Photo Courtesy: USA Today

Establishing Rush Tough Task vs. Denver

September 18, 2018 - 11:28 am

By Austin Medina 

After a successful performance on the ground against the lowly Bills, the Ravens hit a roadblock in Cincinnati.

In all fairness, the Ravens didn’t have to establish the run against Buffalo in the season opener. The Ravens jumped on them early and never let up.

In week 2, the Ravens fell behind big early, as they trailed 28-7 at one point. Alex Collins ran for just 35 yards and only carried the ball nine times. Buck Allen averaged just 1.3 yards per carry. Additionally, the Ravens will be without lead-rusher Kenneth Dixon for the remainder of the season.

The Ravens should look to use Collins, and alot of usage at that.

Establishing the rush is critical to what the Ravens need to do in order to pile up victories. An effective run game helps time of possession and pace of the game, traits any team should look toward. The passing game is more much efficient when there are play-action plays worked in.

The Ravens will have a tough opponent on the ground, as the Broncos rank in the top-5 against average yards per carry (3.6). Denver also ranks 6th in league in total rushing yards allowed per game (78 yards).

The Ravens offensive line endured a beat down by the hands of the Bengals. Cincy controlled tempo for a majority of the game by stabilizing the line of scrimmage. If the Ravens look to defend home field and beat the Broncos, they need to win the battle on the line.