The Baltimore Ravens are playing absolute dominant football lately winning their past 6 games including a 41-7 rout of the Houston Texans last Sunday. The Rams are a good defensive team, but the Ravens already proved they can thrive on offense against great defenses in a victory over the Patriots. Here are 5 keys to keep the momentum going on Monday night.
Jared Goff is currently tied for 4th in the NFL with 10 interceptions, and the Rams, as a team, have turned the ball over 18 times this season. As a result, they have a turnover margin of -3, despite their elite defense.
The Ravens have excelled at creating turnovers lately and are up to 9th in the NFL in takeaways. The acquisition of Marcus Peters has played a large role in this. Peters is tied for 3rd in the league in interceptions with 4 and has 2 pick-sixes with Baltimore.
They will need to capitalize on the Rams mistakes and force turnovers whenever they can.
Contain Aaron Donald
Aaron Donald is without a doubt the best defensive player in the league after recording 20.5 sacks last season. He is the definition of a game-wrecker as he consistently pressures the quarterback and stop the run. PFF rates Donald's run defense and pass rush as “elite” with both ratings over 90.
Marshall Yanda and Matt Skura will likely see Donald the most, but Wade Phillips likes to move him around throughout the game. The Ravens offensive line has to figure out a way to slow down the reigning NFC Player of the Week on Monday night.
Bring the pressure up the middle
The Rams offensive line has played significantly worse than they did last season. Andrew Whitworth is having a disappointing season, but he is still a solid starter. Recent trade acquisition Austin Corbett has been serviceable. However, center Austin Blythe is playing very poorly. To be fair, he did step up and have a nice game last week, but on the season, he has a pass blocking grade of 48.7. Rookie David Edwards is also starting next to him at right guard and has a pass blocking grade of only 42.1.
Don Martindale should blitz the middle of the offensive line and take advantage of the mismatches. The Ravens defense has been on fire lately as they are coming off a 7 sack performance against the Texans. Judon and Onwuasor could be in store for big games Monday night.
Stay creative on offense
When you have Lamar Jackson as your quarterback, nothing in your playbook is off-limits. The coaching staff has done a good job of utilizing his versatility with creative playcalls. Against the Bengals, they even ran a triple option with both Jackson and RG3.
Jackson, Brown, Ingram, and Edwards all can beat you with their speed. Additionally, they obviously have three talented tight ends. Sure, the Rams defense is talented, but the Ravens should be able to keep them guessing all game long. Speaking of those tight ends...
Target the tight ends
Jalen Ramsey is one of the best cornerbacks in the league, and he embraces covering opponent's number one wide receivers. However, tight end Mark Andrews has been Jackson's go-to guy this season. Additionally, fellow tight ends Hayden Hurst and Nick Boyle have been regularly involved in the passing game. In fact, 111 out of the team's 235 receiving yards last week were from the tight ends.
If the Ravens stick to that pattern, Ramsey's impact on the game will be significantly reduced.