The Baltimore Ravens had a long flight back home following Monday’s thrilling game in Las Vegas.
Lamar Jackson had a particularly rough flight because he had to think about his two lost fumbles, including the final one that set up the Raiders to win in overtime.
Even if the Ravens basically had to guide the Raiders to victory in a bizarre overtime period.
While Jackson will take plenty of blame, a top story heading into the showdown was the fact the Ravens lost three running backs to season-ending injuries before Week 1.
So how did they do on the ground against Las Vegas?
The New Trio
Jackson was the leading rusher with 86 yards, but Williams and Murray each added a touchdown apiece in the loss.
None of the three reached the 100-yard mark, but the team as a whole ran for 189 yards.
Jackson also added 235 yards through the air.
Lamar Jackson makes some nice throws for a guy I’m told can’t make nice throws.
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) September 14, 2021
That is not bad at all.
Both sit on the practice squad and we may see the Ravens mix things up in Week 2.
Williams and Murray should be safe, but questions do arise if the Ravens would promote a Bell or Freeman as the third back if neither can contribute on special teams.
The team may need to get creative with roster construction and can only promote a veteran back if John Harbaugh is sure it will be worth it in terms of playing time.
They can’t afford to have Bell promoted just to stand on the sidelines.
Bigger Problems At Hand
The running game was not the top problem for the Ravens on Monday.
A total collapse on the final play of the game was a disaster too.
— NFL (@NFL) September 14, 2021
The Raiders wanted to kick a field goal, only to get a delay of game penalty and run the offense back on the field.
It appeared they just wanted to get a few yards back and kick again.
Instead, they scored an easy touchdown because the Ravens brought the house.
There was no need for that and the defense will be a key focus in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
If they can’t stop Carr, good luck against Patrick Mahomes and that dynamic offense.