Harbaugh unconcerned with Ravens’ lopsided run-pass ratio
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  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.”
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.