Ravens: 3 ways the team can make a legitimate Super Bowl run

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3. The Ravens must find more balance on offense

Offensively, they have gotten little-to-no production from their running backs. Although the stat sheet says the Ravens have consistently run for over 100 yards this season, it has mostly been because of Lamar Jackson’s scrambles.

Latavius Murray has been good at finding the end zone, but other than that, the running game has been disappointing. The encouraging news is that Nick Boyle will be returning to the lineup soon.

He should add a huge boost to the Ravens running game with his physicality as a blocker. Coming out of the bye, as a run game guru, Greg Roman might add new wrinkles for the rushing attack.

Opposing defenses are solely focused on stopping the run. Outside of Jackson, the Ravens are severely missing that big-play threat from their backfield. Fans thought Ty’Son Williams was the answer, however, he has been in the Harbaugh doghouse for weeks now.

But as the running game has faltered, the passing game has flourished this season. Lamar Jackson is having a career year in all major passing statistics with the exception of touchdowns. With Jackson getting his weapons back on the field, I expect the touchdowns to increase in the second half.

As impressive as the passing game has been, the Ravens’ receiver room has never been at full strength. At the beginning of the season, Rashod Bateman was out with groin surgery. Then just before Bateman returned, Sammy Watkins went out with a hamstring injury.

It will be very exciting to see them both on the field with Jackson along with his other weapons. Both Bateman and Watkins compliment Marquise Brown very well and it shows on the field.

Although the Ravens have been able to beat teams with their passing game, they need to find a way to run the football effectively without relying on Jackson.

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With Jackson’s improvements in the passing game, if the Ravens can get their running game back on track, they will become an even more dangerous football team.