4. L.J. Fort
We talked about outside contain, but we’re not done talking about run defense. The Titans are not going to willingly go away from their rushing attack. L.J. Fort has to be a headhunter in this game. He has to be read his keys and get to the football. When Fort has played his best football it has greatly behooved the Ravens. He was a play-making linebacker against the Seattle Seahawks and he was all over the field against the Bengals.
The linebackers have to be aggressive in this game and the Titans could take advantage of that. Fort needs to be ready for the play-action pass. Fort has to be able to see the game as it unfolds instantly. He needs to be a leader for the defense in this game. The best way to be a leader is to be ferocious in his tackles against Henry. Fort has to wear down a running back who has the tendency to wear down defenses. Fort, Josh Bynes and Patrick Onwuasor all have to step up in this game. The linebacker play has to be at it’s best. It’s the only way to win this game.
Fort’s play this season got him a contract extension with the Ravens, which isn’t bad for a player who joined the team after a few games had already been played. Fort may have gotten his deal already, but against an offensive line good at getting to the second level, and a running back who can take over a game, is when he can truly earn that money.