Ravens’ running game atop the NFL, across the board

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The Ravens have the best rushing offense in the NFL, but saying that doesn’t come close to explaining the extent to which Baltimore’s rushing attack dominates the NFL.

The Ravens lead the NFL in all seven of the major rushing statistics tracked by the NFL: rushing attempts, rushing yards, yards per carry, first downs, touchdowns, rushes of 20 or more yards and rushes of 40 or more yards. Last year six different teams were the leaders in those seven categories. (The Ravens, who led the league in both attempts and first downs last year, were the only team to lead the league in more than one of those categories in 2018.)

Baltimore’s league-leading rushing yards per game average is so far ahead of the pack that no other team is even in the same neighborhood: Baltimore averages more than 200 yards while no other team even averages 150, and the difference between first-place Baltimore (203.1 yards) and second-place San Francisco (149.0) yards, is greater than the difference between San Francisco and the 20th place Rams (97.6 yards).

With quarterback Lamar Jackson and running back Mark Ingram both on pace to finish the season with more than 1,000 rushing yards individually, and the Ravens as a team on pace to finish with 3,250 yards, this Baltimore team may have the greatest rushing attack in NFL history.

70 responses to “Ravens’ running game atop the NFL, across the board

  1. Save your money Lamar. The “running quarterbacks club” doesn’t have any long term members, but that doesn’t stop whoever is the latest and greatest from trying to be the president of the club.

  2. Another one of those misleading / meaningless stats.
    They lead the league in rushing because their QB runs more then he passes.

    A virtual asterisk on “best rushing teams ever”

  3. “The “running quarterbacks club” doesn’t have any long term members”

    No “club” has any long term members, but we should really do something about these poor pocket passers, they’re dropping like flies this year. Do I need give you the rundown?

  4. stellarperformance says:

    November 21, 2019 at 5:35 am

    Save your money Lamar. The “running quarterbacks club” doesn’t have any long term members, but that doesn’t stop whoever is the latest and greatest from trying to be the president of the club.
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    I am sure some people said he same thing to Russell Wilson, turned out pretty damn well for him.

    Lamar is a quarterback because he is good enough to be, and then some, however I genuinely believe he is as good at running as passing, its remarkable, better than Vick ever was, at both passing and running ( I used Vick as an example as he is the closest thing to Lamar we have ever seen )

    Between him, Ingram and Edwards, of course its great fun to watch, we should all just sit back and enjoy

  5. stellarperformance says:
    November 21, 2019 at 5:35 am
    Save your money Lamar. The “running quarterbacks club” doesn’t have any long term members, but that doesn’t stop whoever is the latest and greatest from trying to be the president of the club.

    What about the “tied for fourth in passing TD’s, (More than Rodgers and Brady) and top 5 in QB rating (higher than Brees, Prescott, Watson, Rodgers)” club?
    Must suck that this is your only argument to hang your hat on and you don’t see the whole picture with this guy and his progression.

  6. I love how people are piling on Lamar because he’s a great runner. The old guard is saying that running QBs don’t last in the NFL. Well, things are changing. Watson, Wilson, Jackson, even Mahomes, are starting to put the lie to that old cliche about running QBs not being able to last. The NFL is evolving, quarterbacks are running, and the game is more exciting because of it. Stay healthy, Lamar, because you are fun to watch.

  7. It’s all fun and games until one helmet hits the knee and this team loses every remaining game they play thereafter.

  8. Love that the Ravens are finally getting their due at the national level. Harbaugh has always been underrated as a coach and the team is playing at the best level they have in years. Haters will always be there, but this team is undaunted.

  9. stellarperformance says:
    November 21, 2019 at 5:35 am
    Save your money Lamar. The “running quarterbacks club” doesn’t have any long term members, but that doesn’t stop whoever is the latest and greatest from trying to be the president of the club.
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    Russell Wilson has carried the ball over 750 times including playoffs. He’s never missed a game. In fact, statistically, running QBs tend to get injured at a slightly lesser rate than pocket passers according to people who actually do research.

