Hot Button: Setting defensive priorities
January, 17, 2013
Getty Images, USA TODAY SportsIn a Hot Button now posted to ESPNBoston.com, Mike Rodak and Field Yates debate the following question: Which aspect of the Ravens' attack will it be more important for the Pats to stop, Joe Flacco's vertical passing game or Ray Rice and the running game?
Here are their arguments. Give us your take in the comments section:
* Yates -- Stopping Rice is job No. 1: Small in stature but with no shortage of talent, Ray Rice is the best player on a Ravens offense that is playing better now than it has since the start of the regular season. Rice is the Ravens' workhorse, the player who sets the tempo on their offense and the guy who they count on not only to run the football, but to catch passes and pass protect. Simply put, he does it all. But he's at his best with the ball in his hands on a backfield carry, and the Patriots have to find a way to slow down Rice this Sunday, something they were unable to do all the way back in Week 3.