The Baltimore Ravens' depth chart will be even thinner on offense when they take on the Cleveland Browns next Monday in Week 12. Already missing their top 3-4 receivers, the Ravens lost starting running back Justin Forsett and starting quarterback Joe Flacco to season-ending injuries on Sunday in a comeback victory over the St. Louis Rams. Forsett suffered a broken arm while Flacco suffered a torn ACL.
Running Back Situation
Forsett has been the Ravens' leading rusher the past two seasons. This year, he was averaging 4.2 yards per carry. He had his best game of the season earlier this year against the Browns, when he rushed 21 times for 121 yards (5.8 YPC) and 1 touchdown to go along with 4 carries for 49 yards.
Replacing Forsett will be Javorius Allen, a fourth-round pick in this year's draft. He has 64 carries for 249 yards (3.9 YPC) this season to go along with 13 catches for 106 yards. His best game of the season also came against Cleveland, where he busted off a 44-yard run and finished the day with 8 carries for 58 yards (7.3 YPC). Who will his backup be? It could very well be Terrance West, meaning he will indeed likely carry the rock for three different teams in FirstEnergy Stadium this year (Cleveland, Tennessee, and Baltimore).
Flacco's ironman streak, and the Browns' opportunity to sweep him for the first time, went up in flames:
Joe Flacco has played in every game since being drafted in '08. A torn ACL will unfortunately end his ironman run. pic.twitter.com/u9zvAV2YcG— ESPN (@espn) November 23, 2015
The Ravens' backup quarterback is Matt Schaub, who has not started a game since 2013. The team needs to bring in a backup for him.
The Ravens will be playing with a backup quarterback, backup running back, and the lowest-profile group of receivers in the NFL. With the game being played on Monday Night Football in Cleveland, it would certainly be an embarrassment if the Browns, at their relative best, couldn't take out the Ravens.