3 ways the Colts can stop Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense

The Indianapolis Colts will take on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3, and they’ll have the challenge of trying to stop Lamar Jackson and a talented offense.
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2. Shut down Zay Flowers and Mark Andrews

Speaking of some of those offensive weapons, the Ravens have some crucial playmakers on the offensive end. Mark Andrews is a staple when it comes to red zone packages for this Ravens offense, he has always been a favorite target of Jackson once the offense gets there.

Zay Flowers, the rookie out of Boston College has also burst out onto the scene in the first couple games of the season, and he’s made some big plays, most notably a 52-yard snag last week against the Bengals. He is expected to be a huge target for the foreseeable future for this team, so this secondary will need to lock in. 

Andrews is getting back to full health now, and Flowers has a couple of games under his belt, so these are the two playmakers to really target. With the mobility of Jackson and a decent running game, the Ravens do like to run the ball in the redzone, but oftentimes old reliable Andrews is the go to option. 

By forcing the Ravens to make other receivers beat them, this forces Baltimore to go into their depth which is not as strong as other teams. While that is all easier said than done, strategic double teams will have to be used here, and if this defense prepares well enough they can do as well as they can hope to shut down these guys. 

These players are going to make some big plays most likely, but if the Colts find a way to shut them down, Baltimore’s offense will be forced to run the ball and run it well.