The Baltimore Ravens were talked up as a team to watch out for heading into the 2023 NFL season because of the revamped offensive scheme they were installing under Todd Monken.
Monken was named the new offensive coordinator for the Ravens and under his guidance, Lamar Jackson was going to be unleashed as a passer.
So far, Jackson does seem to have more free reign to throw the football though Baltimore has remained true to its roots as a running team.
The backfield took a huge hit, though, when it lost J.K. Dobbins for the rest of the season due to a torn Achilles he suffered in Week 1.
In his stead, the Ravens trotted out Gus Edwards and Justice Hill who were able to help Baltimore take their first win of the year.
However, with Dobbins lost for the year and Hill ruled out for Week 3 with a toe injury the Ravens decided to bring up Melvin Gordon and Kenyan Drake from the practice squad via Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Baltimore also released backup QB Josh Johnson, so Tyler "Snoop" Huntley will back up Lamar Jackson on Sunday.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 23, 2023
Edwards is expected to handle the bulk of the early down snaps, so that would leave Gordon and Drake to split the passing down work.
Fortunately for Baltimore, Indianapolis doesn’t boast much of a run defense so Edwards should have plenty of opportunity to churn out yards and potentially even score.
Although Monken would like to keep pressure on teams by throwing on them, the game plan should feature a heavy dose of Edwards and designed runs for Jackson.
Despite being shorthanded, this is a game the Ravens should win.NEXT: Ravens Have Ruled Out Several Key Players For Sunday's Game