Baltimore Ravens defense: Projecting 3 standouts against the Bills

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Nov 8, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Baltimore Ravens strong safety Chuck Clark (36) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Chuck Clark

One of the things you have to remember about this game is that the secondary is a huge part of the story. Chuck Clark is the defensive back we’ve not talked much about this season. Marlon Humphrey is getting most of the attention. Marcus Peters gets a lot of notice. DeShon Elliott has made huge hits and has all eyes on him in his first season. Clark continues to shine.

Clark has 81 solo tackles, two forced fumbles, and three sacks this season. Those are high impact stats for the strong safety of a defense. Clark has been one of the best-tackling machines on the Ravens defense. When he needs to be an extra linebacker, that’s exactly what he is. When he needs to cover down the field, he does that also.

The Bills run a very smart offense. One reason it’s designed so well is that receivers get the ball in position to do something with it after the catch. The Ravens are going to try to prevent Josh Allen from making big plays down the field.

Testing Allen’s patience will lead to short and intermediate passes. Tackling shifty players like Devin Singletary, Stefon Diggs, and John Brown is going to be important. Depriving big plays isn’t just about stopping 50-yard strikes down the field. It is also about stopping receivers from picking up a huge gain after the catch. The Bills need big plays, Clark is an underrated weapon for the Ravens in preventing these big plays.

Clark had three games this season with 10 total tackles or more. I see him getting 10 or more against the Bills. I also see a forced fumble happening as well. While Humphrey gets all the attention for his “Fruit Punch” Clark is also good at dislodging the football. Clark will bring toughness to this playoff game.