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What are our offensive and defensive game plans to beat Baltimore?

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On Defense

 

Gap integrity

Tackle well

Don't over commit to the run to not leave you vulnerable against the pass and play action.

 

If they get some drives where they run on you, then so be it, but don't sell out and give up the long passes.

 

 

On Offense

 

Keep doing what you have been doing with the no huddle

Establish the run

 

 

We can with this game.

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3 minutes ago, KD in CA said:

 

You mean like for a big meal?  Maybe pasta or something that will make him feel sluggish during the game?

 

I'm going to take his mother, Dorthy Jackson, out for a nice seafood dinner and never call her again!

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From Greg Roman's presser this week, he said L Jackson has made huge improvements of his game for year 1 to year 2.   He did stress how much work they have done in practicing their ball handling and that it is one of the areas LJ and the team has improved.   He also talked about the importance of motion in their offense to create confusion.   Between motion, ball fakes, and mis-direction that slight indecision created in opposing Defense, the Ravens have been deadly. 

 

I watched video of their games against the Rams and the Texans.    Anytime the Rams sent an extra rusher the Baltimore took advantage.    The Texans actually did a very good job with 4 pass rushers staying in their lanes and LBs also in good position on most plays.   The thing is that Jackson beat them for big plays anyway just with his athleticism, forcing missed tackles, running away from guys, and hitting some big pass plays in tight windows.    They put over 40 against a team that seemed to have a good defensive game plan.  

 

I believe the Bills best bet is to play a nickel D with Siran Neal or T. Johnson to to cover TEs and 4 man rush for the most part with a very selective blitz package.  Play disciplined D run to the ball and do their best to avoid big plays and make the Ravens go on long drives.   They will make some plays.  Hope for some classic WNY winter weather to make the ball fakes difficult and maybe they will put a couple on ground. 

 

On D, Baltimore has excellent corners and has tight coverage.   They did a very good job against talented receiver groups for the Rams and Texans.   And their pass rush is good.   They've jumped out to big leads which has helped the past rush.   The Bills will need to stick with the run including J. Allen.    Will be interesting to see how SF runs against them.

 

That game will be a huge challenge.  Definitely the best offense the Bills have faced this year, and a well coached opportunistic D.

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I'd say looking at the raven LB's, besides judon, those bunch are the weakest part of the D

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After the cowboys game I am not worried about Baltimore and that little runt they have playing quarterback.

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Maybe put Hyde in as a spy and make Jackson throw.. I would blitz every play u keep Hyde back and spy the others. Don't show anything to Lamar presnap and let the Bills offense go to work..

Dallas put them boys on the map, but beating the Ravens will make them serious contenders.

Go Bills

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1 hour ago, BringBackOrton said:

I think if we blitz as much as we have these last couple weeks, Lamar may rush for 200 yards. Lanes that Dak, Baker, and Allen couldn’t or wouldn’t use would be easy pickings for LJ and when you send 5 or 6, you generally don’t have a bunch of guys ready to make a play within 5 yards of the LOS.

 

I think we drop 7 consistently with Edmunds as a spy and make Lamar beat us with time. Stop Ingram on first down and get him in 2nd and 3rd and longs.

Interesting article on this.  You don't blitz Lamar Jackson often and you don't key on his runs.  You flood the field with DBS/Speed guys.  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/theres-a-blueprint-for-stopping-lamar-jackson-but-teams-arent-using-it/

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Actually, I think the Bills are matched up better than most people here are saying. They're establishing a ball-control identity on offense, with Singletary and Gore running nicely and Allen excellent on third down. So you control the TOP, keeping Jackson off the field with the no-huddle limiting their substitutions and bleeding the clock. On defense, you do what the Bills have been doing: make him go the length of the field, allowing no big gains. We have an excellent secondary, create decent pressure with a four-man rush, and our linebackers are fast enough to limit his runs. So like Prescott, he goes up and down the field but doesn't score too much. I don't think the Ravens will be fired up for this game, not after the 49ers game his week. They'll be on the road in a loud stadium against a rested team and coaches who had extra time to prepare for him. Put it all together, and I see both teams scoring points but not scads. A 24-27 type game, if the weather is ok. I give it to the Bills because they have more heart. Plus, I get a sense that their offense has peaked, and teams--maybe us and the 49-ers--are going to figure them  out, whereas Allen and our offense is just now coming into its own. 

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54 minutes ago, Tcali said:

blitzing consistently =disaster

jackson is even a better runner than JA.

gotta contain and hope jackson is slightly off his game.

 

JA has to be at least as good as he has been the past 3 weeks.

Balt may be the only team in the nfl that we have no chance against.

You're right about containing Jackson, and forcing him to throw. But that isn't a bad thing against our defense.  Remember our D excels against the pass. We can lean on our secondary to stop the pass. The #1 objective is closing rushing lanes and keeping Lamar bottled up. Also have to be prepared for the option plays they run. Don't be fooled by the misdirection run plays like we were killed on against the Eagles. Don't get me wrong. This team is dangerous. No one is running the ball better. That has to be shut down first.

 

Lamar can still hurt teams passing, but his chances diminish against our secondary.

