Ray Rice Showing He Might Be Able To Lead Baltimore Ravens To Title Glory

By John Raffel
Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Ray Rice proves that when he’s unstoppable, so are the Baltimore Ravens. Perhaps.

Rice scored the Baltimore Ravens‘ go-ahead touchdown early in the second quarter to give the Ravens a 7-3 lead over the New England Patriots in the NFL‘s AFC championship game. Sure, the Patriots have regained a 13-7 lead but with the way the Ravens defense has been effective against the Patriots offense, that’s a big momentum booster for Baltimore.

Rice keeps getting the steady yards that makes the offense click. Joe Flacco is underrated as a quarterback but Rice continues to bring out the best in the Baltimore signal-caller.

In a league in which quarterbacks are dominant, Rice is the perfect running back for an offense that simply wants to eat up time and get huge chunks of yardage. Baltimore drove 90 yards on 13 plays and ate up almost six minutes. It’s the type of drive that makes the offense very confident and wears down the defense.

He’s had an 8-yard run but it looks like Rice might be ready to break one. Right now, the Patriots are stopping him although they are  not containing him. This drive could be signature one for Rice and his teammates. But once they fail to contact Rice, the Patriots could be in trouble.

Rice has been steady all season and through the playoffs. He’s averaged 4.4 yards per carry during the regular season and is at 4.4 during the playoffs.

It’s steady production from a guy who might be steady enough to combine with Flacco for a trip to the Super Bowl. But the Patriots have a 10-7 lead. Can Rice help the offense get it back?

It’s a good bet he will.

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