That stadium. Those fans. Those purple uniforms. That head coach.
I know, the thought of the Patriots visiting the Baltimore Ravens — while far from fearful considering the Patriots are 8-1 in the regular season against them — certainly conjures up feelings of a street fight where one possession can turn the tide. Think trash-talking, turnovers, sacks and bone-rattling hits.
That's what you expect when you go into M&T Bank Stadium to play the Ravens. That's what you're expecting when the Patriots face them on Sunday night.
Only ... this isn't your older brother's Ravens defense. This is actually a unit that the Patriots offense — even if it's current state as one of their least efficient units ever — should be able to do some damage against.
And if the Patriots' offense is again as sharp as a dull knife, and again has to rely on the defense to set them up to score with turnovers, then they really might serious issues.
Why is this a good matchup for the Patriots? After viewing some film, let us count the ways: