Ravens rank No. 1 in rush yards per game in the NFL

Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken committed 41 play calls to a running the ball in week 9.  After the 298 total rush yard output, the Ravens now rank No.1 in the NFL in rush yards per game.

Criticism for Monken’s play calling were merited after week 8. As discussed previously, too many pass plays led to short Ravens drives and coverage sacks vs. Arizona. Monken must’ve taken note.

Versus Seattle, the Ravens ruled the time of possession 40:06 to 19:56 and converted 29 first downs. Consequently, long offensive drives led by establishing the rush attack allowed a well rested Ravens defense to unleash their brutal pass rush.

An incredible performance by  undrafted running back Keaton Mitchell gives even more incentive for the Ravens to focus in on the ground-game moving forward. Mitchell totaled 138 rushing yards on nine carries, including a  60-yard fourth quarter run that was the dagger for a very fatigued Seahawks defense.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson was also optimized in the ground game, turning his 10 rush attempts into 60-yards. Ultimately, when Monken sticks with the run, the Ravens become a overall very dangerous team.

Story originally appeared on Ravens Wire