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Lamar Jackson Advocates for Ravens to Change Offensive Identity

Devon Platana
Lamar Jackson has advocated for the Baltimore Ravens to change their offensive identity.
Lamar Jackson has advocated for the Baltimore Ravens to change their offensive identity. / AP Photos/Julio Cortez

Despite leading by as many as 21 points, the Baltimore Ravens couldn't find a way to finish off the Miami Dolphins in their 42-38 loss on Sunday. Some fans are blaming the loss due to the Ravens not running the ball as much as they did in the past. However, quarterback Lamar Jackson doesn't have an issue with the team's new offensive identity.

Jackson told reporters after the game that "it's not the Ravens of the past no more." He went on to say that if Baltimore is having success in the passing game, then they should continue to air it out.

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Jackson may be on to something, as the Ravens have been passing more this year. Through two weeks, they're averaging 264.5 passing yards per game (10th in NFL), which is noticeably above last year's average of 233.0 per game (13th in NFL).

On the flip side, Baltimore ranks 19th in rushing yards per game with 109.0 after rating third last year with 145.8 rushing yards per game. Furthermore, the team has finished with a top-three rushing attack every season since Jackson was drafted 32nd overall in 2018.

Nevertheless, it's easy to see why Ravens fans would be frustrated with the run game disappearing. Baltimore led Miami, 35-21, entering the fourth quarter, but the Ravens' inability to close out the game on the ground allowed the Dolphins to claw their way back and win with a last-minute touchdown.

It also doesn't help that Baltimore's backfield isn't 100%. Starting running back J.K. Dobbins is still sidelined by a knee injury, while Kenyan Drake and Mike Davis aren't exactly in their primes anymore. Needless to say, Jackson needs help because he can't be the team's leading rusher every game.

Ravens vs Patriots Week 3 Odds

Only time will tell if the Ravens have more of a balanced attack in Week 3. They're set for a road game with the New England Patriots, where Baltimore is currently -3 road favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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