Baltimore Ravens' Offense Will Continue To Struggle If Run Game Doesn't Improve

By Dan Abeshouse
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I really feel like I’m beating a dead horse here, but for the love of God, the Baltimore Ravens need to start running the ball. I figured they would this past week going against the 30th ranked rush defense of the Buffalo Bills, especially seeing as Ray Rice returned from injury. I figured wrong though, dead wrong.

Do you any of you know the significance of the number two? That’s the number of times the Ravens ran the ball in the second half against the Bills. They gave up on the run way too quickly. I can understand giving up on it if they were down a lot, but the Ravens cut the Bills lead to 20-14 half way through the third quarter. The Ravens were driving and had seized the momentum. A few runs here and there might have been nice, but Joe Flacco kept throwing and throwing and on that same drive threw probably the worst of his five interceptions of the day.

I’m not saying to run the ball 40 times a game, but you have to run for more the two times in the second half, even if you are down a few scores (the Ravens were never down by more than 13). If Flacco has to throw over 40 times, then there’s going to be trouble. Someone should let OC Jim Caldwell know that Anquan BoldinDennis Pitta and Jacoby Jones aren’t out there to catch passes anymore, although Jones could be back in a few weeks.

The road for the Ravens doesn’t get any easier as they’ll travel to play a pretty good Miami Dolphins team next Sunday. It could be another ugly game if they don’t start to get this running game together.

Dan Abeshouse is a Baltimore Ravens Writer for Follow him on Twitter @Danabeshouse82, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google


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