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BDL 2021 Week 2 - Camden Hood Rats @ Raleigh Firebirds


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BDL 2021 Week 2

Match: Camden Hood Rats @ Raleigh Firebirds

Away Owner: @Jlash

Home Owner:  @EaglesPeteC

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Camden Hood Rats

QB- Baker Mayfield
RB- Austin Ekeler
WR- AJ Brown
WR- Cooper Kupp
WR- Terrace Marshall Jr
TE- Rob Gronkowski
LT- Isaiah Wynn
LG- Nate Davis
C- JC Tretter
RG- Kevin Zeitler
RT- Orlando Brown Jr
RB- Damien Harris
WR- KJ Hamler
WR- Quintez Cephus
TE- Zach Ertz
OL- Cody Whitehair
OL- Taylor Lewan
OL- Ben Cleveland
QB- Justin Fields

DE- Josh Allen
DT- DJ Reader
DT- Poona Ford
DE- Montez Sweat
LB- Darius Leonard
LB- Keanu Neal
CB- Denzel Ward
CB- L'Jarius Sneed
S- Justin Simmons
S- Justin Reid
S- Eric Rowe
DE- Yannick Ngakoue
DE- Ryan Kerrigan
DE- Carl Granderson
DT- Maliek Collins
DT- Osa Odighizuwa
LB- Josh Uche
CB- Asante Samuel Jr
CB- Greedy Williams


Raleigh Firebirds


QB- Kyler Murray

RB/Offensive Weapon- Christian McCaffrey

WR- Davante Adams

WR/Slot- Robert Woods

WR- Mike Williams

TE- Mark Andrews

LT- Laremy Tunsil

LG- Issac Seumalo

C- Mitch Morse

RG- Andrew Norwell

RT- Jordan Mailata


2nd RB- David Montgomery 

4th WR- Nelson Agholor 

5th WR- Marquez Callaway

3rd RB- JD McKissic

2nd TE/FB- Jack Doyle

3rd TE- Will Dissly 

Swing T- Jawaan Taylor

Swing G/C- Bradley Bozeman



DE- Von Miller

DT- Michael Pierce

DT- Sebastian Joseph Day

DE- Dee Ford

LB- Blake Martinez

LB- Jayon Brown (Q)

S/LB- Landon Collins

CB- Chris Harris Jr  Inactive

CB- Troy Hill (Q)

FS- Julian Blackmon (Q)

SS- Marcus Maye


Rotational DE- Tyus Bowser

Rotational DE- Bud Dupree (Q)

3rd DT- BJ Hill

3rd LB- Eric Wilson

3rd CB- Tre Flowers (Hill moves into the slot) 

4th CB- Avonte Maddox 

3rd S- Mike Edwards

Backup LB/S- Jaquiski Tartt

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Camden Hood Rats

Week 1 we took a loss to the reigning champs and this week we go to the red hot Raleigh Firebirds to try and right the ship. They've had a resurgence this year, mostly because they decided to show up, but we think we can scheme a win today if we focus on some key areas.

Spread Raleigh out- We think Raleigh's strength is in their defensive line, and we feel we have a distinct advantage in our WR corps vs their DB's. So we're going a lot of 3 and 4 WR looks today to force Raleigh into their reserves on the back end. We'll target AJ Brown a lot today and move him all over the formation and use rubs and crossing routes to get him the ball clean and let him work. Expect lots of trips formations to force the Raleigh DB's to work through traffic. Ekeler will be our lead back today due to his receiving ability, and that should also give us a mismatch on whoever is forced to cover him out of the backfield. Expect a few screens and draws to combat the opponents pass rush.

Attack the middle of the field- With our spread look today, this should open the middle of the field for our TE's and backs to find some success. Expect some seem routes from Gronk/Ertz with the defense chasing a 3 WR look around the field. Especially in the red zone we feel like we can do some damage with this group. 

Run game to set up the PA- While we're spreading the field out, we'll still maintain a good pass/run balance. Mayfield plays best this way, so expect Ekeler/Harris to still stay involved on the ground. If we get to the second level we can find some room to run since they can't keep an extra defender in the box today. This allows us to still successfully utilize play action passes to our receivers, and we think this can lead to some big plays.

Fields package- With having an explosive player like Fields on the roster, we need to utilize him somehow. Expect 5-10 plays where he comes in and runs RPO style plays. We think we can set up some easy throws out of this look and give Raleigh a taste of their own medicine. This will be utilized out of mostly 2 TE sets to give Fields easy quick throws to take advantage of. 

Defense (Cover 1 Robber base)
Raleigh has a new found explosiveness on offense with McCaffrey back and the addition of Kyler. We think we actually have the personnel to match up really well with what they do best, and these keys will be the focus of our defensive plan.

