BATTLE PLANS: Ravens @ Broncos

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens @ Broncos
September 4, 2013, 9:00 am
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Singles, Doubles, and Triples

It was the long ball that sank Denver’s Super Bowl hopes and dreams nearly eight months ago. The Ravens still have the speed demons to drown the Broncos yet again. However, chances are defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio won’t use as much single-high coverage as he did a year ago—particularly with a gimpy Champ Bailey, who may not even play (game time decision). Expect the two-deep zone to be in play early and often to negate Baltimore’s vertical passing game.

The pressure will be on the Ravens’ new group of inside targets to make plays in the middle of the field to soften up the zone coverage. By hitting shorter inside routes early, the team may be able to expand their deep middle routes (posts and digs) to get the safeties to commit and create space downfield.

However, the Ravens will need to be precise and complete the shorter routes to establish more one-on-one opportunities for Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones.

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