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NFL Notebook: Will Patriots change personnel in a rematch with Ravens, Lamar Jackson?

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Sorry, just can't get into the Texans' matchup. Can the Patriots lose? Sure. Just like they have in December to the Dolphins the previous two seasons. Could Houston be the new Miami? It could, especially considering the Texans are getting two starting-caliber corners back in the mix. But I doubt it. As the immortal John "The General" McClain said in these webpages:

"When the Texans see the Patriots, their butts get so tight you couldn’t drive a pin in them with a sledgehammer."

So there you have it.

In the meantime, we can't seem to get the Ravens, who have a tough matchup at 1 p.m. in the 49ers, out of our heads. We're guessing Bill Belichick can't either. The two teams seem to be on a collision course. FootballOutsiders.com has both teams with a 75 percent chance to make the AFC Championship Game. The Chiefs are next-best at 27.8 percent. No one else in the AFC is above 5 percent.

So we'll periodically be going over some of the factors in a possible rematch.

In this installment, we're going to look at potential personnel changes defensively for the Patriots. I'm not going to get into the X's and O's on this. I'm not an expert on it, and quite frankly, I think it's a waste of time unless you have some real knowledge (I know BSJ resident X's and O's expert Cory Bailey is working on something now that football season is winding down — he can actually tell you something useful).

As the old football adage goes, "It's not the X's and the O's but the Jimmys and the Joes." Even heard Foxborough's resident Joe, Joe Judge, utter that recently. And with Jackson and that Ravens offense, the personnel on the field matters more than most teams.

One thing that stood out going back over the statistics was, the Ravens really