I would love to know how many Ray Rice owners have had him all season long. At this point, I would have either traded him or kept him comfortably on my bench over the last couple of weeks. So, with that said, if you’re an owner of Rice, are you starting him this week against the Cincinnati Bengals?
Please, don’t do it.
I know how it goes. You keep holding out, waiting, praying and hoping that this guy finally busts loose and breaks out of his funk. Hey, it’s a logical thought now that he’s claimed he is fully healthy. But, with the way he’s played and specifically with how the Baltimore Ravens have looked offensively, it would be very tough to keep rolling with him as a starter.
Rice’s season totals thus far have been downright disgusting: 97 carries for 259 yards and three touchdowns with a 2.7 yards per carry average. Those three touchdowns have been the only thing owners can continue to hold onto, holding out hope that he’ll at least get into the end zone once each week.
The Bengals’ defense this season has handled the run pretty well, which isn’t good news for the Ravens who rank 29th in the league on the ground. Cincinnati is 10th in the league against the run, giving up just 100.4 yards per game — the Ravens haven’t even averaged that as a team each week.
Everything tells you to sit Rice this week. It’s a bad matchup, Rice has played poorly and the Ravens’ offense has looked awful. There’s no way I am starting Rice this week.
However, if he breaks out and has his best game of the season, I reserve the right to be the only one to call myself the idiot.