Patriots vs Ravens: What to Watch For

1. Backup QB – Who will be the first Quarterback to play not named Tom Brady? Matt Cassel and Señor Gutierrez have to impress the Patriots staff early and often. Both need to minimize any mistakes.

2. Crable able? – Shawn Crable hasn’t had a very good pre-season and coaches and fans will be looking to see if he has been able to grasp the defense. Crable needs to be up to speed both physically and mentally.

3. Mayo(r) – Jerod Mayo has shown a depth of knowledge unseen in a rookie linebacker in Bill Belichick’s system. We’re hoping that translates to a game situation tonight and that he is able to grasp the speed of the NFL game.

4. Return game – Who starts off returning kicks? Will it be Matthew Slater, the mystery pick from UCLA who is getting rave reviews, or will it be a darkhorse like Chad Jackson or Terrence Wheatley? Expect all to get some looks tonight, but the first one to trot out there will be telling.

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