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Ravens vs. Patriots, 2015 NFL playoffs: Betting odds, spread, preview and prediction

For the fourth time in the last six years, Baltimore visits New England in the postseason this Saturday.

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The Baltimore Ravens are 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS in their last three postseason games against the New England Patriots. All three of those games were on the road and this one will be as well as Baltimore visits New England at 4:25 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

Baltimore opened as a 7-point road underdog according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. With the Patriots playing well on both sides of the ball and taking their game to another level at home, New England should be able to win and cover as a 7-point favorite.

OddsShark Computer Prediction: New England 36.2, Baltimore 26.9

After missing the playoffs last season, the Ravens picked up from where they left off from their Super Bowl run two seasons ago, improving to 5-0 SU and ATS over their last five postseason games with a 30-17 road win over Pittsburgh. Joe Flacco threw 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions in Baltimore's 2012 Super Bowl run and looked sharp against Pittsburgh with 259 passing yards and two touchdowns with no picks. The Ravens are 3-8 SU and 4-6-1 ATS in their last 11 games against New England.

The Patriots locked up the top seed in the AFC with a Week 16 win over the New York Jets, completing a 10-1 SU and 8-3 ATS run before resting their starters in a 17-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 17. In their previous four games at home, the Patriots were 4-0 SU and ATS with an average margin of victory of 25.8 points per game. Overall, New England is 16-1 SU and 12-5 ATS in its last 17 home games according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

Saturday's total is set at 47.5 points at the sportsbooks. The UNDER is 2-0 in the last two playoff meetings between these two teams and 6-1 in Baltimore's last seven games against AFC East opponents.

Recent playoff history between these two teams suggests that this will be a close game, and that is certainly possible. But Baltimore's defense isn't as strong as it was in 2012, and New England's offense should be able to put up enough points to earn a convincing victory at home.