Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

KEY POINTS

  • The Ravens have the benefit of a healthy roster heading into Week 2
  • The Dolphins stifled Baltimore's offense last season
  • John Harbaugh is determined to avoid a repeat

After a successful outing against the New York Jets in Week 1, the Baltimore Ravens next face the Miami Dolphins for Week 2 and they are confident that last year's disaster was not going to happen again.

The Ravens recently had their press conference ahead of the game and quarterback Lamar Jackson is adamant that they are better prepared this time around.

"They just caught us off guard, really. We hadn't really gone over defenses doing all-up zero against us–like, just all-up flat-out zero. But I feel like we'll have an answer for it this year. We watched film–watched a lot of film on those guys – because we don't want it to happen again," Jackson said.

Head coach John Harbaugh later added that it "would have been negligent" of them and their offense if they did not address Miami's zero-blitz defense that overwhelmed them in their last meeting.

A zero-blitz defense, in layman's terms, simply means that everyone on defense is going to be gunning for the opposing quarterback–regarded as the riskiest of all blitz packages by Football Advantage.

In theory, each defensive lineman will need to overwhelm their offensive counterparts in order to get to the quarterback faster and increase the likelihood of a sack as the secondary will also join in the hunt.

However, the risk is that the offense could go for big yards with their receivers since there will practically be zero coverages down the field.

The Dolphins used this to astounding effect last season in Week 10 action as they ran roughshod over the Ravens' front seven, which led to four sacks on Jackson, an interception by Justin Coleman and a Xavien Howard forced a fumble that turned into a touchdown.

Miami would go on to win the game 22-10 as the Ravens failed to score a touchdown until about four minutes remaining in the game.

It was a disappointing performance from the Ravens as they looked unprepared for the Dolphins blitzing Jackson the entire night, which subsequently led to them losing out on a playoff spot because of the loss.

"We'll have a plan for it and hope it works because these guys are probably the best in the league at doing it right now. They (Miami Dolphins) do it more than anybody, they do it better than anybody and it's just something they're committed to," Harbaugh later added.

With a relatively healthy roster around them this season, the Ravens will look to overturn last season's loss into a statement victory when they welcome the Dolphins to M&T Bank Stadium for their home opener on Sunday, September 18 at 1:00 PM.

Justin Coleman, Miami Dolphins
Justin Coleman #27 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass from Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Michael Reaves/Getty Images