 

On offense, I'd like to see them keeping the best players on the field. All of the swapping of players and trickery are just asking for false start penalties and such. Let Josh mix in hurry up and continue with the 400+ yard offensive production we have been seeing the past few weeks. Baltimore is best at stopping the run so perhaps the passing percentage should tick up a bit. Nothing too extreme. Still have to run so we give the defense some variety to think about. We want to draw the Ravens into thinking it's going to be a run to help out the passing game. They are vulnerable against the pass. This could finally be Josh's big 300yd game.

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21 minutes ago, kota said:

Make Lamar throw that is all.

This and plenty of Singletary and Cole on offense 

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On defense:

 

Kill Lamar.

 

On offense:

 

Score more points than them.

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If the Bills play three linebackers, they will lose.

 

This isn't the game for Alexander.

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I think on Defense we need to commit to to stopping the run and to covering the slants i think they had 4 tds on slants last Monday we need huge daya from Hyde & Poyer along with the LBs

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I think they’ll run a ton of zone defense. Most teams in the league run more man, and they carved up New England’s vaunted defense which prides itself on DB’s who can cover in man.

 

 I could see them having Poyer move up and spy on Jackson.

 

Baltimore runs a lot of 3TE sets and bigger packages. Milano and Hyde and cover those TE’s Tre should be glued to M. Brown most likely, Milano glued onto the TE Andrews, who leads them in catches. 

 

On offense i believe well see a decent dose dose of Singletary and Allen running the ball. Some RPO’s and stuff like that. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a trick play thrown in somewhere in the first half to catch the defense off guard. 

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2 hours ago, HappyDays said:

I'm not too worried about our offense in this game. It took some time but we found our identity and we have enough talent to create a mismatch somewhere on the field. Feed the ball to Singletary and let Allen do what he does. We'll put up points.

 

The defense on the other hand I am terrified for. We are built to stop the pass and that won't help in this game. I think we just have to clog the middle of the field and force Jackson to throw to the sidelines. Edmunds is athletic enough to keep him in check as a spy. Just don't let Ingram run all over us and don't give any free space in the middle. That's our only hope of stopping them.

 

McDermott and Frazier have done a really good job of game planning against QBs so I expect them to limit Jackson more than most.

 

This.

 

In particular our defense has really struggled with offenses that have used 2 running backs in the back field. With Lamar back there you essentially have two very good running backs, with the added twist that Lamar throws a good ball on the move when he breaks contain and the defense peals off their coverage assignments to come up to make a stop on him. Not only on very open receivers, but I have seen some nice 50/50 touch throws to well-covered receivers that he has delivered on the move.

 

Our defense is not really well suited to stop this and I don't think it is personnel, I think it is our scheme. We do not deviate very much from who we are and what we do well. That being said McD has shown some willingness to blitz far more than he has done in the past so we will see. For this game we would have to play a bit out of character - run-heavy teams have been a problem for us and we are going to get a healthy dose of this.

 

I would say that we lock up playing man defense down-field and go after Jackson and Ingram with our front and LBs, but I am pretty sure Belichick tried that and was schooled - that does not happen often as we all know.

 

Gang tackling Jackson and Ingram will be paramount. Like Allen that is easier said than done. Plenty of teams go up against us saying, "we just need to keep Allen in the pocket and then we can get him down on the ground". Then they watch in disbelief as he breaks tackles and contain and does exactly what they were trying to stop. Jackson and Ingram are those kinds of players too.  

 

Our best defense will be sustained, effective offense. Our only real chance is if we can keep their offense on the sideline and delivery long sustained drives that end in TD's. Hausch money has been anything but, and we cannot afford to trade field goals for their TD's. 

 

Make no mistake, this is a very confident team that has been performing at a pretty consistent high-level for longer than our Bills have. I think we are going in the right direction, but I think they have had a bit more runway in regards to fine-tuning their offensive identity and getting the most out of their skill positions. Not conceding anything, just keeping it real and know that the Bills have much bigger test against this team than they had against Dallas. 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Mrbojanglezs said:

They should probably try to run some 5-2 defense. With 5 lineman 2 linebackers and 4 dbs

That's basically what the Bills have when they are in their base defense with Zo at strong side LB.  The teams that have contained Jackson have kept outside containment, collapsed the pocket up the middle, played a match up zone with a spy positioned in the low center zone.  The Ravens use a double team block at the point of attack on almost every running play.  It's important for the d-line to play low with leverage so as not to be pushed out of their gap by the double team and split the double team, if possible.  This forces the runner to go to either side of the double team where the pursuit can make the stop.  Ingram isn't as effective when he is forced to make a move at the line of scrimmage.  Bills probably hope to force Jackson to throw to beat them, especially if the weather isn't great.

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If I'm the Ravens, I run Ingram the vast majority of the game.

 

Our run defense still scares the crap outta me and Ingram is the exact type of RB we're terrible against.

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2 words.  Delayed blitz.  Show that we are dropping 7 into coverage and then bring LBs and DBs late as it will be better timing to get to him when he decides to take off.  

 

Saw it work a few times when they played Cleveland.  

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3 hours ago, KD in CA said:

 

You mean like for a big meal?  Maybe pasta or something that will make him feel sluggish during the game?

 

We need to find that skank that gave Darnold mono, and then introduce her to Lamar.

 

EDIT: aww shucks....the incubation period for mono is 4-7 weeks.

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22 minutes ago, transplantbillsfan said:

 

Who are our speed guys on defense?

Well you dont put alexander out there this week on specific downs and go with 5 or 6 DBs and neal being one of them as he is a bigger Safety. 

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