The challenge for the Detroit Lions' offense and the coaching staff will be handling the aggressive defense of the Baltimore Ravens in their upcoming Week 3 matchup.
But, as the Ravens prepare to march into Ford Field this Sunday, the AFC North contenders are an injured bunch after their surprise victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last week.
Baltimore is dealing with injuries along their defensive line and in the secondary.
As a result, the Ravens are giving up an average of close to nine yards per pass attempt to their opponents and quarterbacks have been able to enjoy success against their defense.
Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn acknowledged the aggressiveness of the Ravens defense, but also feels there will be opportunities to find open lanes when the pressure is dialed up.
“They are aggressive. They probably zero blitz more than anybody in the League right now," Lynn said. "So, you have to deal with that, but like I said, at the same time, when you pressure like that, you give things up. There are holes.”
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