Oakland Raiders: Ravens Gameplan
August 14, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook (89) drops a pass against Oakland Raiders cornerback T.J. Carrie (38) during the first quarter in a preseason NFL football game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Bump and Run
Behind that blitz, the Raiders need to be in bump-and-run coverage to disrupt the timing of short passes. That will give the Raiders pass rush time to get to the quarterback unlike last Sunday. Dalton got the ball out of his hands very quickly because Bengals receivers were open quickly.
That’s usually how it goes when you have your corners line up over a receiver and bail right before the snap. Last Sunday, Raiders corners were still in the middle of bailing while short passes were being completed. Playing that way, the Raiders didn’t have a single solitary sack on the day.
The ball was gone so fast, the Raiders only got one hit on Dalton and that was by Aldon Smith. So allowing the Ravens receivers a free release off the line of scrimmage won’t work out for the Raiders. The Broncos were in bump-and-run when they blitzed, helping to cause that 0-7 with two interceptions and a sack.
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