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BDL 2017 Week 8: Singapore Sentinels @ Portland Horned Owls


Singapore Sentinels @ Portland Horned Owls  

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Singapore Sentinels

QB: Ben Roethlisberger 
RB1:  LeVeon Bell 
WR1: Keenan Allen
WR2: Mohamed Sanu
WR3: Larry Fitzgerald 
TE1: Jesse James
LT: Cordy Glenn
LG: Andy Levitre
C: Rodney Hudson
RG: Josh Kline
RT: Marcus Cannon (Q)
OL6: Cameron Fleming
RB2: Kareem Hunt
RB3: Elijah McGuire
RB4: Thomas Rawls
WR4: Tyler Lockett
WR5: Devin Funchess
WR6: Terrance Williams
TE2: A.J. Derby 

RDE: Everson Griffen
DT: Aaron Donald
NT: Linval Joseph
LDE: Danielle Hunter 
MLB: Deion Jones
WLB: Shaq Thompson
CB: Trae Waynes 
CB: Dre Kirkpatrick
SCB: Quandre Diggs
FS: Duron Harmon
SS: John Johnson III 

DE3: Matt Judon
DE4: Taco Charlton
DT2: Johnathan Hankins
CB4: Terrance Mitchell
LB/S3: Kenny Vaccaro  
LB3: Jaylon Smith
S4: Marcus Maye
S5: Sean Davis 


Portland's Offense:

QB1: Derek Carr
RB1: LeSean McCoy
WR1: Sammy Watkins
WR2: Davante Adams
WR3: John Ross
TE1: Austin Hooper
LT:  Alejandro Villanueva 
LG: J.C Tretter
C:  Ben Jones
RG: Ryan Jensen
RT: Anthony Castanzo 

RB2: Jordan Howard
RB3: Ameer Abdullah
FB:  Kyle Juzsczyk 
WR4: Jermaine Kearse
WR5: Seth Roberts
TE2: Darren Fells
OL6: Spencer Pulley
OL7: Jared VeldHeer

Portland's Defense:

RDE: Robert Quinn
3T:  Kawann Short
DT:  Timmy Jernigan
LDE: Emmanual Ogbah
WLB: Telvin Smith
MLB: Blake Martinez
CB1: Jimmy Smith
CB2: Bashaud Breeland
SCB: Jason McCourtey - (Q)
FS: Glover Quin
SS: Malcolm Jenkins


SLB: Bruce Irvin
RLB: Zach Brown
CB4: Sean Smith
CB5: P.J Willliams
S3:  Daniel Sorenson
DE3: T.J Watt

DT3: Michael Pierce
DT4: DaQuan Jones

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Divisional Matchup that will let us sweep the Horned Owls and be one step closer to the playoffs.

Offense (3 WR, 1 RB, 1 TE)

Not doing anything tricky on the offensive side of the ball this week, just lining up the best players and plan on executing sound football against a banged up Portland defense. Going with our traditional 3 WR sets with Allen on one side and welcoming back a healthy Mohamed Sanu on the other with Larry Legend in the slot.

With Hightower out for the year and McCourty doubtful for this week the middle of the field is wide open for Big Ben to play with. Fitzgerald and Jesse James will get some intermediate work to move the chains, with rising playmaker A.J. Derby getting some work in passing situations as well. We expect Portland to try and bring a safety up in the box to stop our vaunted run attack. If that is the case Ben will take advantage of 1 on 1 situations on the outside to go up top for the big play to Allen. Outside of Jimmy Smith we don’t fear any of the secondary the Horned Owls can bring to bear this week.

We are by no means abandoning the run this week. With two Elite RB’s to share the load we can wear down the Portland DL. Bell will get the start and have the majority of the carries this week. Bell is on all cylinders now and his patient attacking style will work to our advantage with Hightower missing from the middle. Hunt continues to lead all rookie backs and at the halfway point is the likely Offensive Rookie of the Year. He makes defenders miss and can break off big chunks as the game goes on once we have a lead.

