Ravens offense: 3 things they must do against the Colts
2. Get Marquise Brown involved:
The Baltimore offense will likely need to get the ball to Marquise Brown in this game. Devin Duvernay is listed as questionable in this game with a thigh injury. Brown is coming off a game where he only had one catch for three yards. You could certainly understand if Brown felt like his talents were being wasted.
Brown hasn’t had a 100 yard game since the season opener, where he took the top off the Cleveland Browns’ defense. That’s a problem. In the pursuit of getting Jackson’s confidence up, the Ravens could call Brown’s name more in the passing game. The Ravens have a lot of speed at wide receiver and Brown is the top speedster. That has to yield more than it has in terms of catches and yards. It just has to, otherwise it’s a waste of one of the biggest assets the offense has.
The Colts have a strong defense however the Browns were able to put up 32 points on them. The Cincinnati Bengals put up 27 on them and Tee Higgins had over 100 receiving yards. There are big plays that can be had on this defense. Now, you have to wonder where the big plays are going to come from if not for Brown? Run the ball and take shots to Brown.
Mark Andrews has five touchdowns but he’s had some very modest games. Miles Boykin isn’t popping and that’s an understatement and Willie Snead‘s the most sure thing the Ravens have at this point. Sure, Jackson needs to throw for 200 yards or more on a weekly basis, but he needs pass catchers who can get him there.
Getting Brown going is synonymous with getting Jackson gone. It’s partly about Hollywood producing, it’s partly about Jackson hitting him when he’s open. This has to get done. It doesn’t quite make sense why it hasn’t happened. If Jackson loves throwing the ball so much, you’d think Greg Roman would call plays trying to get Brown the ball early and often.