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The Ravens: Match-ups and Concerns


Revis and the Ravens' No Huddle -- I've said it before, the Ravens didn't break out their new no-huddle offense in the 3rd pre-season game (where the starters play for an extended amount of time) unless they intend on using it early and often in the beginning of the season.  Revis has missed all of training camp and may not be 100% football ready.  If there ever is a time when he is vulnerable, now is that time.  The Ravens going no-huddle will exacerbate that problem. 

Potential Solution -- Use Revis on Boldin and Mason interchangeably, instead of assigning him to Boldin exclusively.  This may relieve a little bit of the pressure on him and might even cause a little confusion for Flacco.  But the no-huddle is definitely a cause for concern.

 

Ngata & Suggs vs. Brick & Slausson -- This can be problematic.  Brick is built to handle speed rushers and I have confidence that he could take on Suggs in a one-on-one match-up.  However, whats concerning is if they overload blitz and create a one-on-one match-up with Ngata on either Brick/Slauson and Suggs on a running back. 

Potential Solution -- go double tight ends with Keller and Cumberland, with one/both of them in the slot on that side (i.e. the left side), and make Suggs drop into coverage.  With Edwards split wide to that side, along with their poor corner play, the safety is likely going to stay back to protect against the deep ball.  We should try to force Suggs to cover one of our speedy TEs in the open field and then we can double Ngata inside.

 

Our Running Offense vs Their Running Defense -- this is the classic unstoppable force vs the immovable object match-up and this is likely what will decide the game.  If we can get our running game going against their very stout front (5th vs the run last year) we should win.  Sanchez would be working with favorable down and distances and should be able to attack their weakness, their corners.  But if they keep us in 2nd and 3rd & longs for most of the game, Sanchez will struggle even against crappy corners.

Potential Solution -- Go unbalanced right with Cumberland and Keller in the slot to the left, covered by Braylon on the outside.  Harstock would be the TE to the right.  With three TEs its a heavy run formation but two of the three TEs are much to fast for LBs in coverage.  This should shift their safeties left, one dropping down in coverage on one of the slot TEs, the other playing deep help coverage.  Or they can put LBs out on our TEs in the slot; but I'm thinking that would be unlikely because our TEs are too speedy and it severley weakens their ability to stop the run.   But even with their shifting of their safeties, they should be prevented from cheating one of them into the box.  Then, with Greene in a single-back set, we should run counter-plays to the right and bang it up the middle.  We should be able to wash out their interior backers and get a pulling guard on the outside backer.  This leaves a CB one-on-one with Greene to stop him from getting to the end zone if all goes well up front.  Can also counter and pull to the left with the same effect.  But it would be best to hit a couple passes on Suggs first to soften him up a bit.

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