The Baltimore Ravens have a critical game against the Denver Broncos this Sunday. Here are three keys to the contest:
1. Having a game plan and being disciplined:
The Baltimore Ravens have to have a game plan to beat the Denver Broncos. Maybe it was because of the short week, or that it was against a divisional opponent, but the Ravens were not prepared for the Bengals. The Ravens have to be ready for everything the Broncos are going to throw their way. The NFL is about match-ups and preparing for those match-ups is half the battle.
We’ll get more into the game plan as we go through the week. The basic thing to know is that the Broncos have a great pass rush on defense and a great running game. The Broncos have Von Miller leading a strong group of pass rushers. Miller already has four of the Broncos seven sacks this season. The Ravens are either going to have to slow the pass rush down or have a strategy in place because of it.
On offense the Broncos have a great running game with Phillip Lindsay being a pleasant surprise. The rookie from Colorado has 178 rushing yards in the first two games. Case Keenum has provided solid quarterback play which makes players like Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders that much more dangerous. Courtland Sutton is a rookie that may be on his way to being the Broncos secret weapon.
In addition to game planning, discipline is going to be a key to the Ravens success. They have to stay disciplined, especially on defense. The Ravens defense has to fill the rushing lanes and play gap sound defense. They also have to avoid pass interference penalties against the Broncos big bodied wide receivers. The Ravens need to play as mistake free as they possibly can.