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Greg Bedard With Toucher & Rich: “Patriots By Seven”

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Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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This Sunday the Patriots battle the Ravens for the AFC Championship and a trip to the Super Bowl. Greg Bedard spoke with Toucher & Rich about who he thinks will be headed to Indianapolis and Aaron Hernandez as a running back.

“I’m picking the Patriots by seven because to me it comes down to a couple things. It’s going to come down to whoever converts better in the red zone and while the Ravens are number one defensively as far as not allowing touchdowns, I think the Patriots are pretty darn good.”

Last Saturday against the Denver Broncos the Patriots used tight end Aaron Hernandez as a running back.

“I don’t know if you’re going to see him as a running back carrying the ball, maybe once or twice. Certainly not what we saw last week because if he had a concussion last week against a Broncos team that couldn’t really tackle or pressure the quarterback or do pretty much anything at all defensively I wouldn’t want him running across the middle or around the end with Ray Lewis barring down on him.”

When the Pats run the ball they go with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Stevan Ridley and in last week’s game Ridley had a fumble. Does this mean that the Patriots will rely on Green-Ellis against the Ravens on Sunday while Ridley rides the bench?

“It could very well mean that he sits the bench. I think he does get his carries cut, but personally to me it wouldn’t be Green-Ellis it would be Woodhead who would see his role increased.”

Plus, no matter what he writes about the Patriots how much hate mail does he get?

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