1) Draws and delays: When the Ravens faced
The play sets up well for the offense when it runs away from All-Pro Albert Haynesworth, who will make his return to the
On third down, expect to see the return of the draw to the
2) Pump fakes and double moves: Among the pass plays that the Ravens hit on against the Titans, on a consistent basis, was the curl and the hook routes. Those routes were completed underneath when the corners played off the line against the
In this game, there may be an opportunity for quarterback Joe Flacco to use the underneath routes to bait the corners to bite. Specifically, if pump fakes are implemented, and the corners are aggressive in trying to defend the comeback routes, there could be space for the receivers to run through over-the-top on the second stem of the double route.
3) Passes in the flat: The running backs have not had a big day operating out of the backfield as pass catchers in quite some time. Part of that inactivity has been due to the injury to Rice. With Rice out of the lineup, McGahee has had to take on more of a blocking role. The backs will have an active day as blockers to help pick up the ferocious
With the return of Rice to the lineup, the team should experiment with an assortment of two back combinations out of the shotgun set. McGahee and Rice could create matchup problems for the
1) Blitz the edges: The Baltimore defense was dominant against the
It may be a better idea for defensive coordinator Rex Ryan to flank the Titans from the perimeter. One of the clever designs that Ryan used was a weak side rush in which linebackers Terrell Suggs and Jameel McClain came from the same side. Employing these types of rushes may be the only way for
2) Defending multiple rush formations: Given the versatility of backs Chris Johnson and LenDale White, Tennessee can run an assortment of run plays, out of various formations. Johnson has the ability to operate out of a single back set, White can carry the ball out of power formations, and there will be times when both backs are on the field at the same time.
3) Man Coverage: The Baltimore corners normally play man-to-man coverage, but in this game in particular, playing a predominant man coverage scheme will be key. In order to bring heat against Collins, the front seven will need to be active on blitz packages, and as a consequence, the back end defenders will need to hold up in single coverage. The front four will be hard-pressed to get pressure without the support of extra rushers, so it will be up to the secondary to play well without help.