The Baltimore Ravens have an exciting 1-2 punch at running back with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. After the passing game lost Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta the Ravens could focus more on the running game. There seems to not be a strict plan or target number for carries for each and the Ravens will take it game by game.
“We’re not going to sit there and say, ‘Hey, get these guys these numbers,’ and lock ourselves into something,” coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s by game. It’s how the game is going and what we need to do to try to win a game and just take it from there. I know that leaves us open to second-guessing and all that if we don’t do well. ‘This guy should have gotten more carries. That guy should’ve gotten more carries. You should have thrown the ball more.’ Whatever. You do what you feel like you have to do in a game to try to win the game, and that’s what we’ll do.”
Last season in 15 games Rice carried the ball 16.9 times per game and had 4 receptions per game. With a less potent running attach they could throw the ball less and divert those snaps to Bernard Pierce without taking carries away from Ray Rice.