AFC North: Players and matchups to watch

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Oct 13, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) gets tackled by Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett (42) at M

 

Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice

Rice has been a massive bust up to this point, but it’s because of a lack of effort or what some believe is wear and tear finally catching up to him. While injuries are a big part of why Rice has fallen short of expectations, getting healthy during the team’s bye week should help rejuvenate him and lead to him improving on his numbers

Rice suffered the hip flexor strain in Week 2 against the Browns, and the injury has hindered him ever since, but he’ reportedly close to his old form in practice and sounds ready to start performing like the All-Pro back he’s been over the past few years.

Rice is averaging a career-low 2.8 yards per carry this season. In Cleveland, however, Rice has averaged 5.3 yards per carry. He’s played five games there and racked up 637 yards (127.4 per game). But he’ll go up against a Browns defense ranked 12th against the run while allowing 103.6 yards per game.

 

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