Ravens were first team since 2011 Broncos to gain more rushing yards than passing
The Baltimore Ravens are considered to be the most complete team in the playoffs and for good reason. Ahead of Sunday’s contest against the Tennessee Titans, it was discovered that Baltimore is the first team since the 2011 Denver Broncos to gain more rushing yards than passing yards.
Throughout the regular season, the Ravens gashed opposing defenses for 3,296 yards on the ground. At the same time, Baltimore’s passing attack torched opposing defense for 3,225 yards.
Of course, Lamar Jackson contributed yards to both categories for the Ravens. The dynamic quarterback posted 3,127 yards, 36 touchdowns, and six interceptions as a passer. He also rushed for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns en route to being named a first-team All-Pro in 2019.
When the Broncos achieved the feat in 2011, Tim Tebow was Denver’s starting quarterback. Tebow finished the 2011 season with only 1,729 passing yards as the team’s starter.
With all due respect to Tebow, Jackson is a vastly better passer than the former NFL quarterback. That is why the Ravens are regarded as the toughest out in the postseason.
The Ravens went 14-2 during the regular season and actually won the final 12 games of the season. Baltimore won their games by being able to control the clock by running the football effectively with Jackson, Mark Ingram, and Gus Edwards.
In Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns, Ingram suffered a calf injury but is expected to play on Saturday night. But even if Ingram was unable to give it a go, the Ravens would likely be confident in their historic rushing attack versus the Titans.