Ravens studs and duds from Week 13 loss against Steelers

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1. Devonta Freeman, RB, Ravens

Perhaps we were a bit too critical of the Ravens’ running back room before.

Jackson still led the team in rushing yards this game with eight carries for 55 yards, but veteran Devonta Freeman trailed close behind with 14 carries for 52 yards plus a rushing touchdown.

Latavius Murray and newcomer Nate McCrary got a few touches, too, but Freeman by and large has run away with the No. 1 running back position.

He’s recorded 79, 35, 49, and 52 rushing yards in his last four games and was just as productive against the Steelers, nabbing his third touchdown of the season.

Pittsburgh has one of the more porous run defenses in the league, and part of Baltimore’s game plan must have been to give the ball to Freeman and see how far he can go.

52 yards is only a meager amount when compared to other lead backs’ 100-yard games, but Freeman understood the assignment and did exactly what the Ravens wanted him to do. That touchdown is a nice cherry on top.

Freeman was the brightest stud of this game and so far has proven that an old(er) player can indeed learn new tricks.