3 matchups the Baltimore Ravens must dominate the Detroit Lions to avoid an upset

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2. The Baltimore Ravens need to lean on Mark Andrews against the Detroit Lions

If the Detroit Lions have one issue at linebacker, it is that their players are all more suited to play against the run than the pass. Alex Anzalone has the speed but can get beat by bigger targets. He is third amongst linebackers in targets against him. Jack Campbell is a rookie who teams seem to attack once he hits the field.

Derrick Barnes is an edge who moved off of the football, but he is more of a run defender than anything. Overall, this is a group that can be taken advantage of. The Lions rank second in most yards allowed to the tight end position this season. What makes it worse is that they have not faced a gauntlet. They have allowed big catches to Ian Thomas, Hayden Hurst, Josiah Deguara, Kyle Pitts, Jonnu Smith, Noah Fant, Colby Parkinson, Will Dissly, and Noah Gray. None of them torched the Lions, but they all had enough plays.

It is notable to see how Seatle attacked them. That was their only loss. Noah Fant had 56 yards, Colby Parkinson had 41 yards, and Will Dissly had 35 yards. They all averaged over 11 yards per catch. The depth of the tight end was hurting these linebackers.

When you look at Fant, Parkinson, and Dissly, and then look at Mark Andrews, Isaiah Likely, and Charlie Kolar, it is pretty clear what the Ravens need to do in this game. Likely should play more than the wide receivers, and we should see some Kolar this Sunday. More than anything, Mark Andrews needs to be targeted the most often.