2. Losing Justice Hill and Gus Edwards cost the Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens' running back core has seen a lot of shuffling in the early weeks of the season. This is another case where they could withstand the issues for a bit, but eventually, it became too much. The first big loss was Justice Hill.
The Ravens specifically were using Justice Hill as the backup for J.K. Dobbins, and they made sure to get Hill more experience this year than any others because they saw his role in the offense as valuable. Dobbins went down, and the team went to Hill, but it did not take long for Hill to end up on the IR. We are not sure when or if he will return.
So, the team went into the game expecting to split things up between Melvin Gordon and Gus Edwards, although they also added Kenyan Drake into the mix. Drake brings the speed element that Hill and Dobbins bring, but Gordon and Edwards do not.
The issue is that Drake fumbled early in the game when the Ravens had all of the momentum, and then Edwards left the game with a concussion. It put the Ravens in a tough spot. They had to trust Drake, despite just signing and fumbling, and had to role with Melvin Gordon.
When you consider Keaton Mitchel is on the IR, the Ravens are down to their fourth speed back behind Dobbins, Mitchell, and Hill. Then, Gordon is behind Edwards as the power back. They are onto their fifth and sixth running backs, and we are only three weeks into the season. That is going to cost this team.