With everyone finally healthy the offense is gelling at the right time to get us back to the playoffs this year.

Defense: 4-2-5 
It all starts up front for the Sentinels with our elite DL. Everson Griffen is having a career year with sacks in every game to open the season so far. He will test Villanueva to the breaking point with Aaron Donald getting additional pressure on the right side in the A gap. Linval Joseph will clog the other lanes in the middle to help keep Howard and McCoy contained. We think the weak link this week is Castonzo on the right side against Danielle Hunter. Our DL should have good matchups across the board against a banged up Portland OL. Carr will be getting pressured from all sides and have very little pocket to set up his throws.
In the middle, Shaq Thompson will be a spy on Howard/McCoy and will shoot the gap to try and meet them head on at the LOS. Forcing the Owls into 3rd and longs will be the key to keeping them in check. Deion Jones will cover Hooper and use his coverage skills to limit plays in the seam.
Our beleaguered secondary gets a solid group of WR this week to defend. Sammy Watkins is Portland’s #1 WR, yet is having a subpar year with only 18 catches. Trae Waynes will look to keep him in check this week with help over the top from Duron Harmon. Devante Adams is a solid #2 that Kirkpatrick will press at the LOS to disrupt his timing with Carr to give our DL an extra second of playtime. Kearse will likely be in the slot and will be covered by Quandre Diggs (PFF #15 CB) who is having an excellent year. John Johnson III will have deep cover duties this week.
Object this week it to limit the Portland passing attack through pressure up front with solid coverage on the receivers. Stopping the run on early downs will create advantageous down and distance numbers for our defense to pin its ears back and go after Carr. Kill the head and the Portland offense flounders.


Portland Offensive Gameplan: Get the ball to our WRs, Convert on 3rd downs, Win the TOP battle, wear out their defense.

The Passing Game: This week we take on one of the best defenses in BDL led by arughably the best D-line in BDL and we're going to keep it simple this week. We're going to come out and establish the running game and once we do that we're going to focus on getting the ball to our WRs and RBs, Sammy Watkins will be our no.1 WR and we'll move him around all game to find matchups he can advantage of. Davante Adams will be our no.2 WR and we'll get him a ton of Targets since he'll have an excellent matchup against whoevers covers him. Jordan Howard and LeSean McCoy will both be featured heavily as the engine of our offense and we'll use them both as pass catchers and pass protectors as needed. Austin Hooper is a decent TE capable of getting 5-50ish in this game and we'll use him in pass protection quite a bit to keep Singapore's d-line in check, We'll also use Darren Fells in 2 TE sets. We're going to max protect on at least 20% of the snaps to keep Carr protected and on those plays we'll target their LBs and take a few deep shots. Deion Jones+Shaw Thompson are solid players but I don't beleive they're up to the task of covering my RBs, With the main focus of our offense being to keep a balanced offense and winning the TOP battle to keep Ben+Bell+Hunt off the field. Derek Carr is proving why he's a top 10 QB in this league and should be able to pick apart Singapore's secondary and read any coverages they throw at him, we're fully comfortable allowing Carr to make adjustments and audibles as is needed. We'll mostly with a slow pace on offense to grind out the clock and wear out their defense so we can run the ball later in the game, if at halftime we're down we'll make the proper adjustments and we'll move to a faster pace of play and throw the ball a bit more. I'd expect we'd maintain a 55:45 passtorun ration to keep a balanced offense and that should allow us to keep Singapore from blitzing too much.

The Running Game: Jordan Howard and LeSean McCoy are both top 7 RBs in this league and we'll use them on the field together quite a bit since they complement each other so well, Jordan Howard should get at least 20+ touches with LeSean chipping in with at least 15 plus this is a revenge game for LeSean so he'll have some extra motivation. Our biggest issue in running the ball will be going up against Donald+Joeseph both of whom are excellent and fully capable of wrecking a game and dominating the inside, that's why we'll focus on using a Zone Blocking scheme to get our runners to the outside and on the edge of their defense. LeSean will play on 3rd Downs and be the primary pass catcher, If Juzcyck suits up we'll use him as a swiss army knife FB and use him as a pass protector as well.

