NFL Game Plans

The Game Plans For serious football bettors, here is breakdown of what to look
for from key NFL football games and what these teams will be attempting to

Texans Game Plan:

Baltimore is not complicated offensively, thus Houston
believes if they take away the Ravens 23rd ranked running game, they can get a
solid pass rush on Joe Flacco, who is a pocket passer. Look for the Texans to
double cover Torrey Smith in obvious passing downs. Offensively, Gary Kubiak’s
club has to be ready from the opening whistle, instead of suffering through the
dull periods and playing great late to eke out wins. Ravens Game Plan: With Ray
Rice questionable, the Baltimore game plan changes to a quick passing attack
with Flacco and Bernard Pierce running between the tackles. This places a
premium on blocking J.J. Watt and LB Brian Cushing, as both are very disruptive
players. Defensively, the Ravens have to wise, knowing they can’t overemphasize
stopping running backs Arian Foster or Ben Tate because quarterback Matt Schaub
can get into a passing rhythm with Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins and tight end
Owen Daniels.

Key number: Houston has grown to a 2.5-point road favorite and is
8-0 ATS when the line is +3 to -3 the last two seasons.


(403) DETROIT at (404)
WASHINGTON FOX SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22 / 1:00 E Lions Game Plan: Win the game.
Detroit is 0-21(including playoffs) playing against the Redskins in Washington
all-time, so any win is a good win. The Washington defense has been horrendous;
easily the worst in the NFL and the Lions cannot be as conservative as they were
last week in Arizona. With or without Reggie Bush, the Lions have to attack down
the field with Calvin Johnson and others. On defense, keep Robert Griffin III in
the pocket and make him beat you throwing the ball. Redskins Game Plan: Whether
Washington will admit it or not, they have erred in rushing RG3 back with no
preseason work and not using RB Alfred Morris more in August. Both have not been
the same players this season to date, though Morris appeared to be more in a
groove against Green Bay as the game wore on. The Redskins have to establish
Morris first to set up play-action passing for Griffin against fair Lions
defense. No real mysteries on defense, the players have to play better and the
coaches have to place them in the right spots. Key number: Washington is 11-25
ATS in September home games the last 20 years.

(405) GREEN BAY at (406)
CINCINNATI FOX SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22 / 1:00 E Packers Game Plan: The Green Bay
secondary has been the weak link thus far of the defense. For this matchup with
Cincinnati, this means pass rushers like Clay Mathews have to get in Andy
Dalton’s grill to force errant throws. The Packers offense always works best
when they can run effectively and James Starks has to feel confident after
rushing for personal-best 132 rushing yards last week. Look for coach Mike
McCarthy to move Aaron Rodgers out of the pocket to slow the Bengals often solid
pass rush. Bengals Game Plan: Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was pass-happy
with Dalton in the first half and it did not work. Once Cincinnati balanced the
offense with the run, Dalton was more accurate and found more open pass
catchers. Look for a Bengals to test Green Bay with the run setting up their
two-tight end sets for passes over the middle and third levels shots to A. J.
Green. DC Mike Zimmer is fortunate his front four can bother the passer and drop
seven into coverage. Watch the Cincy back seven try and lay the wood on Packers
receivers, attempting to make them wary. Key number: Cincinnati is 7-0 UNDER
after allowing 14 points or less in last game.

(411) INDIANAPOLIS at (412) SAN
FRANCISCO NBC SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 / 4:25 E Colts Game Plan: The acquisition of
Trent Richardson was wise move for a team which expects to be back in the
playoffs. Indianapolis has been hit hard by injuries all over the offense and
will likely have to resort to moving pocket with Andrew Luck to move the ball
with consistency versus the 49ers defense. The Colts defense needs the mindset
of playing four solid quarters, something it has failed to do thus far. 49ers
Game Plan: The 49ers have to get back to basics a week after being embarrassed
on the road at Seattle. After being one of the top running teams the last
several seasons, either San Francisco has gotten away from what they did best or
opposing teams are making a huge effort to take this away from them. Whatever
the reason, the Niners have to be more physical in this aspect of their game
with Frank Gore and the offensive line. Key number: San Francisco is 6-0 ATS
after gaining 150 or less passing yards in their last contest.

(417) CHICAGO at
(418) PITTSBURGH NBC SUNDAY, SEPT. 22 / 8:25 E Bears Game Plan: After two come
from behind home triumphs, Chicago is on the road for the first time this
season. Jay Cutler clearly likes this Marc Trestman’s offense, especially the
use of the tight end, namely Martellus Bennett. Since Bennett will be matched
against a very good Steelers secondary, Cutler may have to look for towards Earl
Bennett or Alshon Jeffery if the tight end and Brandon Marshall are covered.

The Bears defense can certainly bottle up the Pittsburgh offense. Steelers Game
Plan: The Steelers need Felix Jones to raise his level of play and man up,
giving them a running attack. The offense line is underachieving (or overrated)
even with the injuries and the wide receivers have to fight more for the ball
when Ben Roethlisberger tosses it their way. The Pittsburgh defense has played
well yet has not forced a turnover and needs a desperate performance or the
Steelers will be 0-3. Key number: Chicago is 18-33 ATS after scoring 30 points
or more in last game.

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