Baltimore Ravens vs Miami Dolphins: Keys to Victory

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Dec 1, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) scrambles during the second half as New York Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace (97) chases him at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Focus on Defending the Short to Intermediate Routes

Unlike their last few opponents, the Ravens secondary is not facing a gunslinger in Ryan Tannehill.  While Tannehill is a very accurate passer (66.5% completion percentage this season), much of that success comes from the short to intermediate passing game.  Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor does this by design, playing to Tannehill’s strengths to keep the chains moving.

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This kind of passing game is seen as an extension of the running game, and it reduces turnovers as well.  The Dolphins have done a fantastic job of scheming this year.  Tannehill has only completed two passes over 35 yards this season, and his average completion only travels 6.64 yards (33rd among 39 qualifying quarterbacks).

It’s safe to say that the Ravens should mimic the Jets’ focus on shutting down the short passing game.  It’s the bread and butter of the Dolphins’ offense.  We already know that the Ravens’ 4th ranked run defense is up to the task of  shutting down the Dolphins’ 10th ranked rushing offense.