Why Baltimore Ravens should go for 2 more often
This may be an unpopular opinion but the Ravens should go for two more often:
The Baltimore Ravens should go for two more often. It may be an unpopular decision when Justin Tucker is automatic on PAT’s but hear me out. The Ravens are more equipped to score on a two point try than any team in the league.
They are typically great in short yardage situations. Greg Roman has more ways to pick up two yards on the ground than any offensive coordinator. Lamar Jackson gives the Ravens a dual threat quarterback that can make anything happen.
In the 2019 regular season the Ravens converted on 17 out of 24 fourth down attempts. We already know the Ravens are the most aggressive team in the NFL. Sometimes it backfires (See divisional playoffs) but sometimes it pays off in a big way. The Ravens should extend their fourth down mindset to the two point conversion.
The Ravens efficiency last year was awesome. They converted 47 percent of the time on third downs. They converted 70 percent of the time on fourth down. There was a reason the offense dominated in time of possession.
The distance needed for most fourth down tries is usually similar or less than the distance needed for a two point conversion. Simple math suggests the Ravens would be have a great fourth down success rate.
If the Ravens score four touchdowns and go for two each time, chances are it will work out. If the Ravens get each two point conversion that’s 32 points rather than 28. If the Ravens get just two of the two point tries they get the 28 points anyway. If you’re going to be successful more times than you’re not, it’s the smart play.
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There are times when going for a two point try wouldn’t be warranted. Harbaugh shouldn’t make a two point try an automatic thing. It’s just something the Ravens could do more. It gives the Ravens another chance to tire out defenses. Last year the Ravens would hold the ball for long drives and score. Imagine the defense having to stop Lamar Jackson on extra plays. It feeds right into the Ravens mindset.
With Jackson included the Ravens had three players who averaged five yards or more per carry. Justice Hill averaged almost four yards per carry and adding J.K. Dobbins can’t hurt this argument.
Jackson was also great as a thrower in the red zone. It just seems like the Ravens could add a lot of points to the board by going for two more often. Baltimore’s next revolutionary idea could be attacking the PAT differently than anybody else.
Last season the Harbaugh kept his foot on the gas in every game. The Ravens didn’t scrape their way to victory. They crushed most of their opponents. The aggressive mindset works with this team. It energizes this team. It’s something to think about as we look ahead to next season.