  10. I love how people are piling on Lamar because he’s a great runner. The old guard is saying that running QBs don’t last in the NFL. Well, things are changing. Watson, Wilson, Jackson, even Mahomes, are starting to put the lie to that old cliche about running QBs not being able to last. The NFL is evolving, quarterbacks are running, and the game is more exciting because of it. Stay healthy, Lamar, because you are fun to watch.

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    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Watson tear an acl and miss half a season a couple years ago, and mahomes miss time this year with a dislocated knee cap? Not to mention how beat up Wilson gets year in and year out

  11. The current leader? 1978 Patriots. 3,165 yards in a season. It would be quite a feat to break a record that has stood for so long, and they have a good chance.

    Also, it shows that many “new” things we see in the NFL have been done before.

  12. “It’s all fun and games until one helmet hits the knee and this team loses every remaining game they play thereafter.”

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    which is the same thing that can be said for every other team in the NFL……

  13. RG3, Marriota , Krapernick etc… same old story same eventual result. since the win against the Patriots the NFL has promoted Lamar as the future of the NFL . Once the playoffs come around the Patriots are going to chop him down with reality just like they did with McVay and Goff . They haven’t recovered since.

  14. v2787 says:
    The old guard is saying that running QBs don’t last in the NFL. Well, things are changing. Watson, Wilson, Jackson, even Mahomes, are starting to put the lie to that old cliche…
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    I notice you left off several names like Newton, Winston, Kaep, Tebow.. but even the one SB winner Wilson had some naff injury-lessened years and spends a lot less time running now.

  15. stellarperformance says:
    November 21, 2019 at 5:35 am
    Save your money Lamar. The “running quarterbacks club” doesn’t have any long term members, but that doesn’t stop whoever is the latest and greatest from trying to be the president of the club.
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    Steve Young, Fran Tarkenton, Randall Cunningham, and Russell Wilson are all wondering what the heck you’re talking about. Even Mike Vick was only sidelined for an extended period by prison not not injuries.

  16. freedomofspeechyesway says:
    November 21, 2019 at 6:50 am
    “The “running quarterbacks club” doesn’t have any long term members”

    No “club” has any long term members, but we should really do something about these poor pocket passers, they’re dropping like flies this year. Do I need give you the rundown?
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    Well the poor pocket passers you mention had Brady, Manning, the list could go on..

  17. …the wave of the future…you all do know that know team that has led the nfl in passing yardage during the regular season as ever won the super bowl, don’t you…

  18. “Well the poor pocket passers you mention had Brady, Manning”

    First, you name two of the best ever as some kind of standard for your argument, which is silly. Second, both of those guys had serious injuries during their career that resulted in them missing double digit games, which is ironic.

  19. catquick says:

    The problem is, if you fall behind, you have a problem.
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    And when, exactly, was the last time the Ravens had trailed in a game?

    Not to mention that the Ravens are outscoring their opponents on opening drives 47-0 this season.

  20. I havent watched them enough…but I think NOW is the best time for Ravens to beat Patriots and get to SB…

    Lamar still super young and not banged up yet…running qb’s guys seem to peak EARLY before getting nicked or hurt and lose some of that explosiveness.

    Right now he is playing like Superman and THIS is their year – whether they are ready or not.

  21. I am sure some people said he same thing to Russell Wilson, turned out pretty damn well for him.

    Lamar is a quarterback because he is good enough to be, and then some, however I genuinely believe he is as good at running as passing, its remarkable, better than Vick ever was, at both passing and running ( I used Vick as an example as he is the closest thing to Lamar we have ever seen )

    Between him, Ingram and Edwards, of course its great fun to watch, we should all just sit back and enjoy

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    Obviously you never saw Vick or even Randall Cunningham play. Both were better players then Lamar.

    Vick could have been the greatest ever if he had a coach that would have reigned him in when he was younger and taught him how to really play the QB position.

  22. And another “the Ravens and Lamar are the GOAT” article. This is the team that is 2nd place in the AFC, and overall sitting behind two teams with better records and tied with 3 others that have the same record, right?
    Just don’t want those facts to rain on the Ravens’ coronation celebration.
    Can we please let Lamar and this offense win a playoff game first? Just one?

