Baltimore Ravens: Ranking the top 3 strengths on the 2019 team
2. The Run Game:
The Ravens have invested in the passing game this offseason, but they also added to their ability to run the ball. If Ben Powers is the rookie he projects to be, Baltimore just got an upgrade at the left guard position. Mark Ingram has a chance to be the centerpiece of this offensive attack and it will be interesting to see how Justice Hill fits in. The Ravens know that they have to start throwing the ball more, but the ground attack was always going to be the big thing with the purple and black. Lamar Jackson was born to operate a run first offense that makes defenses constantly worried about him taking off in the open field.
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During the Ravens 6-1 stretch in the back half of the 2018 season, the Ravens were one of the most impressive teams running the football. Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon were a dynamic duo and their downhill running style fit Greg Roman’s design like a glove. The playoff loss to the Los Angeles Chargers proved that the Ravens needed to add another element to their offense. It didn’t mean that the Ravens running attack didn’t work.
The Ravens turned around an entire season with Jackson’s dual threat ability helping them churn out rushing yards. The running game got better. An improved passing attack will make the run game even more dangerous, because the offense will lose some of it’s predictability. The Ravens best play-maker touches the ball on every single play. The fact that he is just as capable of throwing a touchdown pass to Mark Andrews as he is blazing past everybody for a score is a weapon.