What has happened to Ray Rice? Is he injured? Has he lost it? Is it the offensive line? The offensive scheme/philosophy? Or a combination of all? I think it is a combination of all but the losing it part. I don’t think he is 100%, I think his line sucks and I don’t think the Ravens have ever used him to his fullest capabilities. Through 8 games, Rice has just 259 yards, 2.7 ypc, 3 TDs and 2 fumbles. Pro Football Focus has Rice ranked 31st out of 31 qualifying running backs for elusiveness (accounts for missed tackles and YAC). That is 165 yards less than BJGE and .5 ypc less than BJGE. How bad are those numbers? Take a look at Rice’s average numbers since becoming a starter in 2009 and compare them to his projected stats for 2013:
Something isn’t right, and the Bengals will look to capitalize on those stuggles on Sunday. As a result of Rice’s struggles on the ground, the Ravens rank 29th in the NFL in rushing ypg. Though the Bengals run attack has also been disappointing in 2013 (19th), they have gotten 1,061 all-purpose yards from their backs, 9 TDs (7 rushing, 2 receiving), and plenty of big explosive plays from Bernard. In comparison, the Ravens backs (Rice and Pierce) have contributed just 5 TDs and 662 all-purpose yards.