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Film Room: Lamar Jackson, the Ravens running game and counter-bash

Giants have their hands full defending Baltimore’s running scheme

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By now New York Giants fans probably have the scenarios memorized. There are a few different pathways for the Giants to reach the playoffs, but the easiest one starts with New York winning their remaining two games.

That starts with beating the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

To beat the Ravens, you have to slow down their offense. And to do that, you need to be ready for counter-bash.

This is perhaps Baltimore’s most productive running concept this season, and for more information on it I cannot recommend enough Ted Nguyen’s piece on this over at The Athletic. If you do not have a subscription, Ted’s work is worth the price, believe me. In this video breakdown we’ll see how dangerous this design is using two examples from the past two weeks. You’ll see how this design creates difficulties for the linebackers on the second level, how it changes the numbers game, how it makes you wrong as a defense almost no matter what you do, and how Jackson is so dangerous running it: