Yesterday, today and tomorrow, we are going to bring you our Ravens101 suggested To Do list for the Baltimore Ravens as they head into their bye week. This team has a lot of areas it can improve on for the final nine games of the season, but we have narrowed it down to four major ones and coming in at number two is the Ravens running game.
The Ravens inability to run the ball has been one of the biggest surprises this season as there were a lot of expectations with the two-headed monster of Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce and all but one starter on the offensive line returning from their Super Bowl Championship team, but unfortunately over the first seven games it has been nonexistent.
Despite Baltimore averaging 26.4 carries per game, the Ravens have the fifth worst average rushing yards per game at just 74 rushing yards per game. Even worse for the Ravens is the fact that they are averaging just 2.8 yards per carry, which is, brace yourself, dead last in all of football. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who would probably lose to a compilation of practice squad players from around the league, is averaging more yards per carry than Baltimore is.
You may be asking yourself, well is Rice or Pierce better in regards to yards per carry? Nope, both running backs are averaging 2.8 yards per carry and rank 48th and 49th in the NFL.
The running game has been absolutely abysmal this season and it gets even worse when you dive into the numbers a little deeper as Baltimore is averaging just four rushing first downs per game, which is 26th in the NFL, while they also rank in the bottom half of the league with just 0.7 rushing touchdowns per game.
It is no secret that in any level of football, if a team cannot run the football, they are going to struggle to pass the ball and win football games. If Baltimore can turn around their running game over the last nine games, their passing game is going to get much better as well as a successful running game will make opposing defenses bring an extra guy or two into the box and softening coverage of the wide receivers and making the play action a legit weapon for the offense.
Ravens Bye Week To Do List:
- #4 Special Teams Defense
- #3 Secondary
- #2 Running Game
- #1 Check back tomorrow to see what should be the top priority
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