A lot has been circled around the Baltimore Ravens about running the ball more and keeping Ray Rice involved at all times. The team definitely heard that chatter on the outside as the team rushed for a season-high 133 yards in a 26-23 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Some people on the outside looking in on the situation will say, “see the Ravens should have done that all along.” But they have to understand that the situation with the team and real lack of running lanes caused the Ravens to throw more.
The offensive line clearly had its best game of the season even though they had their miscues with Joe Flacco still getting hit a lot over the course of the game. But it’s really good to finally see the Ravens on offense commit to something and do it well. I think the trade for left tackle Eugene Monroe provided a wake up call and a spark for the offensive line.
Rice rushed for 74 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns. Not great, but it is a start for running back who has had hip issues over the last three weeks. Can the Ravens establish the running game from here on out? I personally doubt it. This offensive line still isn’t good enough to be trusted.
The Ravens improve their record to 3-2, as they hold the tiebreaker for first place in the AFC North. The defending Super Bowl champions are still alive despite all of the injuries and the so called “leadership issues” on the team. They know how to win. They aren’t great, but they have been here before.