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Ravens' Formula Should See Success Against Tampa Bay

December 14, 2018 - 6:23 am

By Joe Schiller

Since Lamar Jackson has taken over as the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, they’ve established a clear formula and it’s proved to be successful.

Run the football and control time of possession.

The Ravens are 3-1 in their last four games and currently sit in the 6th seed as the second and final Wild Card team in the AFC playoff picture. John Harbaugh announced on Wednesday that Jackson will be the starter in Sunday’s home matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and this is a game the Ravens should not only win but a game they should win following their formula. 

The Bucs enter Week 15 as the league’s top passing offense but have been atrocious on the defensive side of the ball. They rank 27th in total yards allowed per game (387.9), 27th in passing yards allowed per game (268.5) and most importantly, 20th in rushing yards allowed per game (119.4).

A collective effort of Jackson, Gus Edwards, Kenneth Dixon, and Ty Montgomery have led a ground-heavy offensive attack for the Ravens. It’s come at the perfect time on the schedule as Baltimore has faced some of the worst defenses in the NFL and Tampa Bay continues that trend.

Questions regarding the gameplan’s ability against the top NFL teams were answered last week when the Ravens narrowly lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime 27-24. The offense held the ball for more than 10 minutes in the fourth quarter and kept Patrick Mahomes and a lethal unit on the sidelines.

If one or two plays went the opposite way, the Ravens would have come away with an impressive victory over the AFC’s best team, by using an unconventional offensive method in a pass-happy league.

The current weather forecast calls for rain and a high of 49 degrees on Sunday. Facing a warm-weather team at home in December, a physical ground-and-pound game plan could take the Bucs out of this game early and keep the Ravens’ playoff hopes alive with just two regular season games to follow.