Baltimore Ravens vs Atlanta Falcons: Scouting the Enemy

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Sep 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) rushes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Ground Game (Key Players: Steven Jackson, Devonta Freeman, Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith)

The Falcons ground game is anchored by Steven Jackson, who has received more carries than the other three running backs combined, but all four may see time against the Ravens. Antone Smith has averaged a whopping 9.7 yards on his 13 carries, while the other three backs have hovered around four yards per carry. Getting Smith looks should be a priority.

Realistically, the Ravens should shut down the Falcons’ ground game. Jackson is plodding at this point in his career, the rest of the backs are not established running threats and the Falcons’ offensive line is average at best.