3. The Ravens Don’t Even Try To Run The Ball
Every time the Ravens abandon the ground game, they lose. It is really that simple. The Ravens ran the ball twice in the second half against the Cowboys, despite averaging over five yards per carry in the game. The offense did nothing. Against the Jets the Ravens had less than ten rushing yards, but to be fair I have never seen them run the ball less. The second things go south, the Ravens offense abandons the running game all together. It is one reason the Ravens are so predictable.
This exasperates every problem the Ravens have. The offensive line has a harder game because they have to drop back in pass protection constantly. The Ravens struggle to throw the football with any efficiency but it seems to be the Ravens solution to everything.
The Ravens cannot continue to have an unbalanced attack. Flacco needs a strong running game to be successful. The Ravens give up on their ground attack quicker than a kid gives up on spinach. If there is more than a little resistance the Ravens just stop running the football. They cannot survive with this lopsidedly pass oriented offense.