When the Ravens play their brand of football, Ray Rice is a big part of the game plan. Once again, two games this season tell the story of how the Ravens win or lose by forcing other teams to “eat their Rice.”
Against Pittsburgh, Rice had 19 carries for 107 yards and a TD, demoralizing a proud Steelers defense from the very first carry. Throw in his four receptions for 42 yards and another score and the story becomes clearer. Get Ray the ball and things work out.
On the other hand, two weeks ago in the Jacksonville loss, Rice and the Ravens struggled. He coughed it up once and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron stopped feeding him the ball with Rice finishing with 28 yards on just eight carries. Once you get away from Rice the pressure shifts to Flacco and we saw the results. Baltimore suffered its worst offensive showing of the season in a humiliating 12-7 loss on national television.
Get the ball to Ray Rice and Anquan Boldin and the “D” will do their thing. They usually do.