ILL Looks at 2019 NFL Divisional Round

So last week I went 1 – 3, the one thing I enjoyed is there was a lot of defensive chess matches going on in the NFL Wildcard weekend. The biggest shocker for me was a defense figuring out Lamar Jackson. When you actually look at what the Los Angeles Chargers did to keep him frustrated and make mistakes was the equivalent to the Los Angeles Lakers game planning around Allen Iverson. They were two things that got the Baltimore Ravens into the playoffs, their defense and the unpredictable play style of Jackson. Well you keep the defense on the field long enough, they are going get tired and start taking off plays. To defeat Jackson you have to neutralize his speed which got him into the big dance to begin with. Chargers did that by replacing their Linebacker core with Safeties. Thumbs up to the Chargers Defensive coaching staff and I guess you can also credit the Cleveland Brown who the week before showed how to potential slow Jackson down as well.

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