As dominant as the unbeaten Patriots have been, that's a staggering line given that the Ravens are at home and are less than a season removed from winning 13 games as well as a division title.
This game will probably turn out to be as lopsided as the oddsmakers predict, making the Adalius Thomas-Ray Lewis feud one of the few storylines that bears watching.
The former teammates engaged in a war of words that was triggered by comments Thomas made to Sports Illustrated in October.
In comparing his former team with his current one, Thomas, who signed with New England during the offseason, said the Patriots were a selfless group that put the team before individual glory.
He described the Ravens, to SI, as having a "star-studded system, starting with the head coach (Brian Billick)."
At least it was for the outspoken Lewis.
"When you take a shot at men that you claim to love to go to war with, I call those cowards," Lewis said on his radio show. "If you have something to say privately, you don't have to go to a newspaper. If you have something to say to a man, speak it."
Thomas said he is still upset about Lewis calling him a coward and will talk to him about it in private.
But, he added, the two have smoothed over their differences for the most part.
"That is done, over with," Thomas said last Wednesday. "I'll let you figure out if we spoke or not. I'm not going down that road because you guys are going to make it something that it's not."
Talking a big game
Bears defensive end Alex Brown said he didn't want to get Giants defensive ends Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora "riled up."
Brown, however, probably did just that when he said Chicago's defensive ends are better than the New York bookends that have combined for 18 sacks this season.
"I'm going to start by saying that I respect them so much because I believe they are very, very good," said Brown, whose team hosts the Giants today. "But I think we're better."
The Bears do have one of the better defensive ends in the NFL in Adewale Ogunleye.
He has nine sacks while Mark Anderson, who had 12 sacks as a rookie last season, has 4 1/2.
Brown had just 1 1/2 sacks this season but past success against the Giants may have prompted him to make his rather bold assertion regarding the teams' defensive ends.
Brown had 4 sacks in a game against the Giants in 2004 and two more when the teams met last season.
"I believe our offensive line will hold their own," he said of today's matchup, "and hopefully we can get after their quarterback a little bit."
Many happy returns?
Shaun Alexander is expected to play today when the Seattle Seahawks visit the Philadelphia Eagles.
The question, and one that would have been preposterous a couple of years ago, is this: how much will Alexander help the Seahawks' running game?
Alexander, who has missed the last three games with a sprained knee, has gone over the 100-yard rushing mark just twice this season. And Alexander hasn't accomplished that feat or scored a touchdown since September.
But after practicing consecutive days last week, Alexander said, "I'm like a kid in a candy store right now."
This season has been anything but a sweet one for the 2005 NFL MVP.
Alexander has rushed for just 492 yards and is averaging 3.3 yards per carry, which is a yard lower than his career average.
He had been playing with a cast on his left wrist (he sustained a crack in his wrist at the beginning of the season). But that has apparently been replaced by a heavy wrap, and Alexander said of the injury, "It's definitely something I can play with."
Speak up, dude
Here's hoping reporters ignore Arizona kicker Neil Rackers the next time he makes a game-winning field goal.
With the Cardinals' game against the 49ers tied last Sunday, Rackers missed a 32-yard field goal in overtime. Arizona ended up losing, and the defeat may prove devastating to their NFC West title hopes.
Following the game, Rackers said to reporters, "I got nothing (to say) dude."
After reporters complained to the NFL, Rackers spoke with them the next day.
Way to be a professional, Neil.
The Colts only have a one-game lead in the AFC South over the Jaguars, who visit Indianapolis today for a 1 p.m. contest. But history suggests they will be tough for Jacksonville to overtake in the division. Since the AFC South's inception, Indianapolis has gone 26-7 in division games and has led the division in 90 of the 97 weeks it has existed. ... Larry Fitzgerald is only in his fourth NFL season but the former Pitt star is already the Cardinals' leader in career touchdowns (30). ... The team that has done the best job of scoring touchdowns after it has moved inside its opponent's 20-yard line is New Orleans, not New England. The Saints have scored 26 touchdowns in the 35 times (74.3 percent) they have been in the red zone this season. The Patriots have scored touchdowns 72.2 percent of the time they have been in the red zone.