1. Return of the jump ball
Against the giant Seattle cornerbacks, the Baltimore receivers were mostly ineffective. The same high-traffic catches that receivers Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith have made all year along the sidelines weren’t in play.
There should be better chances for these two pass catchers to operate against veteran cornerbacks Nate Clements and Kelly Jennings. If the Bengals use more man coverage on the outside – which defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has been known to do against Baltimore — Boldin and Smith will have the height and overall size advantage to go up for the football.
Quarterback Joe Flacco should be able to put the ball up and trust his receivers to snare it.
- Jump the underneath routes
- Pre-snap movement