Re: NE just a bad matchup?
YES. A bad matchup for us.... especially without Cushing, and multiplied when in your house.
Our strengths match up with your strengths.... i.e. Watt vs your O-line and Bradys quick decision making/release. And our running game vs your run D (Vince Wilfork). Compounded by the fact that our offense is predicated off the running game, and the fact that we play far better with a lead.
Conversley your strengths matchup vs our weaknesses. Your passing game vs. wide open middle of the D (ILBs shredded).... and your passing game vs. our man coverage defense which is exposed when we cannot get to the QB. Our sacks were down this year without legit ILBs to confuse blitz packages and coverages.
Good luck vs. the Ravens. You wont need it. But as it has been said... the 49ers may be a bad matchup for you.