Lamar Jackson is the frontrunner for MVP because he is not only the most important piece of the Baltimore Ravens' passing attack but also their most valuable and best rusher. The Ravens' rushing offense is one of the best in the NFL, but that is mainly because Jackson makes so many big plays with his feet. The running back corps has not lived up to expectations.
The Baltimore Ravens need more production from their running backs
The Ravens started to get rookie Keaton Mitchell into the mix, and he slowly became the number-one back on the offense. However, he tore his ACL, which will not only sideline him this year, he will likely be missing games early into next season as well.
This left the Ravens with Gus Edwards and Justice Hill. Edwards has plenty of touchdowns, but that is mainly because they have only been using him in goal-line and short-yardage situations recently. They were replacing him on early downs with Keaton Mitchell.
Of course, with Mitchell out of the picture, they had to go back to Edwards. Edwards did catch a 39-yard ball and scored another touchdown near the goal line. However, he otherwise had just nine rushes for 31 yards.
Justice Hill has been a major disappointment all season. If it were not for his pass blocking, the Ravens would have completely benched him for Keaton Mitchell. In his return to a bigger role, Hill had ten rushes for 26 yards. He also added three catches for 31 yards and continued to do his thing in pass protection. Still, the Ravens will eventually need more from their running back duo in the playoffs. When they are in a tight, one-score game with five or six minutes left, can they run the football and grind teams out with Edwards or Hill?
Can either of them establish momentum on the ground if Lamar Jackson starts off slow or hits a tough patch of plays in the playoffs? Right now, they have not shown enough.