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Keys to the Game: Week 11


Ground and Pound: Which team can control the ground game?

"Rex Ryan is a ground and pound guy. In the eight years he's been a coach in the NFL, only one time has his team thrown the football more than they've run it. He believes in that ground game.

"The Bengals are going to have to stay in their gaps, get off the blocks and tackle.

"Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back LeSean McCoy can get it done. They will make you miss."

Recognize and Communicate to Pick up the Ryan Brothers' Blitzes

"Rex Ryan and Rob Ryan have some unconventional looks. They'll overload in ways that you'll ask 'does that make sense to overload it this way?' But you have to be able to deal with it.

"You have to recognize what they're doing and communicate it effectively.  You're at home, so the communication should not be a problem.

"Recognition of what you see is first and foremost. You've got to make sure you recognize it, identify it properly and then communicate it up and down the line in the run game and in the pass game."

Protect Andy Dalton and Give Him Time

"Once you get it communicated, you have to execute. Protect the quarterback. They're number one in the NFL with 30 quarterback sacks and number one in sacks per pass attempt.

"You have to give Andy Dalton not just time, but give him space. Keep people out of his grill. Let him follow through and get the ball down the football field."

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