The Baltimore Ravens ran themselves into the record book in 2019, rushing for an all-time team record 3,296 yards on the ground. They were led by MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson, who broke Michael Vick's rushing record for a quarterback with 1,206 yards, and running back Mark Ingram, who also topped 1,000 yards rushing.
While Jackson and Ingram certainly headlined this group, it was a collection of backs that really made this backfield lethal. And one member believes it's capable of making history again. Ravens running back Gus Edwards, who was third on the team in rushing in 2019 with 711 yards, spoke to reporters on Wednesday and displayed confidence that Baltimore can once again break the team rushing record.
"I think Coach Roman is committed to it, it seems like Coach Harbaugh is committed to it," Edwards said, via the official team website. "That's the first step. We'll see where it goes. I'm excited. It's a chance to make history."
The team rushing record Baltimore broke in 2019 stood for 41 years after the 1978 New England Patriots rushed for 3,165 yards, so it would be pretty incredible for the Ravens to break their own record just one year later.
Having that type of historic rushing attack in today's NFL is almost unheard of, but the Ravens do have the personnel to do it. Not only are Jackson, Ingram, Edwards, and Justice Hill (225 yards rushing in 2019) currently on the roster, but Baltimore also added J.K. Dobbins in the second round out of Ohio State at the 2020 draft. Dobbins fits the Ravens' shotgun running style rather perfectly and Edwards gave his stamp of approval for the pick.
"I was surprised because I thought he was like the best back in the class," Edwards said of Dobbins "We definitely got better. It's going to be difficult to do better than what we did last year, breaking the rushing record. But I think it's a step forward. It's a definite step towards that because he's a great back. He's going to make the competition that much better at running back."
Of course, having success on the ground once again and being a top-flight offense during the regular season is just a piece of the puzzle for the Ravens entering 2020. After being upset by the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round, Baltimore is looking to make a deep postseason run.
"We're bringing back a lot of guys in the offense," Edwards said. "We added more weapons. We're going to be more familiar with the system. It's just so much going for us. Lamar's going to come back better, I trust that because he's a hard worker. Everybody on the team pretty much has the right mindset. Guys want to win. I think it will make it that much easier for us. We set the standard very high last year but I have full confidence that we can build off of it."
The Ravens have the second-best odds (+650) to win Super Bowl LV, according to William Hill Sports Book.