These are four players on the Baltimore Ravens that the Buffalo Bills coaching staff should be game-planning for this week.
The games won’t be getting any easier for the Buffalo Bills moving forward. After a nail-biting win over the Indianapolis Colts by the final score of 27-24, they welcome the Baltimore Ravens to Bills Stadium in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
Last year, the Ravens were one of the best teams in football finishing the year 14-2 and had the league MVP, Lamar Jackson, under center. However, they didn’t advance far in the playoffs after a loss to the Tennessee Titans at home in the divisional round.
This season they didn’t have the same success but they should not be taken lightly. They have a number of players on both sides of the ball that can take the game over starting with the same quarterback who won the MVP award last year.
The news this week was that Lamar Jackson said he has ‘zero’ experience playing in the snow, which was brought up because of the chance there could be snow in Buffalo on Saturday night. However, it is hard to imagine this being an issue for a player like Jackson who is more of a threat on the ground than through the air.
For the second straight season, the Ravens’ quarterback ran for over 1,000 rushing yards and the way the Ravens use their run game is what sets up the pass. Even though they don’t throw often, Jackson completes them at a high percentage because defenses are found looking into the backfield which creates bigger throwing lanes.
It is going to be important for this Buffalo Bills defense to limit Lamar Jackson’s ability to make plays with his legs and keep him in the pocket. While he completes passes at a high percentage, if the defense is able to force him to be more of a passer, that should work in their favor.