Flowers and Routt tend to crowd receivers at the line, attempting to get a strong jam to disrupt the timing of pass patterns and are confident in their ability to turn and run with fast receivers.
After losing cornerback
"They had a little bit of a switch from last year," offensive coordinator
complete switch in their secondary approach. They are playing bump-and-run Cover 1, a lot of single-high coverage.
"They feel good about their linebackers, inside 'backers' ability to cover. They like their ability to get edge pressure to help their secondary. So, I like the way they're aggressive. Most teams that can play bump-and-run man-to-man play Cover 1, they can give you some problems."
Both Routt and Flowers have one interception apiece and have combined for six pass deflections for the
With the exception of Jones, who caught one touchdown with another nullified by a controversial offensive pass interference penalty, the Ravens didn't excel against the
"They're both two of the better corners in the league," said Smith, who has caught 16 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns, which puts him on a pace to finish the season with 64 receptions, 1,328 yards and a dozen touchdowns. "Routt is a long, athletic guy. Brandon is smart. They both have great ball skills. Their safeties have great range. We have a great challenge ahead of us."
It's a double-edged sword, though, for the Chiefs' approach to their secondary.
Kansas City has already allowed 926 passing yards and 10 touchdowns with opposing quarterbacks compiling a 114.7 passer rating against the Chiefs. They've had trouble against tight ends
Quarterbacks have completed 65.1 percent of their throws against Kansas City, including
Offenses are averaging 8.5 yards per pass attempt against the Chiefs with only two interceptions.
The Ravens rank second in total offense, averaging 424 yards per contest and rank fourth in passing offense with an average of 310.3 yards per game.
The key for the Ravens is beating the jam to get into their pass routes to allow quarterback Joe Flacco to go through his progressions and find his targets downfield.
"Critical, absolutely," Cameron said. "It always is. You have to win those first five yards. It's really about
the first seven yards now. It's not five yards anymore. You better be able to run through those seven yards, get yourself free, get yourself clean, get some separation so Joe can get the ball out. These guys do an outstanding job rushing the passer.
"You saw last year when Green Bay went in there undefeated, and they got a ton of pressure on [