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How the Washington Redskins can Attack the Ravens Defense

Steve Shoup

1. Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III Running Wild:

The Ravens have been highly susceptible to the run this year, including allowing two teams (Chiefs and Cowboys) to run for over 200 yards this year.  The Ravens are also 22nd worst in the league in rushing touchdowns allowed, compared to giving up the fewest passing touchdowns in the NFL. The Redskins need to have another game plan like Monday night versus the Giants were they ran about 60% of the time. Between Morris’s power and Griffin’s speed, the Washington Redskins should hopefully be able to churn out yards and move down the field. That also has the added benefit of keeping the Ravens offense off the field.

2. Utilize the Play Action Passing, Particularly the Zone Read Plays:

-The Ravens can be an aggressive defense, and could really bite on the play action fakes in this game. They are going to try to stop the run, so that could leave them exposed when the Washington Redskins go play action. The zone read fake could be highly effective, and should allow for some nice intermediate throws.

3. Work Outside the Numbers:

-The Redskins haven’t worked as much outside the numbers this year (with the exception of screens), but should find more success doing so against the Ravens secondary. The strength of the Ravens pass coverage right now is their safeties, as their corners are injured and not playing as well this year. Getting 1-on-1 match-ups with any of the Redskins relievers should be a win for the Redskins on the outside. Going inside you have to watch for safety help, particularly if the safeties are cheating up to defend the run.

4. Utilize the Quick Passing Game:

The Ravens have been getting some better pressure in recent weeks so quicker shorter passes, make the most sense for the Redskins. Even when using play-action, the Redskins should go quick instead of trying to go down the field, which could give the pass rush time to succeed.

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