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Three guarantees for Chargers-Patriots playoff game

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Melvin Ingram #54 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after sacking Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Melvin Ingram #54 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after sacking Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Safety Derwin James of the Los Angeles Chargers played a vital role in the ‘Bolts 23-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Jan.6, 2019. This photo was taken on Dec. 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images).
Safety Derwin James of the Los Angeles Chargers played a vital role in the ‘Bolts 23-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Jan.6, 2019. This photo was taken on Dec. 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images).

No repeat of the defensive back-heavy formations from Wild Card game

As previously mentioned, the Chargers’ defensive strategy against the Ravens was mind-boggling, yet executed impeccably.

The gameplan was highlighted by Bradley’s choice to play up to seven defensive backs for a majority of the contest. This approach was implemented in order for the Bolts to match Baltimore’s high-powered rushing attack with speedy tacklers. It was the perfect solution for solving a run game that was unstoppable since Week 11.

Having defensive backs such as Derwin James and Adrian Phillips was vital in the Chargers holding the Ravens offense to just 90 yards rushing. But the Chargers’ memorable defensive approach on Wild Card weekend will have to be retired when they face Brady and the Patriots.

Sure, Bradley’s defensive-back heavy gameplan gives the Bolts’ unit a unique speed element. That being said, L.A.’s top safeties and cornerbacks need to be in the backfield against New England and their five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

New England’s passing offense was inconsistent in the regular season, which could lead to a heavier ground attack on Sunday. But when it comes to the playoffs, this Brady-led passing attack has unparalleled postseason experience and is intelligent enough to delve up a potent gameplan.

If the Chargers’ defensive backs line up as linebackers, it could lead to a spectacular performance from Brady and company.

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