Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: 3 things we want to see
2. Ground and pound:
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The Ravens controlled the clock and ran the ball last season in a way they need to get back to. The Ravens need to grind long drives together and dictate the action in this game. Ravens vs. Steelers is always a battle of wills and running the ball down the Steelers throat is a way to send a statement in this game. The perfect formula for this one is three to four 10 minute drives that end in touchdowns.
The Ravens are averaging 205 rushing yards per game and the Steelers are giving up 122.8 yards per contest. The Ravens have to look at their top offensive strength and they have to ride with it. The goal for this game should be 300 yards on the ground. 120 of those yards should come from Mark Ingram. 80-100 of those yards should come from Lamar Jackson. The rest should be a combination of Gus Edwards and Justice Hill. If the Ravens really try to establish the running game they shouldn’t need more than 25 passes from Jackson to win this game.
Along with 300 yards as a goal for the running game, the offense should strive for holding the ball for 40 minutes. The Ravens average time of possession is a bit over 35 minutes. These goals are ones that the Ravens can accomplish. If the Ravens get 250 yards rushing and 36 minutes of possession that will work. The idea is to control this game with the offense on the field. The Steelers should have to answer the bell that the Ravens ring; the Ravens shouldn’t have to keep up with Pittsburgh.