Utilizing the “Texas” route in Red Zone.

Author- Bryan Trulen

The Minnesota Vikings travel to Nashville on September 11 to play the Tennessee Titans. Watching Pre-Season Titan Film, we have uncovered an opportunity to use the “Texas” route versus the Titan Defense to score points inside of the 10 Yard Line.

 

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3rd and Goal from the 6. Oakland comes out in a modified 10 personnel. The Two Strong Side WR’s utilize a tight split and are essentially stacked. The Raiders field side WR’s are in a normal alignment. Tennessee pre snap is showing they are committed to playing the pass.

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Derek Carr takes the shot gun snap and immediately positions his eyes to the left where the Oakland WR’s are streaking down the field. This puts stress on the Tennessee defenders on the left. Meanwhile, at the top of the screen, Oakland is running a mesh concept out of a close formation. Typically in the “Mesh” the flat or outlet receiver will continue to the sideline. As we can see the RB coming out of the backfield has the flat defender convinced he will do just that.

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As Carr gets ready to throw, the RB has made a hard pivot and cut back across the middle of the field in the classic “Texas” or angle route. Conceptually, Oakland does a great job with their WR Spacing to create the illusion of “Mesh” only to have the RB come open on the “Texas Route.

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Carr Delivers a strike into a decent sized window for six points on a great play call on 3rd and goal by coordinator Greg Olson.

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