The run I think that matters is the LJ QB run in the 4th quarter with 7:20 left and the Ravens up a TD.. The Ravens had no push on the interior and were not getting physical with Tenn. Powers got big pushed around his guy, created a seal and a lane. That was agaisnt a stacked box when the Titans KNEW the Ravens were going to run. THAT is the play if Baltimore can convert will just turn this Buffalo game into a route.
You can see the play here: https://twitter.com/...688566331412480
31 creeps down intot he box, whcih was what was so effective in stopping the run in the first half, and the Ravens just execute better and it cuts loose. Also Philips holds his block on Simmons who was terrorizing the Ravens. The Bills have no equivalent player to Simmons and the Ravens OL should start pushign Buffalo around from the first snap.
(though I'd still take a deep shot on the first play from play action )
There were several occasions last year when we opened the game with deep shot or had one very early. I believe we started the season with a deep shot in Miami, we definitely had one early at Cincinnati and we hit Boykin over the top early in the game at Seattle. Teams are so juiced up to contain the run that it has to be worth considering.
I would like to see us have some short, quick throws early on. Similar to how we attacked the Titans on the opening drive of the 2nd half. If anything, it gets LJ in a rhythm and builds some confidence early. Particularly if the weather is poor, it would be nice to get some easy completions early.