Bottom 5 Passing Matchups Week 12

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Bottom 5 Passing Matchups for Week 12


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Baltimore at Pittsburgh

The Ravens pass game, so prolific in 2019, has yet to snap from its funk here in 2020. Lamar Jackson has seen his yardage and touchdown numbers spiking, with sacks and interceptions soaring, and not nearly as much scoring opportunity popping up. Simply put, this is an offense built to run the ball relentlessly, with little regard for a diverse air attack. Tight end Mark Andrews and speedy wideout Marquise Brown dominate Jackson’s attention (43% of targets), and virtually no one else is feared or utilized much. A new, dynamic face or two - and some creative playcalling turns - are needed to truly relaunch this attack.

The Steelers pass defense has certainly benefited from a favorable schedule of quarterbacks, a list that includes the likes of Jeff Driskel, Garrett Gilbert, and Jake Luton. Unsurprisingly, they’re posting dominant numbers against the pass - just 6.7 yards per attempt (second-best) and 230 per game (third). Along the way, though, they’ve stifled relevant guys like Deshaun Watson, Lamar Jackson, and Joe Burrow. This is still the league’s premiere big-play unit, boasting a lethal pass rush (first in pressure rate, first in sacks) and a heat-seeking secondary (second in pass breakups). None of this means individual receivers can’t find success in this matchup - some, like A.J. Brown and Tee Higgins, have. In fact, five opposing wideouts have already crossed the 100-yard mark. But there’s been almost no production elsewhere, with slot men and tight ends held firmly in check all year. The athletic linebackers, underrated slot men, and dynamic safety Minkah Fitzpatrick conspire to make inside routes difficult for all comers. The sledding will be tough for Andrews, who drives this passing game but managed just 32 yards in their first meeting. Unless Brown can create a few notable wins down the field, it’s hard to project much in this matchup.

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