Patriots-Ravens: nothing like last January

If Lee Evans had better hands or Billy Cundiff a more accurate leg, the Baltimore Ravens might be NFL champions right now.

Both of them are gone as the Ravens entertain New England, the team they flopped against in the final minutes of last January's AFC title game. And the Ravens are trying not to put extra importance on tonight's meeting.

"It's always hard to think like that when you have a totally different makeup as a team," Ray Lewis said. "You don't hold onto nothing. Win, lose or draw, you let it go and you move on. We have a totally different outlook on what we're trying to do as a team. So, we are looking at this game as a totally different game."

They're hoping the outcome is different, and the Ravens (1-1) have been unbeatable recently after losses, winning 13 straight in such circumstances.

New England (1-1) is 27-3 after a defeat since 2003, but did fall twice in a row in 2011 before reeling off eight straight regular-season wins.

Atlanta (2-0) at San Diego (2-0)

Atlanta has dominated this series, winning seven of the eight meetings and outscoring San Diego 156-94. The Chargers are 0-5 at home versus the Falcons.

Matt Ryan is off to a great start, leading the NFL in passing rating (117.6), while Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones all have been reliable targets. Ryan hasn't been picked off, but the defense has five interceptions. It also has six sacks and Ryan has been put down just twice.

Philadelphia (2-0)at Arizona (2-0)

After handing New England its first home-opener loss at Gillette Stadium, Arizona should be confident. The Cardinals have built a formidable defense that seems to improve weekly, and that unit will be frothing for turnovers considering Philadelphia leads the NFL with nine, including six interceptions thrown by Michael Vick.

San Francisco (2-0)at Minnesota (1-1)

It's understandable why the 49ers are ranked atop the AP Pro32 power rankings. Following decisive victories over Green Bay and Detroit in which they showed more balance than any NFL team, the Niners seem primed for a second big year under Jim Harbaugh. Since he took over as coach, they are 7-2 away from Candlestick Park.

Running back Frank Gore has looked sharp — focused, fast and powerful — as the centerpiece of the offense. The defense simply is the most physical in football.

Randy Moss returns to where he was the NFL's most dangerous receiver in seven-plus seasons with the Vikings.

Houston (2-0) at Denver (1-1)

This one has the makings of a shootout thanks to the offensive weapons on both rosters. Yet it's more likely the defenses will determine the outcome.

There's no way Peyton Manning can afford the flood of early turnovers he and the Broncos committed in Atlanta and survive against Houston.

Pittsburgh (1-1) at Oakland (0-2)

If you recall when this was among the greatest NFL rivalries, you have a sharp and long memory. These clubs couldn't be further from the days of the Immaculate Reception.

Despite being severely undermanned, the Steelers aren't far from a 2-0 start.

Kansas City (0-2)at New Orleans (0-2)

The only matchup of winless teams — perhaps the two biggest flops of the early season.

Turmoil in the Big Easy is nothing new this year, what with the Saints' bounty scandal. Still, did anyone expect them to be 0-2, for Drew Brees to be six spots from the bottom of the passer rankings, or for New Orleans to have allowed 75 points in two games?

Cincinnati (1-1)at Washington (1-1)

The Redskins took two big hits to their defense when end Brian Orakpo and tackle Adam Carriker were lost for the season in a defeat at St. Louis. They also made some silly mistakes in that loss, especially receiver Josh Morgan's unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the final minutes for throwing the ball at an opponent.

Tampa Bay (1-1) at Dallas (1-1)

Dallas has won four straight and 12 of 15 in this lopsided series, and it makes its home debut with a bad taste from last week. A blowout loss at Seattle tempered much of the enthusiasm from the opening victory at the Giants. Plus, they are only 13-11 at Cowboys Stadium.

St. Louis (1-1) at Chicago (1-1)

Body language.

Both teams struggled with their reactions in games last week, with one big difference: St. Louis came back and won, while Jay Cutler and the Bears imploded at Green Bay.

Cutler is buried so deep in the passer rankings he is below four of the five rookie QBs and barely ahead of the other, Brandon Weeden. He also was sacked seven times by the Packers.

Detroit (1-1) at Tennessee (0-2)

The Titans overachieved at 9-7 last year but have not built off that moderate success. They rank last in rushing despite having Chris Johnson, who has a 1.1-yard average. The defense has been abysmal, with only Kansas City and New Orleans allowing more points.

N.Y. Jets (1-1) at Miami (1-1)

The loser here will have the inside track to last place in the AFC East because both have difficult schedules immediately ahead.

New York can't survive too long without All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis (concussion) or tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring). And no, Rex Ryan isn't thinking about putting Tim Tebow at one of those positions — at least we don't think he is.

Buffalo (1-1) at Cleveland (0-2)

The Browns have pushed two early playoff favorites, Philadelphia and Cincinnati, to the limit despite their young cast. They certainly should be encouraged by the work of first-round draftees Trent Richardson and Weeden in last week's loss to the Bengals, when Cleveland kept coming back before falling short.

Jacksonville (0-2)at Indianapolis (1-1)

One thing the Colts displayed last week in beating Minnesota was poise. For a young team in the midst of a rebuilding project, that's encouraging.

Jacksonville didn't build off its strong opening effort at the Vikings and was routed by Houston.

Green Bay (1-1) at Seattle (1-1)

Monday night

Green Bay has won six of the last seven meetings, including two in the playoffs. In their last game on Sept. 13, they pummeled the Bears, with Clay Matthews getting 3 1/2 sacks; he already has six for the season to lead the league.

The offense sputtered in the opener against San Francisco, but was back on track against Chicago.

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