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Divisional Round Playoff: Ravens @ BILLS GAME THREAD 2021/01/16


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Kay’s Keys to the Game:


1. When the Bills are on offense, I would overstress Baltimore’s blitz-heavy man coverage defense with 4-WR sets. Deep passes to John Brown early in the game would be nice. I want to see him do that famous TD dance against his former team! Allen RPO trickery, McKenzie gadget plays, and various misdirection plays and unique formations involving the RB’s will probably be necessary to force the Baltimore defenders to think more and react less. Singletary, Yeldon, Knox, and Lee Smith all need to block well and need to make themselves available for quick emergency dump-off passes.


2. When the Bills are on defense, I recommend not bothering with an exclusive Jackson spy since no player can match up with his athleticism anyway. Milano, Poyer, Edmunds, and Taron Johnson should be focused on the TE’s, RB screens, and general gap integrity. Depending on how the run defense holds up, Taron Johnson may have to be rotated out often for Marlowe, Klein, or a third DT. Dare Lamar Jackson to throw far and wide as much as possible. He’s no veteran like Rivers, so confuse him with exotic coverage schemes and disguised blitzes. Encourage Trent Murphy to be the Shaq Lawson of 2020!


This should be an amazing game! The two hottest teams in the league. Allen versus Jackson. Daboll versus Roman. Wind and snow as potentially major factors. Oh boy…I doubt I’ll be able to eat much today. Too many butterflies are flapping around in my stomach. But where else would I rather be than…well, you all know the quote!


Random Bills history fun fact: after tonight’s divisional playoff game, the Bills franchise will have played every AFC team at least once in the playoffs.


NFL history not-as-fun fact: the Ravens franchise is the best in the league at road playoff games (11-6 lifetime record, 0.647 winning percentage). Hmmm…strong defenses and solid running games travel well, apparently.


Bills/Ravens rivalry history: the Bills have lost 3 in a row to the Ravens, dating back to the season opener in 2016 which was supposed to have been Tyrod Taylor’s revenge game against his former team. The 2018 season opener was Josh Allen’s first NFL game and one of several infamous ones involving Nathan Peterman. Last year’s 24-17 loss in week 14 was notable for providing the Titans with the zone defense blueprint that they later used to stop Lamar Jackson during the wild-card playoff game.

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4 hours ago, Koko said:


Now THAT'S how you hype a &#%$ing game!

“Fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… this phucking game!

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I have to say, I'm very nervous now. 

The game starts at 8:15 PM and I'm supposed to go out shellfishing tomorrow at 6:30.

Might not get any sleep at all. 



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45 minutes ago, Hedge said:


I hope that's what the field looks like during the game. It may be an unpopular opinion, but I hate snow games, as it's no longer just 1 team vs the other, and leaves way to much room for fluke plays where it's not the best team that wins, it's the luckiest. 

I love snow games for the atmosphere, but I actually disagree with you about how the weather affects the teams as well. More often than not, the luckiest team is the best team, and I would argue that’s even more true in poor weather games. Good luck is a result of good execution. Poor weather conditions just expose flaws in execution that ideal conditions mask. 

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