Baltimore Ravens vs Oakland Raiders: What’s the Game Plan for Oakland?

September 19, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

What should the Oakland Raiders emphasize in the film room leading up to their Week 2 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens?
The simplest yet most complicated way to demolish an opponent lies within the trenches. First and foremost, the Raiders must put relentless pressure on quarterback Joe Flacco. How should defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. approach this plan of attack?
Attacking Joe Flacco
For starters, Norton must use a more aggressive attack. Last time out, the Raiders defense only blitzed three times, per Pro Football Focus. The end result didn’t create a chaotic situation for Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
In Week 2, Norton must take a few more chances with blitzes and trust his secondary to go one-on-one with the Ravens wide receivers.
Wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. is the only wide receiver capable of burning the defenders, as noted by Bleacher Report's Matt Miller:
The Raiders can afford to gamble on a man-...

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