Ravens offense vs. Browns: 3 big things from the loss
3. The Ravens play-calling makes no sense:
Mark Ingram was averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He only got 12 carries. Justice Hill had two four yard runs. That’s the only rushing attempts he was given. Gus Edwards averaged 4.7 yards per carry and he only ran the ball six times. The Ravens have a perplexing ability to ignore the things they do well. Their play-calling ignored the fact that the Browns were consistently giving up chunks of yards on the ground. Jackson isn’t at fault here, however the heavy pass balance makes little sense here.
Speaking of the passing game, how do the Ravens justify taking almost no shots down the field? The Browns were down two starting cornerbacks, it seems like if the Ravens were going to focus on the passing attack, they could have been more aggressive. Marquise Brown had four receptions for 22 yards. The fastest deep threat in the NFL was working almost entirely on short routes. That makes sense. The Ravens didn’t keep Cleveland honest. Jackson averaged a little over seven yards per pass attempt. The Ravens ignored the deep portions of the field for the most part.
The Ravens seem to either have a bad plan coming into this game or they just lack an identity. They need to get back to being based on the ground and pound mentality. The run game needs to be the focal point of the offense and deep shots down the field have to be something the defense has to worry about. The Ravens play-calling makes no sense right now.