Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice may not have impressive stature as a running back as he is only 5-foot-9 and weighs 195 pounds, but he certainly makes up for it in intangibles like heart which can’t ever be measured with statistics.
Despite missing last week’s game due to injury and only having 72 rushing yards this season, he is poised for a breakout game against the Buffalo Bills, who have struggled just as mightily against the run as they do the pass. In all three games this year, the Bills have allowed a 100-plus yard rusher. Ever since getting the starting nod in 2009, Rice has broken the 1,000-yards mark rushing in of his years as the featured back.
The four main people that will have focus on shutting down the Ravens’ rushing attack will be defensive tackles Marcel Dareus and Kyle Williams, and inside linebackers Kiko Alonso and Nigel Bradham. If these four guys can shut down the run game, it might give the rest of the defense confidence to do more then they have in the previous three games.
It should be an interesting game as the Ravens’ offense was sputtering a bit against the Houston Texans last week, and they do have a tendency to overlook softer opponents. The Bills could have more than a decent shot to pull off the upset special and go back to .500 for the year.