The Ravens ran their way into the record book Sunday.
Baltimore set the NFL single 16-game-season team rushing record, breaking a mark that had stood for 41 years. The 1978 New England Patriots rushed for 3,165 yards, during an era when running the football was much more prevalent.
Baltimore needed 93 yards Sunday to set the record, and players and coaches entered the match aware that the mark was within reach.
Running back Gus Edwards set the tone, exploding for a 38-yard run late in the first quarter, and Baltimore ended the first quarter with 89 yards rushing, just four yards short of the record. Then early in the second quarter, Edwards broke the record on a 9-yard rumble up the middle.
In today’s NFL, a team rushing for over 3,000 yards in a season is unheard of Nobody had come close to the Patriots’ record in the years since.
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Baltimore’s rushing attack and the innovative schemes used by Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman are also unique.
The Ravens had two players who rushed for over 1,000 yards, Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram II. Jackson set the NFL single-season rushing record for a quarterback (1,206 yards), running behind an offensive line that featured two Pro Bowlers in left tackle Ronnie Stanley and right guard Marshal Yanda.
The Ravens also have a Pro Bowl fullback (Patrick Ricard) and one of the league’s best blocking tight ends in Nick Boyle.
Jackson, Ingram, Stanley and Yanda were all inactive versus the Steelers on Sunday, but Baltimore’s rushing attack kept rolling. Sunday was the latest example of why Baltimore’s rushing attack is one for the ages, and the best in the NFL by a wide margin.
The Ravens entered Sunday’s match averaging 204.9 yards rushing, more than 59 yards ahead of the next best team, the San Francisco 49ers.
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