My Pittsburgh Steelers just had one of the worst offensive performances in my short history in the TMFL. We allowed 10 sacks, and threw 2 INT which could have been so many more. I am going to attempt to break down the Raiders and the keys to beating what I feel is a team with a tough defensive scheme to attack. Although there are two sides to each team, this team does nothing out of the ordinary on offense, so I will avoid discussing their offense completely. Raiders Defensive Tendencies: How they do it: The Raiders play at the minimum an 80% cover 2 man scheme. Rarely are their any blitzes, or even zone coverages. What makes it so effective is something I feel makes what is already a challenging coverage to attack, even tougher. If you look at the below picture, you will see the pre-snap read. Typical cover 2 man look. The play is designed to goto the inside slot receiver on a Deep Out route. The B receiver is considered a checkdown (ineffective versus man defense), and the outside receiver will be running a streak. This man is sometimes open depending on what the safety does. The Tight End runs a deep post route. What makes it so effective: Kasper knows the tendency of most players. For myself, I throw outside the hashes a lot which Ill explain later. Most deeper routes are designed to attack the outside of the field with your best wide recievers. And Pittsburgh has 2 very good ones. To combat this... The cornerbacks are told to "shade" the outside of the routes, as evidenced here. As you will see, the route to the flat (B) is being shaded to the outside, making this route even more ineffective, taking this WR out of the play. The slot receiver (Y) is where the play is designed, as you see, his man is already shading to the outside. And finally, receiver X, does have the outside of the field open, but a safety is lurking to attack the deep route. The TE (A) is being user covered, and picked up by another man. With 4 receivers in the pattern now, nobody is open. The result: This defense will result in coverage sacks of which I would say over half of the 10 I suffered were the result of this. Or an interception. None are very good results. As you will see, I made the wrong decision, and thankfully the ball was swatted down instead of intercepted. Disclaimer: Here is where I have a conflict of my "sim" ideals. First, I feel this coverage is very overpowered. I also feel in this game that both man coverage as well as this shading technique were called way too often. With that said... I do not feel Kasper is a "cheesy" player. This works incredibly well against someone who plays like I do, and the question remains... is this broken? So to attack it, one has to resort to what some may consider "cheese" I personally hate to abuse the middle of the field, but you have to to be able to beat this schem. How to attack it: Abuse the TE- In this example, the TE is covered. In numerous other situations he wasn't. Abuse the seam routes- Send your slot on a streak until this technique is stopped. Abuse the middle of the field- That's right, just throw inside the hashes. Deep ins, short ins, and slants. Abuse the backs- You have to get the running back involved in the passing game. If you look above, as 2 guys are covering my TE, had I sent the back on a smart route or something, he would have been wide open. Scramble- Instead of taking 10 sacks because everyone is covered, take the hell off. Make them adapt to your game plan. Run the ball and play action- Stick to your run game, and pound the rock. Once you have established you want to run (even if unsuccessful) run some play action. Some of my biggest plays were play action passes. The corners or safeties or even the user MLB are confused often and this can be successful. I am hoping this will encourage intelligent discussion and maybe other "scouting" type articles. I am also wishing Kasper the best of luck the rest of the season, but maybe my tips will force him to evolve.