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Even without Ronnie Stanley, the Ravens must rely on the run game

Baltimore has to make Alex Collins and company the focus on Sunday

Baltimore Ravens v Tennessee Titans Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens are coming off their bye week with a very tough road game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. This game has huge playoff implications for both teams.

Left tackle Ronnie Stanley suffered a concussion two weeks ago in Tennessee, and Baltimore hoped that the bye would be enough for their 2016 first-round pick to heal. That wouldn't turn out to be the case as Stanley will miss today's game against the Packers, moving James Hurst to the left tackle spot and Luke Bowanko or Jermaine Eluemunor taking the left guard spot.

This is yet another vital blow at the worst possible time for the Ravens. The injury though, shouldn't stop what the Ravens must do in order to win the game; run the football.

Against the Tennessee Titans, the Ravens came out throwing early and often, while taking shots down field. A couple of those shots targeted Breshad Perriman. The game-plan didn't make sense at all and it is something that they've tried many times in the past.

The Ravens are not a pass-first team, never have and never will be. Also, trying to get Perriman going in Week 9 isn't very smart. He is what he is at this point. Baltimore must come out with the run game early, even without Stanley.

Getting Danny Woodhead back is a good addition to an otherwise lackluster offense, and his presence next to Alex Collins should help the offense turn it around. Collins is the workhorse and they must feed him the ball if they want any chance to beat the Packers.

This week, the team can still split carries from Collins, Woodhead, and Javorius Allen, but Collins has to be given 20 or more carries against a Packers defense that is currently ranked 17th against the run. The offensive line, without Stanley, has to get a push and create lanes against the Packers front. The Ravens can't be afraid to run the ball without their top offensive linemen in the chilly conditions Lambeau will present.