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.