3 ways the Ravens can improve on offense

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Run more sweep plays and stretches

Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) carries the ball as Denver Broncos defensive back Darian Stewart (26) and strong safety David Bruton (30) defend in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Watching the game tape, it is clear that the Ravens struggled the most in the run game when they went straight into the heart of the Broncos’ defense. Running right down the gut, Forsett was often unable to find any sort of hole.

However, on limited stretch and pitch out plays, Forsett was able to get some running room and do what he does best: pick up yards in open space. Although the sample size was limited for this option, it was clear that Forsett felt comfortable once he got to the outside.

If the Ravens want to maximize Forsett’s effectiveness, they have to allow him to use his speed and agility to make people miss. He has never been a between the tackles runner throughout his career, which is why he never landed a starting gig anywhere else.

The Ravens will hopefully have Lorenzo Taliaferro back this week, and they will be able to use him as a short yardage, between the tackles runner and allow Forsett to try to kick it to the outside.

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