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Ravens vs. Broncos: 3 Key Matchups to Watch

September 21, 2018 - 5:06 pm
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By Joe Schiller

Phillip Lindsay vs. Kenny Young

Lindsay – an undrafted rookie from Colorado – has surprisingly emerged as one of the Broncos’ top offensive threats. He entered the week as the NFL’s third-leading rushing with 178 yards through two games.

At just 5’8”, Lindsay can hide behind blockers, much like what Ray Rice did for the Ravens. C.J. Mosley is listed as questionable but likely out, leaving rookie Kenny Young and Patrick Onwuasor as the starters. Young showed flashes and possesses quick open-field speed, but he’ll have to keep up with a very fast running back.

 

Tavon Young vs. Emmanuel Sanders

With Demaryius Thomas as the big-bodied receiver on the outside, Emmanuel Sanders could be slated for a big game in the slot. He’s caught at least 90 yards in both games this season, including a 135-yard performance Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Tavon Young was torched when lined up against A.J. Green in the first half last Thursday. Jimmy Smith serves the third game of a four-game suspension and Anthony Averett has been ruled out with a hamstring injury – leaving the Ravens with just four healthy cornerbacks. As the primary slot option for both sides, this will be a matchup to matchup.

 

Ravens’ Offensive Line vs. Broncos Pass Rush

An offensive line that struggled to keep Joe Flacco upright against the Bengals versus one of the best pass rush duos in the NFL. It’s no secret the Ravens are keyed in on Von Miller and Bradley Chubb and the duo will need constant attention throughout all four quarters.

There’s a legitimate concern for the Ravens and while Ronnie Stanley participated in full on Friday but did practice with a brace around his elbow during the week. The offensive line will need to put together their best cohesive performance to date not only to keep Flacco clean but to establish a run game with Alex Collins – something that’s been absent through the first two weeks.