Baltimore Ravens: The Ground Game Is Still Key
I guess I still have to beat the drum. We need the Ravens to lean on their rushing attack.
Running the football is still the key to unlocking any good the Ravens offense can have. Terrance West is a star in the making. Kenneth Dixon will get going. When the Ravens realize that they need to be a ground and pound team, things will change.
The Ravens threw it 48 times last week. Joe Flacco did not have a touchdown however. Terrance West had 23 carries and two touchdowns. West didn’t get ignored in this game, and that’s a step in the right direction. Dixon got just two carries. The Ravens are awfully inefficient in the passing game. It seems like Flacco throws the football too much to get this little of production out of it.
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West struggled a bit in the previous game. He only rushed for 3.8 yards per carry. However that only justifies my point. 3.8 yards per attempt with that makeshift offensive line is fairly miraculous. When the offensive line is this banged up, you would think leaning on the run game would make a fair deal of sense. Dropping back in pass protection is harder than asking the line to be human plows.
Imagine if Dixon had more carries. A two headed attack of West and Dixon would have given us a better chance than 48 passing attempts. West is the workhorse. He is the guy you want to give the football to early and often. West heats up as the game goes on. Dixon is the change of pace back, who can do it all. If West got 25-30 touches a game and Dixon got 10-15 touches as a back and a receiver out of the backfield, the Ravens offense would have it’s perfect balance. Dixon only got three touches.
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West is the most exciting player on the field. He made something out if nothing on multiple attempts against the Giants. Until the Ravens lean on West and Dixon, the offense will not find it’s groove. Let’s just say out of every 80 offensive plays, West and Dixon need to touch the football 40-45 times. That’s the balance the Ravens need.