Nomar... I dont remember it that way. I recalled the Patriots being a 7.5 point favorite. Maybe you meant against the spread. Because I didnt remember ANYONE picking the Ravens. Here's what I found when I googled it....
AFC title game predictions
Here's what they're saying around the country, with the Patriots an overwhelming favorite to head back to the Super Bowl.
Cold, Hard Football Facts: Patriots 26, Ravens 23. The Patriots will win. But given Baltimore's obvious advantages in the trenches, and it's better defense, expect a game closer than the one that the Pigskin Public is anticipating.
ESPN.com staff: Seven out of eight pick the Patriots.
CBS Sports staff: Patriots across the board.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Patriots 31, Ravens 21. The Ravens went into Foxboro and beat the Patriots in the playoffs two years ago, dominating from start to finish. But these are much different teams. Even so, that has to help Baltimore's confidence. The Ravens lost 23-20 in overtime to the Patriots last season in Foxboro. Tom Brady is coming off a six-touchdown game. He looked as comfortable as he has looked all season in carving up Denver. But this Ravens defense is much better. The Baltimore secondary will have to try and take away Rob Gronkowski and force Brady to go elsewhere. He doesn't have a deep threat, which will help make that easier to do. New England's defense has really struggled this season, but played well against Denver. That's because Denver is a run-first team. The Ravens can't be that here. Even though Ray Rice is key, they have to make some plays down the field, and they will. Joe Flacco will have some shots and hit a few. But he won't be able to keep up with Brady. The Ravens won't be able to hit him enough and Brady will make them pay. Patriots take it and move on to the Super Bowl.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Patriots 24, Ravens 23. No offense to Flacco, but Brady looks like a man on a mission. He played brilliantly against the Broncos with six touchdown passes. And he will get his team a step closer to accomplishing it.