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RB Bernard Pierce - Baltimore Ravens

6-0, 218Born: 5-10-1991College: TempleDrafted: Round 3

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Preseason player page

Pierce suffered a concussion in the third preseason game in late August. ***UPDATE - Pierce was able to practice fully before the Ravens Week 1 game. He began the game as the starter.

Week 7: vs Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Justin Forsett has thrived as the lead back for the Ravens - he's averaging 6.4 yards per carry so far, with 64/408/3 rushing and seen 27 targets for 23/118/0 receiving so far this season. Last week, Forsett split carries with Bernard Pierce, but had much more impact (14/111/0 rushing for Forsett; 15/32/1 for Pierce). All told, the Ravens had 35/169/1 rushing as a team - they are on a big-time roll entering Week 7. Meanwhile, the Falcons' defensive front is flailing around like someone who can't swim thrown into the deep end - Matt Forte stuffed in two rushing scores in Atlanta last week, leading the Bears to 28/110/2 rushing. Two games back, the Falcons coughed up 34/124/1 rushing to the Giants. This is not a good defensive front, folks, as their season ranking of 28th in the NFL, averaging 141.3 yards rushing allowed per game demonstrates. Atlanta has also allowed, by far, the most rushing TDs this season, with 12 surrendered over six games - several teams are tied for second-worst in the league, with seven rushing scores allowed. This is an outstanding matchup for Forsett and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at IND 4 30 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 at TB 15 32 1 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs ATL 8 21 1 1 0 0 0 0
7 vs ATL PROJ-Dodds 11 * * 0 * * *
7 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay 11 * * 0 * * *
7 vs ATL PROJ-Bloom 10 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs IND (4 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce made an entrance early in the 3rd quarter and instantly found success. He made a nice cutback making Werner miss and picked up 12. He followed it up with another nice cut on an inside zone run for a gain of 13. Pierce is trusted on passing downs more than Taliaferro and played in the 2nd half over the rookie.

2014 Week 6 vs TB (15 / 32 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce started getting carries less than 2 minutes into the game. Baltimore's offense often calls for the back to work as a pass protector then as a safety valve for the quarterback. Pierce is clearly ahead of Taliaferro in this department. The Ravens trust Pierce's pass blocking and catching more so he should continue to receive more snaps and touches than him. Pierce had a mediocre game running the football. He didn't look as determined as he did against the Colts but still ran with pace and intention.


Latest News

Ravens | Will continue to mix RBs (Thu Oct 16, 09:45 AM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett has thrust himself into the lead running back role for the team. He is fourth in the NFL with 408 rushing yards and leads the league with 6.4 yards per carry. The team still wants to use RB Bernard Pierce as an important part of their running game.

Our View: Forsett is still going to be the bigger part of the gameplan than Pierce is and we see him as a solid RB2 this week, while Pierce remains a streaky RB4.
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7vs Atlanta Falcons
8@ Cincinnati Bengals
9@ Pittsburgh Steelers
10vs Tennessee Titans
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New Orleans Saints
13vs San Diego Chargers
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs Jacksonville Jaguars
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Cleveland Browns