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In Week 11, Ravens’ line finally opened holes for Ray Rice

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Ravens running back Ray Rice has had so little room to run this season that he didn’t even average 3.5 yards a carry in a single game all year, until Week 11 in Chicago.

But that Week 11 game, which Baltimore lost in overtime, was a big one for Rice: He had 25 carries for 131 yards, his highest total this season by almost 50 yards and an average of 5.2 yards a carry that more than doubled his average of 2.5 yards a carry heading into this week. Rice’s longest run on Sunday, 47 yards, was more than three times as long as his longest run of the season heading into the game, 14 yards. said the Ravens’ offensive line opened such big holes for him that he wasn’t accustomed to having so much space to run.

“I kind of made a joke with the guys on the offensive line that I didn’t know what to do with a hole that big,” Rice said, via ESPN.com.

Unfortunately for Chicago, the Bears’ defense has been allowing big holes all season. (The hole Packers running back James Starks ran through might have been the biggest I’ve ever seen.) The Ravens’ line won’t have such an easy time opening holes for Rice this week, against a very good Jets run defense.

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22 Responses to “In Week 11, Ravens’ line finally opened holes for Ray Rice”
  1. bigcid10 says: Nov 19, 2013 1:28 PM

    look who the were playing
    that won’t happen this week vs jets

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 19, 2013 1:32 PM

    Too bad “ELITE” joe flacco had a 53 QB rating, two interceptions, and a fumble against the 16th ranked PASS Defense in the NFL while ray rice was getting some yards playing against the 31st ranked RUSH Defense in the NFL.

    Chicago Bears RUSH Defense = 31st in NFL

    Chicago Beats PASS Defense = 16th in NFL

  3. howiehandles says: Nov 19, 2013 1:33 PM

    Everyone has run on the Bears. This was no great feat.

  4. snaponrules says: Nov 19, 2013 1:44 PM

    Have you watched any Bears games this year?

    The Bears defence makes every running back they play look like a pro bowler.

    It had nothing to do with The Ravens, Ray Rice or his line and everything to do with playing the Bears. You could start a post right now that Zac Stacy and Daryl Richardson should be mentioned for pro bowl honors after the game they had on Nov 24.

  5. watermelon1 says: Nov 19, 2013 1:49 PM

    Ravens offense sucks. Mostly due to joe flacco

  6. hakunamangata says: Nov 19, 2013 1:56 PM

    Welcome back Dr. rust belt! Ravens nation missed you last week! You must have been sick after the “elite” Andy Dalton threw 8 ints in the past three weeks but good to know that you’re back in time to see your bengals lose another playoff game extending the current streak to over two decades!

    But hey being AFC north champs counts just as much right? Least you can buy a tshirt.

  7. captainwisdom8888 says: Nov 19, 2013 2:09 PM

    Look at Ray Rice’s yardage total after he finally showed up this week…420 rushing yards on the season! That is just downright pathetic for a guy that gets paid as much as he does. Wasting fantasy draft selections on the likes of Ray Rice and David Wilson have absolutely devastated my RB core and I’m about to go all Lee Harvey Oswald on both of these fools.

  8. tformation says: Nov 19, 2013 2:17 PM

    It’s true. Bears’ run defense sucks. Little nervous about Zac Stacy next week followed by AP at home after that.

    The question is Ray Rice finally on track, Or is the Bears run defense really, really bad?

    As a Bears fan, I fear the latter…

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 19, 2013 2:24 PM

    I was here.

    Congratulations on the ravens win against Cincinnati… and… embarrassing implosion in Chicago.

    4 wins – 6 losses

    LOL!!!

  10. hakunamangata says: Nov 19, 2013 2:37 PM

    Funny speaking of embarrassing…

    5 wins 11 loses;

    BENGALS PLAYOFF HISTORY

    You know Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow combined have five playoff wins right?

  11. beardownfromcali says: Nov 19, 2013 2:47 PM

    Cool story bro!
    – Reggie Bush

  12. z06vision says: Nov 19, 2013 2:59 PM

    Don’t worry because OZZIE knows,,,,,LAST place….bahahaha

  13. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 19, 2013 3:00 PM

    Marvin Lewis record vs. baltimore ravens:

    11 wins – 10 losses

  14. ravenswhat says: Nov 19, 2013 3:03 PM

    DRrustbelt, you will never win a big game with Andy. I laugh every time you throw SB MVP Joe Flacco under the bus. You hear me? NEVER.

  15. hakunamangata says: Nov 19, 2013 3:13 PM

    Well then I certainly bow to the bengals ferocity on the football field! One win above .500 against my Ravens certainly makes up for the 44 years of futility in the postseason.

    And for the record Harbaugh is 7-4 against the bengals in his career.

    Hope that tshirt is waterproof to help wick away the tears come January.

  16. dakingsocrownme says: Nov 19, 2013 3:55 PM

    So what you are telling me is that Ed Reed gets to play against the Raven’s Twice in one season after getting released WITHOUT going to a division rival.

    Pure and utter awesomeness

  17. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 19, 2013 5:57 PM

    If only they could play a depleted Bears team in a monsoon every week.

  18. cfeeley52 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:06 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 19, 2013 1:32 PM
    Too bad “ELITE” joe flacco had a 53 QB rating, two interceptions, and a fumble against the 16th ranked PASS Defense in the NFL while ray rice was getting some yards playing against the 31st ranked RUSH Defense in the NFL.

    Chicago Bears RUSH Defense = 31st in NFL

    Chicago Beats PASS Defense = 16th in NFL
    —————————————
    Joe “ELITE” Flacco = 9 playoff wins
    Andy “RED HEADED SQUIRT GUN” Dalton = 0 playoff wins
    When the ginger closes that gap i might actually start paying attention to your weekly stat lines and tirades…

  19. rextraordinaire says: Nov 19, 2013 6:26 PM

    “In Week 11, Ravens’ line finally opened holes for Ray Rice”

    It should read “In Week 11, Bears D-line once again opened holes for the opposing running back.”

  20. fringetastic says: Nov 19, 2013 7:23 PM

    Ray Rice had one run for 47 yards, which is the anomaly. He had 24 other runs that averaged 3.5 yards per. That’s really not that impressive against the Bears.

  21. burntmule says: Nov 20, 2013 9:50 AM

    A good college football team would have no problems running against what’s left of the Bears defense, it’s nothing to celebrate. With 7 defensive starters out(5 for the year) the Bears will need to outscore everybody to win for the rest of the season.

  22. guitarkevin says: Nov 20, 2013 9:55 AM

    Marvin Lewis’ record in the postseason = LAUGHABLE

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