Evolution continues for the Ravens offense


Only two teams that finished in the top 10 in all-out offense missed the NFL playoffs – the Ravens and the Los Angeles Chargers.

Baltimore was sixth, averaging 378.8 yards per game, but will join the Chargers, who were fourth (390.2 yards), as the underdogs when the playoffs begin on Saturday.

Finishing No.6 on offense is a feat in a season in which Lamar Jackson missed five games, Ronnie Stanley missed all but one, and JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards missed the entire season. And there were other key absences as well.

However, there were plenty of frustrating moments for the Ravens’ offense, especially during the six-game losing streak that cost them a playoff berth.

The Ravens have only reached 30 points once in their last nine games. They were already falling apart offensively before Jackson’s ankle injury on Dec. 12, and slow starts have been a problem all season. In eight of their 17 games, the Ravens were shut out in the first quarter. Baltimore didn’t charge their opponents enough to blitz them heavily, and the through-ball success virtually wiped out offense down the home stretch. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has been held within 50 yards in each of her last five games, despite her first 1,000-yard season.

Despite a career year for Mark Andrews, who has become the NFL’s most productive tight end, the Ravens are heading into the offseason knowing their offense must continue to evolve.

“On offense I don’t feel like we’ve been really playing to our potential all season – running, passing,” Brown said. “I feel like we have a lot of stuff left. The guys came in and helped us out tremendously. But losing Gus and JK was a big blow to us. I know that in the future, it gives a lot of courage on the attack and a lot of excitement knowing that we didn’t play our best ball and found ways to win but we had to – if these were games where we had to run more , games we had to speed up, games we had to skip. I feel like we’ve shown that we can do a lot with this offense. Put it all together, put the pieces together, add people back and getting more people is going to be exciting. “


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