Patriots Vs. Ravens, AFC Championship 2012: New England Still Touchdown Favorite

The odds in the 2012 AFC Championship between the New England Patriots over the Baltimore Ravens favored the Patriots by a touchdown when they were originally released. Not much has changed since then.

According SB Nation's odds partner OddsShark, the line has dropped slightly, but remains fairly steady. OddsShark has the Pats favored by 7 points by just about everyone and one oddsmaker going as high as 9 points. Many of those oddsmakers had the Pats as a 7.5 favorite on Wednesday.

The Ravens beat the Patriots, and handily, when they last met in a playoff game in the 2010 Wild Card round: Baltimore went into Gillette Stadium and thumped New England, 33-14, in that game, and Ray Rice ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns as the Ravens rolled up 234 rushing yards to make up for Joe Flacco's utterly forgettable four-for-10 performance.

However, judging the Patriots one season with a team from the previous one has never been a smart idea, in either direction.

For updates and analysis on these teams leading up to the 2012 AFC Championship, visit Ravens blog Baltimore Beat Down, Patriots blog Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston. Don't forget to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for all your playoff news.

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