  23. The game is evolving. Who thought the Ravens would be ahead of the curve on this? Not a fan of Harbaugh (either one) but you have to give he and the Ravens their due. They ditched a boring game and QB in favor of something fun to watch.

  24. Ravens are tough this year no question. Likely see you in Foxboro in January with the winner going to the Super Bowl

  25. bullcharger says:
    November 21, 2019 at 8:25 am
    The current leader? 1978 Patriots. 3,165 yards in a season. It would be quite a feat to break a record that has stood for so long, and they have a good chance.
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    I believe Steve Grogan was the QB on that team. As I recall he was a pretty good running QB.

  26. I hope Lamar can stay healthy…I think the odds are against it, but there’s always an outlier…
    HOWEVER…
    Drew Brees:
    Until the Rams game this season, Brees had missed ONE game since his Junior year in High School, 1995.
    24 YEARS AGO
    2 years BEFORE LAMAR WAS BORN
    One Game since 1995

  27. kcflake says:
    November 21, 2019 at 7:01 am
    I did enjoy watching my chiefs defeat the Ravens, twice the last 2 seasons.

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    How did you enjoy watching the NE Patriots beat your team twice last season?

  28. This running long term QB long thing getting hurt is such a fallacy! Who are we basing this on? RG3? Who else?
    Vick, Cunningham and McNabb played for years, Cam got hurt in the pocket. Vince Young didn’t get hurt and he had a better winning percentage than most QBs that sniff the NFL. Flutie, Tebow…the lost goes on and on, no injuries. And what about the pocket QBs that stay hurt? There are tons of those guys! No need to even name them.
    Such a lame topic…every football play could be your last one for any player.

  29. jimmygandme49 says:
    November 21, 2019 at 9:30 am
    And another “the Ravens and Lamar are the GOAT” article. This is the team that is 2nd place in the AFC, and overall sitting behind two teams with better records and tied with 3 others that have the same record, right?

    ++++++++++++done.
    Nobody said Lamar is GOAT (yet), just that he’s doing something at a level, so far, that’;s remarkable, and fun to watch. As for the records, they can be deceiving – and you ignore that virtually every analysis shows the the Pats have one of the easiest schedules in the League. Results at end of the season will tell us the story, not records mid-season.

    Some Pats fans are so insecure they cannot stand it when it looks like someone takes a bit of limelight from their Brady cult.

  30. Oh my God, who can stop the Ravens??

    I do agree they’re fun to watch when they’re not playing New England.

  31. likuidsmoke says:
    November 21, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Didn’t we hear this running QB era taking over stuff back in 2012-2013 too? Check the list of SB winning QB’s since…
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    Not sure about that, but it’s happening now…
    Still kinda dumb topic. How many QBs not named Brady has won a SB since 2013? And what was the percentage of running QBs vs drop back guys? So, 2 or 3 running QBs out of 32 are supposed to win the SB every other year? Boy, bye.

  32. kcflake says:

    November 21, 2019 at 7:01 am

    I did enjoy watching my chiefs defeat the Ravens, twice the last 2 seasons.

    Keep saying that as you watch your defense give up more games this season.

    Unlike you, I admit you have a good team. But “the kid” won’t lose again to you this year. I promise you that.

  33. B-b-b-but, it’s a passing league!!!

    Kudos to Harbaugh and coaching staff for backing up their claim that this offense is revolutionary, at least so far this season…

  34. v2787 says:
    November 21, 2019 at 7:46 am
    I love how people are piling on Lamar because he’s a great runner. The old guard is saying that running QBs don’t last in the NFL. Well, things are changing. Watson, Wilson, Jackson, even Mahomes, are starting to put the lie to that old cliche about running QBs not being able to last. The NFL is evolving, quarterbacks are running, and the game is more exciting because of it. Stay healthy, Lamar, because you are fun to watch.

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    Wilson, Mahomes and Watson are all guys that can run it. Scrambling QBs with big arms have always done well in the NFL. Montana, Staubach, Tarkenton all were like that.

    Lamar is a bit different. He runs like a great back. More like Vick, McNair, McNabb, Cam. The challenge with that style isn’t that it doesn’t work. It does work. Those players had tons of success and went very deep in the playoffs. It’s that it doesn’t last for that many seasons. Like RBs after 5 years, they lose a step eventually and have to rely more on their arm. That combined with piling on of hits make them less effective than they were over time.

