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Ravens game-plan vs. Saints should be to just run

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The Ravens only need to do one thing vs. the Saints to win — run.

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Disclaimer: I'm not drunk and am about 50% joking when writing this article.

You saw how running backs dominated the NFL on Sunday and Monday. Jamaal Charles had 20 carries for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Jeremy Hill had 27 carries for 152 yards. Jonas Gray had 38 carries for 201 yards and four touchdowns while helping the Patriots dominate the time of possession 34:21 to 25:39. Le'Veon Bell put the Steelers on his back, with 33 carries for 204 yards and a touchdown, which helped them win the time of possession battle with 39:49 vs. the Titans 20:11.

That's what's going to lead the Ravens to victory against the Saints: running the ball. Only running it.

The Ravens can tell Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro to take the day off. Heck, they can tell Joe Flacco that he can have the night off too.

Because the only offense they need is Eugene Monroe, Kelechi Osemele, Jeremy Zuttah, Marshal Yanda, Rick Wagner, John Urschel, Crockett Gillmore, Owen Daniels (as blocking tight ends only), Kyle Juszczyk, Lorenzo Taliaferro, and Justin Forsett. They'll run through the Saints defense all night. They might even end the idea of the forward pass.

No handoffs, just straight snaps to the RB.

Jokes aside, Hill's game against the Saints is evidence of why the Ravens should be able to find success running the ball early and often. Just let Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro go to work and the rest will take care of itself.