The Baltimore Ravens suffered a blow in Week 1 when RB Danny Woodhead went down with a hamstring injury that affected two positions — running back and quarterback.
Woodhead was installed as a great safety net for QB Joe Flacco, who missed almost all of training camp and preseason with a back injury but returned in the opening-game road victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. But when Woodhead went down, it actually changed the game plan dramatically. Not only was he a key playmaker but also a crucial element to keep Flacco from taking extra hits.
When Woodhead exited, the Ravens were forced to run the ball more than they had planned to, one of the team’s coaches told PFW. He went down on the 12th offensive play (not counting penalties), and the ratio was 7-5 passes to runs. Over the remaining 48 offensive plays, there were 37 runs called and only 11 dropbacks (10 pass attempts, one sack).
That’s a pretty stark contrast there.
“Odd sort of game when Danny went out,” the coach told us. “We were trying to be a little careful with Joe.”
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