Battle Plans KEYS TO GAME V. BROWNS

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STAFF PREDICTIONS FOR WEEK 17

       

WEEK 17


Quaz


Rick Johnson


Tommy Constantini

Broncos @ Chargers

Giants @ Raiders

Cards @ Colts

Ravens @ Browns

Bills @ Jets

Panthers @ Falcons

Bengals @ Chiefs

Lions @ Steelers

Dolphins @ Pats

Saints @ Bucs

Seahawks @ Packers

Texans @ 49ers

Titans @ Jags

Bears @ Vikings

Redskins @ Eagles

Rams @ Cowboys

Weekly Record

8-8

10-6

10-6

Seasonal Record

168-88

57-17

155-101

2004 Final Record

149-91

N/A

137-103

WEEK 17


Bill Pisano


TL


Lucky Lund

Broncos @ Chargers

Giants @ Raiders

Cards @ Colts

Ravens @ Browns

Bills @ Jets

Panthers @ Falcons

Bengals @ Chiefs

Lions @ Steelers

Dolphins @ Pats

Saints @ Bucs

Seahawks @ Packers

Texans @ 49ers

Titans @ Jags

Bears @ Vikings

Redskins @ Eagles

Rams @ Cowboys

Weekly Record

10-6

12-4

9-7

Seasonal Record

168-88

180-76

165-91

2004 Final Record

144-82

145-95

158-92


WEEK 17


The Chief


Kurt Backert


Dev Panchwagh

Broncos @ Chargers

Giants @ Raiders

Cards @ Colts

Ravens @ Browns

Bills @ Jets

Panthers @ Falcons

Bengals @ Chiefs

Lions @ Steelers

Dolphins @ Pats

Saints @ Bucs

Seahawks @ Packers

Texans @ 49ers

Titans @ Jags

Bears @ Vikings

Redskins @ Eagles

Rams @ Cowboys

Weekly Record

10-6

10-6

10-6

Seasonal Record

174-82

184-72

167-89

2004 Final Record

155-85

150-90

140-84


 

Offensive Keys:

1.) Gadgets and tricks: Under Romeo Crennel, the Browns run an attacking, blitz scheme out of the 3-4 alignment. While the Browns will make some plays in the backfield, they will also miss tackles by over pursuing and shooting into the wrong gaps. The Ravens should take advantage of the Browns’ aggressiveness by using reverses and change of direction plays to slow down Browns defenders or to get them to chase the wrong play on the wrong side of the field.

 

2.) Play-action on first down: Despite the running game being ineffective, it is still respected enough for defenses to bite on play-action fakes. In fact, much of the Ravens success in the passing game over the last two games has come off of play-action fakes. The line and Boller have done a nice job of selling the play fake. The Ravens would tend to have more success establishing the play-action passing game on first-down, which is a predominant running down.

 

Defensive Keys:

 

1.) Stuffing Droughns: The key to stopping Cleveland’s offense is force the Browns to use a one-dimensional offensive attack. Reuben Droughns has been a surprise for the Browns and without his rushing ability to lean on, Cleveland’s offense would be in more disarray than it currently is in. Droughns is a tough runner with deceptive speed. The Ravens must limit his yards gained on first and second down, forcing the Browns to pass the ball in third-and-long conversion situations.

 

2.) Confusing Frye: Charlie Frye may turn into a capable quarterback for the Browns, but as of now he has his work cut out for him. Aside from a sloppy first-half against Minnesota, the Ravens have been playing well on defense over the last three games. Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan will use different formations and packages to blur Frye’s presnap read.

 

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Dev Panchwagh is a versatile analyst who breaks down the Xs and Os of the game and has been a columnist/analyst for Ravens24x7.com since the summer of 2004. In his regular season column Battle Plans, Dev highlights the Ravens' keys to success against each upcoming opponent. Dev started modestly as a sports journalist, but his contributions to sports talk radio were noticed, leading to duties as a regular columnist for the Scouts.com network before joining RSR.  It would be very difficult to find his rare combination of youthfulness, knowledge and insight in all facets of football anywhere else.  Fortunately, Dev brings it here each and every week.  More from Dev Panchwagh

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