OWINGS MILLS - Through two games, the Ravens are averaging just 2.6 yards per carry.
The running game was so ineffective against the Buffalo Bills last week that Baltimore ran the ball just twice in the second half.
The running game was supposed to be of the Ravens' strengths this season and something the offense could lean on with so many question marks in their passing game. But even with two talented running backs in Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, Baltimore has been one of the worst teams in the NFL at running the ball.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh and multiple players said after each of first three games that Baltimore has to run the ball better. That hasn't changed heading into today's game against the Miami Dolphins.
"We have to become a good run-the-ball football team," Harbaugh said.
The problem, more so than anything else, has been the offensive line.
The Ravens made a move in hopes of improving the line earlier this week, trading for former Jaguars left tackle Eugene Monroe.
Monroe will eventually replace Bryant McKinnie at left tackle, although it's unclear whether he'll start today after being acquired so late in the week.
The move figures to help. McKinnie has been bad this season, especially in the run game. But McKinnie has been far from the only issue as far as the offensive line and the running game.
Center Gino Gradkowski has struggled, both in the passing game as well as in the run game. Most of left guard Kelechi Osemele's issues have been in pass protection, but he hasn't been anywhere close to the dominant figure in the running game that many expected him to be this year. Right tackle Michael Oher has also had problems in the run game.
According to Pro Football Focus, McKinnie and Oher have graded out as two of the three worst tackles at run blocking so far this season.
"We've got to run block better," Harbaugh said. "We've got to make decisions scheme-wise about what's best for our guys to do, exactly what schemes those are. We've got to come off the ball in the run game a lot better than we're doing."
Other factors have gone into the struggles in the running game as well.
"We can game-plan better," Harbaugh said. "We can set formations up better to put our guys in a position. Our running backs can also do a better job of running to the right spot and trusting the offensive line."
But the fact is that the Ravens have two very capable running backs in Rice and Pierce and expect to be able to run the ball, and they realize how important it is to get the running game going, especially with some of the issues that they do have in the passing game.
Today's game against Miami will be a good test.
The Dolphins have some highly regarded defensive players in their front seven - like defensive tackle Paul Soliai and middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe - but they've had problems stopping the run at times.
Miami allowed just 68 rushing yards to the New Orleans Saints last week and limited the Saints to just 2.8 yards per carry, but Atlanta Falcons running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling ran for a combined 139 yards in Week 2.
Miami's defense is allowing 4.2 yards per carry, which ranks them ninth worst in the league in that category.
But Baltimore is coming off a game during which Rice and Pierce combined for just 24 yards on nine carries against a Bills defense that entered last week as one of the worst against the run.
And Harbaugh said Monday that the Ravens are averaging about just one yard per carry on first down this season.
"The fact of the matter is we even have to be more patient and just keep trying to get done with what we know we can do in that area," Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said. "Running the ball is the quarterback's best friend. It makes a tremendous difference. We want to improve that side certainly, but the other side of it as well. We're a team that is not one-dimensional, so you have to be able to spread it around a bit."