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Old 01-13-2012   #2
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Default Re: LZ: Breaking down Texans-Ravens

Thanks, Wolf.

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3. Don’t let Torrey Smith beat you for the big play - Johnathan Joseph is the Texans best cover corner and Anquan Boldin is the Ravens best receiver, but Boldin is also coming off of a minor knee surgery and hasn’t played football for three weeks and might be a little rusty. So should the Texans keep Joseph on Boldin or risk putting Kareem Jackson on the speedy Torrey Smith? Joe Flacco will take some shots down the field and Kareem isn’t fast enough to keep up with Smith so he will either have to play off of Smith or the Texans will have to roll safety help to that side. The only other option is trying to play Joseph on Smith like they did when they matched up Joseph against Pierre Garcon and his speed.
JJo needs to cover Smith the speedster. Then the two remaining "physically challenged" players should be pitted against each other. If either of the corners play 5-10 yards off, 1st downs will become plentiful.

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4. Be ready to play big boy football up the middle - The Ravens didn’t have Ben Grubbs the last time these two teams played and the Ravens LG is a very good run blocker. With the Ravens healthy on the offensive line and with Vonta Leach leading the way, Wade Phillips is going to have to manufacture ways to clog the middle as I don’t think he can just play base defense and expect for Shaun Cody to hold up against double teams. One of the things the Texans will do is slant J.J. Watt towards the nose in an effort to bolster their interior and I would also be interested to see if the Texans use some “A-gap” blitzes between the guard and center to dissuade the Ravens from running there.
As well as we did against the run with the Bengals, they certainly seemed to readily be able to pick up 3rd and short right up the middle on us. If we can't counteract this against the the Ravens, we'll be in for a very long and unhappy day.
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