The Blocking: I'd be an idiot to say my o-line is better than Singapore's D-line, we have some solid players up front and I beleive we should be able to keep Carr relativley clean and open some decent holes for my RBs to get to the second level. We'll mostly use a ZBS and we'll leave a RB/TE/FB to pass protect/chip at the line on at least 50% of the snaps to ensure Carr gets that extra protection. 

TDLR; Commit to the run, Dominate TOP, Control the LOS, Get to the edge.

Portland Defensive Gameplan: Focus on controlling the LOS, Force the QB to throw it away, Shut down their RBs in the passing game, Stop the run and force them to throw it.

Pass Defense: Jimmy Smith will cover Keenan Allen and will follow him throughout the game, If Jason McCourtey suits up he'll cover the slot if he doesn't Sean Smith will cover the slot, Bashaud Breeland will be our no.2 CB and play outside for most of the game. I do not have the CBs capable of playing Man Coverage so we'll mostly play Zone Coverage and mix in some Cover 2 and Cover 3 with some 2 deep safety looks as well. Glover Quinn should play in this game and if he doesn't Daniel Sorenson will play FS and we'll scrap our 3 safety packages, Malcolm Jenkins will be our SS and play closer to the LOS on obvious running plays and he'll cover Hunt/Bell on some plays as well. Losing Dont'a Hightower sucks but we have the depth to make up for it, Telvin Smith is a stud LB and he'll be the QB of our defense while Blake Martinez will be the starting MLB replacing Hightower, Smith excells in coverage and he should be able to cover whoever he needs to. The Big Key to shutting down Singapore's solid passing attack is putting pressure on Big Ben while Ben hasn't been his usual self all year he's still a dangerous QB capable of torching my secondary and we'll treat him as such. We shall blitz Ben a decent amount since Singapore's o-line is fairly good up front but we should be able to control the interior line and keep them from getting massive chunk yardage in the running game. Kawann Short should be able to beat Kline inside and Timmy jernigan should be able to get some interior pressure a swell, Robert Quinn has a solid matchup against an injured Cordy Glenn who is playing with a bum ankle. OUr main goal is to shut down Singapore's RBs in the passing game and running game and force them to beat us through the air with their other weapons. We'll also use some 3 safety packages when Bell and Hunt are on the field together to cover them better as well.

Run Defense: We'll try to control the LOS and we should have some success in that regard since Singapore's right side of the line has some issues and Glenn is banged up at the moment, However shutting down Bell+Hunt is easier said than done so we'll be extra disciplined this week to prevent them from making massive plays. Michael Pierce will rotate with Short+Jernigan on the interior and will play obvious running downs and in goaline situations, T.J Watt will mix in with Robert QUinn and Ogbah to keep them fresh and to get him some oppurtunities to rush the passer. We'll rotate our d-line quite a bit to keep them fresh throughout this game make sure they're well rested for later in the game. We should be able to tackle Bell+Hunt since my LBs and safeties are excellent at wrapping up and my d-line should be able to keep my LBs clean so they can do their jobs on defense. Bruce Irvin will be moved around as a pass rushing chess piece and we'll use him and Watt as Rush LBs on a few occassions to blitz Ben and get some extra pressure on him.

The Pass Rush: Pass rush is the key to disrupting Ben and we'll Dial up some blitzes to do that, we should be able to get some pressure on Ben and keep him out of Rhythm and once he's out of Rhythm we'll have an easier time stopping the run and forcing them into 3rd and longs.

TDLR; Get to Ben, Shut down their RBs, Zone Coverage, Force Turnovers.

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