Cover 1 base- Our favorite coverage shell, and it works here today. Raleigh's best players lend to an RPO style offense, and with a cover 1 we get to have a free defender to come down into the box and help defend that RPO and get into quick passing lanes. Like last week, we'll rotate between Simmons and Reid as to who is the single high safety and who is the robber so Kyler doesn't know until the ball is snapped and someone rolls down. We'll have Eric Rowe matched up on the TE today, something he's done well at since his move back to safety. In 3 WR sets, Neal will come off the field in favor of another DB and Rowe maintains the TE responsibility. We'll mix some cover 3 looks as well, but cover 1 is our primary today. Even if they stray away from the RPO look, Cover 1 is still our most effective coverage versus a team like this. Here is how the cover 1 looks:
Still utilize the blitz- With Kyler being dangerous and having some weapons on the outside, we don't want him getting comfortable. Our ends can generate some heat without anything exotic, but we can't be vanilla. So Uche and Neal will rotate at that other LB spot and they'll be asked to blitz from time to time. We won't get crazy with it to avoid getting burnt on an RPO, but we need to give Kyler something else to think about back there. Expect line stunts and shifts to be utilized today too.

Bottle McCaffrey out of the backfield- Our run defense is strong at the POA, but McCaffrey can kill you in the passing game. With our cover 1 shell, it leaves a LB responsible for the RB, but we also have that free defender to play with. We can use that extra defender, who is already coming down to defend the run/rpo, as a help player for the LB in these cases. This way we're basically sending that extra player who is in the box anyway to help and limit any damage McCaffrey can do out of the backfield. 


Raleigh Firebirds

Week 2 Offensive Gameplan

The confidence of the Firebirds offense is sky high after being the unit that lead the team to their first win in franchise history. They are hungry to keep it going and continue to shock the league.

Base 11 personnel. Heavy play action more pass heavy to start the game. Lots of no huddle to keep them in bad matchups

With the success of our offense, last week we expect Camden to come prepared to stop the run and to defend read option and slow down McCaffrey, Kyler and Montgomery in the run game. But looking at Camden’s personnel, we see 2 things. They have strong run defenders in Reader and Ford but who offer little in the pass rush game and that while their CB group of Denzel Ward, L’Jarius Snead and Asante Samuel Jr are all nice players, that they all are on the vertically challenged side.

We think coming out with 3 WR’s and a play action run game will give us nice 1 on 1 matchups with our larger receivers against their smaller CB’s.

Adams 6’1 vs Ward 5’11

Mike Williams 6’4 vs Sneed 6’0

Robert Woods 6’0 vs Asante Samuel 5’10.

We anticipate Camden coming out with a heavy run defense formation to start the game.  and then we would start out by running a couple play action passes and then going no huddle. Then essentially going 5 wide by splitting Mark Andrews and Christian McCaffrey out as WR’s and attacking. Combine that with the anticipation that they are leaving a spy on Kyler and someone is getting open and getting open fast. We think we can move the ball nicely with this curve ball.

We think our offensive line is an underrated strength of our team. The 5 starters we put out there allowed a combined 0 sacks in weeks 1. We feel confident in our ability to hold up against Camden’s D-line.

Once we shock Camden with the pass heavy approach, they will be forced to adjust and running lanes will start to open up for both Kyler, McCaffrey and Montgomery. Coming back to our 21 personnel can also be done easily by subbing Williams or Woods with Montgomery. We think that the outside run game will be the most successful this week. Yannick and Josh Allen are not great run defenders so we can target them on outside stretch plays. With a stretch play and the threat of a read option we think that will pull the spy the opposite way toward Kyler giving McCaffrey and Montgomery even more room to run. We think the safeties are the strength of the Camden defense and with the stretch game and the quick passes, we think that will neutralize their impact on the game.

In general, the Raleigh Firebirds will just have too many weapons for Camden to consistently slow down.


4-2-5 base with 3 safeties. Base cover 2 and cover 4. Prevent big plays. Bend but don’t break.

Run Defense:

Raleigh will start Sebastian Joseph Day and Michael Peirce in this matchup to help slow down the running game of Camden. SJD and Peirce will soak up the interior O-line of Camden and leave Jayon Brown and Blake Martinez to make tons of tackles and keep the run game in check. The interior triangle we post is a pretty strong match against and inside runner like Damien Harris 

Landon Collins will play LB/S in this game to help slow down the run and also be able to keep a DB on Ekeler in the passing game.

Pass Defense: 

Our defensive line had a strong week 1 pass rushing. 2 Sacks each for starters Von Miller and Michael Pierce, 2 sacks for 3rd DT BJ Hill and well as a sack from Dee Ford.

We think this group can continue to get pressure this week and win one on one matchups in the passing game. We will sport a heavy rotation getting BJ Hill in on passing downs and rotating in Tyus Bowser and Bud Dupree in to keep the defensive line ready to attack most of the game. 

In the passing game, we would play almost exclusively zone coverage both cover 2 and cover 4. Our CB’s took a beating in the injury department last week and the CB’s we have I think would excel in zone vs man. We see Camden’s receiving corp being one that would excel underneath vs over the top with AJ Brown, Cooper Kupp, Gronk and Ertz. We think allowing them short completions and rallying and tackling will keep them having to go long distances in lots of plays to score. We are going to make Camden earn their yards and above all else prevent ourselves from getting beat over the top. Our defense is very confident that the offense will score quickly and that will force Baker to try to catch up and force some balls. 

In general, our defense will be built to compliment our offense. Our defense has enough smart, tough crafty veterans that will play disciplined defense and make Camden earn every yard. We think our offense will get an early lead and that will play right into the hands of our defensive gameplan

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