The Baltimore Ravens are 2-1 after their first three games, which is a good thing. After getting torched by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos for seven touchdowns in Week 1, the defense didn’t allow a touchdown in their following two games against the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans. The passing game is slowly, but surely, showing signs of life. Tandon Doss has been a surprisingly good replacement for the injured Jacoby Jones in the return game. But what’s the thing that still hasn’t been good for the Ravens? You guessed it, the run game.
The Ravens are currently ranked 23rd in the league in rushing. They have yet to have a 100-yard rusher and I’m not talking about for one game, I’m talking total yards on the season. In fairness, Ray Rice was injured in the second half of the Browns game and didn’t play against the Texans. Bernard Pierce did an admirable job in relief, but had trouble getting much going against a very talented Houston front seven. The Buffalo Bills could be just what the doctor ordered for the Ravens run game. The Bills are currently ranked 30th in the league in rush yards allowed as opposing teams have averaged over 141 rushing against them.
Rice was a game-time decision this past week against the Texans with a hip flexor strain. One would assume that another week of rest would do the trick for Rice. Pierce is obviously capable of doing some damage too. It’s also possible that the Ravens could pickup another running back off the free agent market seeing as backup Shaun Draughn suffered a high ankle sprain (usually a 4-6 week injury). The Ravens will get this run game going, they just need to get their confidence up against a weaker team. Do you hear that? That’s opportunity knocking in Week 4.
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