The Ravens did a complete 180 in the running game from 2013 to 2014. After putting in the worst rushing performance in franchise history a year ago, the Ravens jumped up to seventh in the NFL at 126 rushing yards per game through 15 games. Justin Forsett became one of the league's biggest surprises, rushing for 1,147 yards, which ranks sixth, with eight touchdowns.
However, the last two games have gone against the recent trend. Against the Jaguars, the Ravens only totaled 93 yards, with the only reason being a late 28-yard run from Bernard Pierce. The Ravens were held to 33 yards this past Sunday against the Texans.
The fact the Ravens have struggled with the run is a tad concerning. In a must-win situation against the Browns, the Ravens will hope the running game can get back on track so they can at least do their part in hopefully getting to the playoffs.
Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak put the running issues on his shoulders and is hoping to fix the situation this Sunday against Cleveland.
"I'll tell you what, the last two weeks we struggled to run the ball, and us running the ball makes everything else go for us," Kubiak told reporters this week. "So, it was pretty obvious when you run the ball, what, 19 times last week for 30 yards, we're not going to throw [the ball] well probably, too. It has been a concern. It's something that we're working extremely hard on. Now, we have another challenge this week with some new faces up front. Hey, that's what it is. We have to figure out a way, because if we're going to win, we're usually going to run the ball well. So, I would like us to get back to it really quick."