Har­baugh un­con­cerned with Ravens’ lop­sided run-pass ra­tio

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OWINGS MILLS — Head coach John Har­baugh saw no is­sue with the Ravens’ of­fen­sive bal­ance one day after Bal­ti­more’s 12-9 AFC North loss to the Cleve­land Browns.

“We ran it [25] times. That’s a lot of times to run it in this league,” Har­baugh said Mon­day. “If you look at the num­bers around the league, that’s a lot.”

The Ravens threw the ball 57 times even though, sta­tis­ti­cally, Bal­ti­more ran the ball fairly well, av­er­ag­ing 4.6 yards per at­tempt.

“You have to what­ever you can do to move the ball and score points. We’ve been do­ing a pretty good job of that un­til this last game,” Har­baugh said. “We just didn’t put more points on the board. Nine points – 3, 3 and 3 – it’s tough to win games that way. That’s the bot­tom line. This run-pass bal­ance thing, I don’t un­der­stand why it’s a topic.”

Quar­ter­backs Joe Flacco and La­mar Jack­son ac­counted for five of the rush at­tempts. Flacco has thrown 227 passes this sea­son, the sec­ond most at­tempts in the NFL. He is on pace to at­tempt the most passes in a sea­son for his ca­reer.

Alex Collins (12) and Buck Allen (eight) com­bined for the other 20. Collins, the starter, av­er­aged an im­pres­sive 4.9 yards per at­tempt and Allen av­er­aged 4.3 in Cleve­land.

Collins ran for 19 yards on the game’s first play, and for 9 yards two plays later. He played a sea­son-low 27 snaps Sun­day.

Collins is deal­ing with a knee in­jury and has lost two fum­bles on the year. He still re­mains the Ravens most ef­fec­tive rusher, av­er­ag­ing 3.8 yards on 58 car­ries on the sea­son. Allen av­er­ages just 2.8 yards per carry on 34 at­tempts. As a team, Bal­ti­more is av­er­ag­ing 3.4 yards per carry, which ranks 30th in the NFL.

Har­baugh said he ex­pects the Ravens to have a big game on the ground even­tu­ally. When they do, the run game won’t sud­denly be­come a fin­ished prod­uct.

“It’s week-to-week. The whole no­tion of, are you head­ing in the right di­rec­tion, are you not head­ing in the right di­rec­tion? You just keep work­ing. You have to keep grind­ing. When we come out and run for 200 yards, which we will, it’s not go­ing to be fixed. The next game is go­ing to be a new game,” he said. “I don’t think it’s much of a trend as every­body wants to look at it. The big-pic­ture trends just re­ally aren’t there. You can look back at the end of the year maybe and fig­ure some things out, but yeah, we’re con­cerned. We want to run the ball well. We’re work­ing as hard as we can to do it.”

(JEFF HAYNES/AP IM­AGES FOR PANINI)

Bal­ti­more Ravens run­ning back Alex Collins (34) runs the ball against the Cleve­land Browns dur­ing an NFL game, Sun­day, Oct. 7, 2018, in Cleve­land. The Browns won 12-9 in over­time.

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