talk? Last week, it was Ravens safety Matt Elam who made headlines for calling Calvin Johnson “pretty old”, though Elam said he meant no harm. Now McCourty is mouthing off about the Ravens, which might not make Patriots coach Bill Belichick very happy.
At least McCourty has provided some bulletin board material. Terrell Suggs of the Ravens has been on good behavior all week. Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones said he couldn’t even get his brother, Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, to call him back this week.
McCourty was not afraid to talk. But it remains to be seen if he will feel great, or miserable, after Sunday's game.