The Ravens squeaked out a 13-7 win over Buffalo last Sunday in their season opener behind a hum-drum running game.
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh wants more from that unit this week.
“Three-point-three yards per carry is not what we’re looking for,” Harbaugh said according to the Baltimore Sun. “At times, I thought we had some good runs. We held the ball for 12 minutes in the fourth quarter. The last time, it was by the run game. I thought we had some real creative runs in there, some real schemed-up runs. We may have run [the outside flip] five times in the game and we ran it in the end, and Justin made their best player miss on the edge, and I think he got the first down. Before that, we had the jet sweep to Mike Wallace. Our guys executed those plays beautifully.”
The Ravens rushed for 83 total yards on 28 attempts Sunday, with 41 yards from Justin Forsett, 32 yards from Terrance West and 11 yards from Mike Wallace. Buck Allen was inactive and highly touted rookie Kenneth Dixon has a knee injury that could keep him out a few more weeks. But Baltimore still has depth at the position with Pro-Bowler Forsett, and West, who had a pretty solid preseason and summer training camp.
The o-line didn’t block great vs. the Bills, something Harbaugh noted during his post-game comments.
“The nuts and bolts runs, we were hit and miss. Some of it is their front. Some of it is us not executing, not blocking, not running to the right spot, all those kinds of things,” he said via the Sun. “We just have to get better. There’s no magic formula. We just have to become really good at it and run against the right fronts at the right time and execute.”