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Ray Rice is a god among Ravens. The common knowledge is that as long as Rice gets enough carries, the Ravens will win.
While this adage proved true against the Steelers, with Rice getting 20 carries in the win, the Ravens should start focusing on running the ball more successfully and not just more often.
That would mean including Bernard Pierce in the game plan.
Pierce is averaging the same yards per carry as Rice and definitely deserves more carries. He also is a better runner when the Ravens offensive line is getting beaten, as Pierce does not need as large of a crease to make a big run.
Rice, on the other hand, gets stuffed far more often than Pierce does. He is more tentative as a runner and less explosive through the hole, which results in Rice getting taken down relatively easily on most of his runs.
That is not to say Pierce is a better overall player than Rice. He's not. Rice is better in the open field and a much more polished overall player.
On the other hand, the Ravens are wasting Rice by having him run into a huge pile at the line of scrimmage on every down, as he did against the Steelers. The Ravens could save some wear on Rice and also pick up a few extra yards after contact by giving Pierce more carries.
If the Ravens do give Pierce more carries going forward, expect the running game as a whole to get more focus from analysts, rather than just Ray Rice as an individual.