Is Their A Lack Of Confidence In The Ravens Running Game?


Sep 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) runs against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe the end result to today’s game against the Buffalo Bills would’ve been a whole lot different if the Ravens had established the run game.

It seems as though, the Ravens lost confidence in both Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce since both combined for nine carries, and a total of 24 yards rushing.

It’s always easier for the passing game when you have an established run game, which could explain why Joe Flacco threw for a career-high five interceptions in today’s game against the Bills. The reason for that is because it makes it very predictable for opposing defenses to key in on.

You have to imagine that the Ravens will look back at today’s game against the Bills, and change the game plan a bit for next week’s game against the Miami Dolphins. One of those changes has to be establishing the running game early, and not losing confidence in the running backs if they don’t produce early. If they do, then it will be the same result as today’s game against the Bills, but against an even tougher Dolphins defense.