Battle Plans: Ravens vs. Chargers
1. Misdirection running game
Over the past four games, the Ravens have built the type of complete ground attack that the front office wanted to see on the field since the offseason. Specifically, the Ravens have dialed up a running game that goes inside and outside, off an assortment of run designs.
The Chargers rank eighth in overall defense but they are only 23rd against the run and haven’t proven that they can maintain their gap integrity.
The Ravens movement, especially with the fullback and interior lineman leading the way, should prove a challenge to deal with. In this game, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron should use as much misdirection movement as possible – whether that means having Vonta Leach pull to the opposite side of Ray Rice, or using more fake dive, pitch plays – to generate a few big plays on the ground.
2. Pick on Cason
The San Diego corners play aggressively and are usually given the responsibility of playing man coverage. At times they have held up, but at other times they’ve been beaten badly.
The person who has been picked on the most has been cornerback Antoine Cason. The former first round pick tends to take chances in coverage, and as a result, he can be burned on certain routes.
Cason should be Joe Flacco’s focus on Sunday night. Wherever he lines up, Flacco should air it out.
3. Downfield attack
1. Five-man rush