    I really don’t see the NFL evolving. It’s always been better to have a better athlete at QB, but their primary skill is still the ability to read defenses and deliver the ball accurately. If they can run it too it makes them even better.

    Just staying an elite runner into a QBs 30s, which is usually their prime for understanding the game, is very difficult.

  35. I am a diehard Steelers fan. It drives me crazy that my favorite team will have to compete with a Jackson-led team for the next several years. That said, I don’t understand all of the negative comments regarding Jackson (I won’t say hate because I find it hard to believe anyone can hate another person over a sporting event). Jackson is an amazing athlete, Gale Sayers-like on the run, above average passer, a natural leader, and a nice kid with a great personality. Any QB is one hit away from a season ending injury (see Rodgers last year, Foles and Mahomes this year, etc). Jackson is not immune from that possibility, but many on here seem to be gleeful at the chance that Jackson might be injured while running the ball. Really?

    This is the NFL and defenses will eventually be able to devise a way to slow Jackson down, but for now, he is a joy to watch for any true football fan.

  36. Lamar is College football in the NFL.

    That is exactly what Harbaugh studied and brought in coaches to establish the Ravens as a College QB Running Scheme.

    It is boring to watch it the NFL.

  37. We’ve got to stop with all the “hating on” accusations. I don’t see many people saying Lamar is bad or being critical without some factual base to support their comments. Stop creating controversy.
    What most are saying is that Lamar is indeed a stud athlete, seems like a good leader, and is fun to watch… but that it’s too early to grant him MVP, GOAT, and all the amazing hyperbole and hyped-up accolades he is getting when we’re not even into December or the playoffs. That’s all. The ability of dual-threat QBs to win multiple Super Bowls and consistently make deep playoff runs has NEVER happened over the past 30 years in the NFL. Successfull seasons, sure. Sustained excellence? No.
    Defenses do adjust, injuries take their toll, and many of these running QBs have inaccurate arms. Those 3 factors are difficult to overcome over time.

  38. As a Rams fan I’m not feeling too good about their chances on Monday to beat the Ravens. I will say that the Run D has been stellar for the most part which is amazing considering that’s been their defensive achilles heal for a number of years. They are going to have to have their best defensive and offensive game of the year or this game is over before it even starts.

  39. “Obviously you never saw Vick or even Randall Cunningham play. Both were better players then Lamar.

    Vick could have been the greatest ever if he had a coach that would have reigned him in when he was younger and taught him how to really play the QB position.”

    Randall Cunningham was a Raven, you know.

  40. Lamar’s head tells him to stand tall in the pocket, however his feet screams they’re going to kill you RUN! RUN! RUN!

  41. For Lamar to work long term, the NFL will need to significantly change the rules to protect running QBs. Can the NFL do it without turning the game into flag football? We will see.

  42. “broughtupbrowns says:
    November 21, 2019 at 6:41 am
    one shot is all it takes. its coming”

    You hope and pray for that, son! But…keep hoping cuz it ain’t happening, chief! These Ravens are gonna be a pain in the side of your Brownies for the next 10 years or so and take away the Championships that you and the ‘Factory of Sadness’ think could be yours!!! lmao!!!!

  43. ‘solo681 says:
    November 21, 2019 at 10:59 am
    Lamar is College football in the NFL.

    That is exactly what Harbaugh studied and brought in coaches to establish the Ravens as a College QB Running Scheme.

    It is boring to watch it the NFL.” (except…IF it was your team it would be GREAT!!!)

    Winning is not BORING, Chief! Just Win, Baby…Just Win!!!

