Grading the 2022 Ravens offense at the bye week
How does the Baltimore Ravens’ offense rank roughly halfway through the 2022 season? Here’s a brief report card through nine games.
The Ravens have one of the most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks of all time in Lamar Jackson, so it’s only fitting that their offense is multi-layered as well.
As a generally run-heavy team, the Ravens have seen each of their running backs go off at some point this season: J.K. Dobbins was super productive in the Bills game, Gus Edwards shined in the Browns game, and Kenyan Drake most recently exploded against the Saints.
Throw in Justice Hill, too, and you have an all-around elite running back corps. That being said, Baltimore hasn’t seen consistent outings from Dobbins or Edwards due to nagging injuries, and the second half of the season will reveal just how well those two can perform when they return to the lineup.
Jackson, for his part, has been deadly on the ground, rushing for 635 yards and averaging a league-high 7.4 yards per attempt in 2022. His passing game, though, could use some work.
Baltimore Ravens’ offense through nine weeks has been above average
Despite all the talk in the offseason about multiple Ravens’ wide receivers’ potential breakout campaigns, the wideout unit as a whole has struggled through nine games.
Devin Duvernay has stood out as the most dependable of the bunch, but that’s not saying much. Neither Duvernay nor James Proche nor Tylan Wallace has been fed very much during games, in part due to Jackson’s reliance on his legs and in part due to Jackson’s tried-and-true relationship with his tight ends.
Rashod Bateman’s season-ending injury spells more bad news for this group as it doesn’t appear like any player is emerging into a bona fide WR1. Looking ahead, Baltimore’s talented tight end corps composed of Mark Andrews, Isaiah Likely, and Charlie Kolar should be able to sustain the team’s average passing game.
Jackson isn’t without his faults, either, and he currently holds a 62.3 pass completion percentage which ranks 25th in the league. He has improved at making the easy throws and will need to create more downfield opportunities to get the Ravens far in the postseason.
Considering all facets of the offense, the Ravens get a ‘B’ for how they’ve handled the ball in the air and on the ground.
The run game has a better chance of improving once key players return from injury, yet the passing game is arguably the more crucial piece that could make or break Baltimore’s playoff dreams.