Ray Rice is having a horrible season in general by his standards. Coming into the 2013 season, Rice rushed for over 1,000 yards four years in a row. Now it looks like Rice might not even crack 800 yards rushing. But with that being said, Rice showed quality burst in the Baltimore Ravens win in Week 14 as he rushed for 67 yards on 17 carries.
I don’t know if we will ever see Rice return to the form he was at even last year. It’s really hard to tell anything in Rice’s case given the fact that the Ravens offensive line has been so terrible in critical situations especially in short yardage.
Rice on the season has rushed for 2.9 yards per carry to go with 482 total rushing yards. But in Week 14, Rice showed the burst he had coming into the league in 2008. I don’t expect Rice to be fresh, but I do expect him to find a little bit of running room like he did against the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears.
It’s one thing if Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce lit the world on fire and rushed for consistent yards week in and week out, but Pierce is having his own issues running the ball.
I think Rice is coming back to form, but at a limited basis. He isn’t going to do much behind this offensive line. I don’t think Adrian Peterson would do much behind the Ravens’ offensive line.
If Rice can provide 80-90 yards rushing per game over the next couple of weeks, then I think there is hope down the stretch for the Ravens.
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