Baltimore Ravens: 3 Tricks, 3 treats of the 2019 season
Treat number 2: The ground game
The Ravens are the best running offense in the NFL. They rush for 204.1 yards per game and they have a few players who show up big in the box score for each game. Jackson leads the way with 83 rushing attempts for 576 yards. Mark Ingram II has 470 yards on 99 attempts. Gus Edwards has 52 carries for 234 yards. As a team the Ravens run for 5.5 yards per attempt. Even Justice Hill (who only has gotten 18 attempts) averages over four yards per carry.
The run game has been so good it’s almost hard to believe. The exciting thing is that when Ingram and Edwards get slowed down, you can still expect production from Jackson’s scrambles and designed runs. The Ravens run game is a promise. The Ravens promise to deliver with it each Sunday and so far they haven’t broken their word. The most exciting part of a Ravens game is when they use the running game to these glorious results.
Say what you want about the offensive line, run blocking hasn’t been an issue. The scary thing is that the Ravens haven’t even been as good as they could be on the ground. The offensive line is getting to their blocks fairly well, yet they aren’t springing huge runs left and right. The fact that there is still room for improvement for the best running team in the NFL, shows how much of a treat this is. If the Ravens start getting more big runs with better blocking at the second level of the defense, that’s like taking the entire bowl of candy.