  44. I need to jack up the price on Ritz and Keebler in the PFT Ravens comments sections with all of these dumb parrots just looking for someone to give them crackers, I mean thumbs ups…

  45. The ignorance on here is stunning. I’m not sure if it’s ignorance or something else. Go look at every “running” QB in history. How many of them actually got hurt running down field? Most get hurt in the pocket, with a few getting hurt trying to keep a play alive so they can throw it. Go watch Lamar and stop with the cliches. He’s probably one of the most decisive “running” QBs in history. He either throws from the pocket, or he takes off. He’s not pulling Big Bens or Watson’s and dancing around the pocket to extend a play. You haters are funny. Lamar has a unique skillset unlike any QB in history with his vision, quickness, agility and speed. But forget all that, don’t use any of that because people want to put you in a box and play how they want you to play. While we’re at it, lets tell Big Ben to stop extending plays, Tom Brady and the Patriots to stop running crossing routes, Mahomes to stop going deep and surround him with a bunch of possession receivers. Sheesh. Let this man play his game, that as of now, non of the so called geniuses who were suppose to have enough film by now can stop it. And please stop comparing him to RGIII and Capernick. He’s on another level. RGIII was reckless and got hurt because he came in the league lowering his shoulder trying to take on linebackers and safeties. Capernick was a straight line speed QB. No where close the running ability of Lamar.

  46. Kolo Jezdec says:
    November 21, 2019 at 10:58 am
    I am a diehard Steelers fan. It drives me crazy that my favorite team will have to compete with a Jackson-led team for the next several years. That said, I don’t understand all of the negative comments regarding Jackson (I won’t say hate because I find it hard to believe anyone can hate another person over a sporting event). Jackson is an amazing athlete, Gale Sayers-like on the run, above average passer, a natural leader, and a nice kid with a great personality. Any QB is one hit away from a season ending injury (see Rodgers last year, Foles and Mahomes this year, etc). Jackson is not immune from that possibility, but many on here seem to be gleeful at the chance that Jackson might be injured while running the ball. Really?

    This is the NFL and defenses will eventually be able to devise a way to slow Jackson down, but for now, he is a joy to watch for any true football fan.
    ___________________________________

    As a Ravens fan, much respect. I say the same thing about Big Ben and his ability to extend plays. I can’t count the games we lost from him extending a play. That in itself is an art.

  47. bullcharger says:
    November 21, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Wilson, Mahomes and Watson are all guys that can run it. Scrambling QBs with big arms have always done well in the NFL. Montana, Staubach, Tarkenton all were like that.

    Lamar is a bit different. He runs like a great back. More like Vick, McNair, McNabb, Cam. The challenge with that style isn’t that it doesn’t work. It does work. Those players had tons of success and went very deep in the playoffs. It’s that it doesn’t last for that many seasons. Like RBs after 5 years, they lose a step eventually and have to rely more on their arm. That combined with piling on of hits make them less effective than they were over time.

    I really don’t see the NFL evolving. It’s always been better to have a better athlete at QB, but their primary skill is still the ability to read defenses and deliver the ball accurately. If they can run it too it makes them even better.

    Just staying an elite runner into a QBs 30s, which is usually their prime for understanding the game, is very difficult.
    ________________________________

    THIS is a legitimate fact based criticism/concern. Not “high school offense”, “It won’t last”, “What happens when he falls behind” when he’s already been behind this year, or cherry picking stats to downplay what he’s doing this season. What’s funny to me is I see many saying slow your role when he’s getting praise, “let him win a playoff game first”, but some of these same people will spout off a list of QBs they feel are better than this 18 game 22 year old QB. So which is it? Give him time or not?

    As stated above, my concern as a Ravens fan is what happens when he ages. That’s why I hope he continues to improve as a passer. Father Time is undefeated and awareness, vision, and speed is the first to go. I’m concerned about injury as well, but that’s true of every player that puts on a uniform. I much prefer Lamar running where he can see the hit coming vs. in the pocket where there’s a greater likely hood of being blindsided where you can’t brace for the hit.

  48. I did enjoy watching my chiefs defeat the Ravens, twice the last 2 seasons.
    *************************************************************************
    that was tough! Excited about a possible rematch in the playoffs!!!

  49. Greg Roman is a very good coach. And like Ray Lewis that made many a Baltimore DC a rich man, Lamar will do the same for any Baltimore OC. Great players make coaches look good.

  50. “…and the difference between first-place Baltimore (203.1 yards) and second-place San Francisco (149.0) yards…” is greater than the actual distance between Baltimore & San Francisco.

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