Ravens will go with hot hand at running back

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In a plot line that’s become all too familiar to the Ravens this year, running back Ray Rice had a bad day on Sunday.

Rice ran 18 times for 30 yards, lowering his average to 2.5 yards per carry on the season and leading coach John Harbaugh to say Monday that he thought Rice’s hip is still troubling him. Rice missed one game earlier this year with a hip flexor injury, but declared himself healthy and back to his old self coming out of the team’s bye week. Whether it is injury, poor blocking or some combination of factors, Rice’s lack of productivity is opening the door for Bernard Pierce to grab a bigger share of the workload.

“Both of those guys are going to get a large number of carries, and I think whichever guy is playing better should get more carries as we go forward,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website. “Both of those guys have to play for us and play well. You can’t have one back carrying the ball 35 times these days. We don’t need to do that; we think we’ve got two very good backs.”

Pierce hasn’t exactly been forcing the issue as he’s averaging just 2.8 yards per carry himself while battling a hamstring injury, but the Ravens aren’t really in a position to be choosy. They need their offense to get better if they are going to make a playoff run and that means looking under every rock for help.

38 responses to “Ravens will go with hot hand at running back

  1. They had better find someone to run the ball. The Ravens aren’t going anywhere with Flacco slinging it around like a panicky kid.

  2. I’m shocked that Ray Rice can’t see those HUGE holes the o-line opens up for him! Put the blame where it belongs.

  3. Yeah right. I’ll believe this when I see it. Harbaugh has always picked favorites and will stick with them no matter how badly they are playing.

    Pierce is obviously the better runner. Better blocker. I’d love to see what he can do with a full game of starter-type carries.

  4. We don’t even need to run the ball. Let Flacco (Superbowl MVP) do his thing and pass all three downs. Ravens still on the path to repeat with Flacco leading us.


  5. Our O line is absolutely pathetic at run blocking. On almost every run play 1 or 2 D linemen are in the backfield almost as the ball is snapped. Barry Sanders wouldn’t average 3 ypc behind this joke

  6. Bengals fan here. Congrats on win yesterday. Bernard Scott is fun to watch but won’t last two games, can withstand the hits in the NFL. Wish him a little luck though. Though you beat us, we Fear the Ravens Nevermore!!

  7. jakec4 says: Nov 11, 2013 7:22 PM
    Ray is going to change his number from 27 to 2.7
    Now, THAT is smart, and funny. Well played, sir.

  8. Still hilarious that people think Andy Dalton is winning the AFC North.

    Ravens will smack Andy in Cinci to win the division.

    Joe wins big games, Andy finds ways to lose them. It’s that simple.

  9. Whats wrong?

    Baltimore has the Best QB in the league!

    Their like 7-2 and on their way to another deep run in the playoffs. St Ray moved on and and old Ed-grey beard- Reed is gone and “in Ozzie we trust”, right?

    Sing it with me Baltimorians! Sing It!
    In Ozzie we trust!

    Jump Ball Joe got all his money and the team SUX!!!!
    Fluke SB win last year

  10. Look for Rice to shut the critics up and have a breakout game next week. I’m thinking 35-40 yards on 25 carries.

  11. infectorman says: Nov 11, 2013 8:30 PM

    Fluke SB win last year

    I’m pretty sure ANY team’s fans would take the same “fluke” SB win every time. Any SB winning season is a good one,fluke or not. Rings don’t lie. Ask any (obnoxious,with good reason) Steelers fan.

  12. I was pissed when they cut Rainey before the season started cuz even in preseason he was the only back having huge success. I’m a die hard ravens fan for better or worse but I think there was some pretty glaring mistakes made this year, uncharacteristically. Not only with personell but changing line schemes is just stupid when your having nothin but success before it. With Ozzie’s track record, u can’t help but blame Harbs for alot of the problems. We need to go back to what works ASAP!

  13. Are you kidding me?? It’s this zone blocking scheme that they’re running with the o-line. I don’t care what you say about Ray, the holes are not there. The run game for O-lineman is about beating and punishing the man across from you straight up man on man all day long and beating him til his has nothing left and no pride. Blaming it on Ray’s health is b.s. Harbaugh and you know it.

  14. Where did all the talk go from homers about Rice and Pierce being the best RB tandem in the league. I guess you should have clarified by saying “behind the blocking of McKinnie”.

  15. I’ve been saying all year that either there is something wrong with Ray Rice, or he’s hit the 5 year running back wall. Hard to say though given that the Oline is playing so bad this year. Flacco has performed ok when he’s had time but rarely has the time. Pierce should get more carries but he’s been hurt too. Against Cincy it was obvious that Pierce was having more success and should have had more carries. It just seems like Rice has no explosion and even when he’s in open space he can’t make anyone miss or break tackles like he used to. I don’t know the salary cap implications but he may be gone for money reasons at the end of the year.

  16. All the haters here. Predicting the Ravens season over, with 7 games to go. You may look like fools again. You’d think you would learn from last year.

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