RB Ray Rice - Free Agent
|5-8, 199||Born: 1-22-1987||College: Rutgers||Drafted: Round 2, pick 55 (2008)|
2013 Week 1 vs DEN (12 / 36 / 1 rush, 11 / 8 / 35 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice did not have his best game but the credit has to go mostly to the Broncos for his poor rushing success. The Broncos did an excellent job not letting Rice into the open field on running plays and also stuffed all but one of his screen passes at the line of scrimmage. On the opening drive Ray Rice bounced a run to the outside instead of running through a gaping hole and got stopped with only a 3 yard gain. This was the only running play Rice left significant yards on the field. Rice is still cemented in as the goal line back and got all of the goal line snaps over Pierce. Rice was involved early in the pass game, not just during garbage time. Rice was perfect in pass protection aside from letting Wesley Woodyard get to Flacco once. There's no doubt that the injuries to Jones and Oher hurt the running game. Shaun Philips owned the rookie tackle Rick Wagner and stuffed several run plays single-handedly. Jones' injury allowed the Broncos to be more aggressive and bring the safety into the box more frequently. This left Rice running through small holes and he was often being met in the whole by a defender.
2013 Week 2 vs CLE (13 / 36 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice played a solid game aside from his fumble. The Browns defensive line was excellent and stuffed several of Rice's runs at the line of scrimmage. It is surprising Rice hasn't been used more as a receiving weapon. Most of his catches this season have been short dump offs or unsuccessful screen passes instead of splitting him out wide and creating mismatches. Rice was hesitant on his first run but otherwise looked strong and quick on the opening possession. Rice continued to look good until the second half fumble where he was careless with the ball and had it knocked free. The following carry Rice suffered a non-contact injury his hip that was later classified as a hip flexor strain. Rice did not return to the game.
2013 Week 4 vs BUF (5 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice and the Ravens running game looked solid on their first few possessions. The Bills defensive line dominated the third and that was enough for the Ravens to give up hope running the ball. The running game never looked atrocious and in fact it looked better than the previous week against Houston with the limited sample. The Ravens deficit was never more than 2 scores and they stopped running the ball even when they were down by a score or less. Rice also wasn't involved in the passing game like he usually is. With the lack of a running game and receiving threats its surprising the ravens aren't getting Rice in space as a receiver.
2013 Week 5 vs MIA (27 / 74 / 2 rush, 7 / 6 / 28 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice played a solid game but doesn't look like the game breaker he used to be. Rice fumbled the ball because of a nice hit where the defender put his helmet right on the football. Ray Rice doesn't look nearly as explosive as he once did. He was given running creases but he can't explode through the hole like he used to. Rice is rarely breaking tackles and seems to give himself up on running plays instead of making defenders take him down. Rice was much more involved in the passing game than against the Bills. Rice's play and production will improve as the offensive line improves as they struggled to get movement against a talented Dolphins' front.
2013 Week 6 vs GB (14 / 34 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice could find no running room early. Rice got 3 tries to score from inside the 5 but his blocking didn't let him capitalize on the opportunity. Ravens running game started to take off when they stopped running zone plays. The offensive line is clearly more effective pulling and Rice can get up field without hesitation on such plays. Rice dropped an easy catch with potential for a big play late in the 4th quarter. Rice was covered well by the Packers in the passing game but still needs to be more involved.
2013 Week 7 vs PIT (15 / 45 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice struggled to find running room against the Steelers but looked like he had more spring in his step than last week against Green Bay. Rice was being more patient and decisive than before. He seemed much more willing to stick his foot in the dirt and make sharp cuts. Rice missed a block on Lamarr Woodley that ended a drive with a sack. The Raven's offensive line did a better job of staying on blocks and Rice did a better job of fighting for yardage. There were still many times Rice was hit in the backfield or his blockers were outnumbered.
2013 Week 9 vs CLE (11 / 17 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice couldn't find running room early in the game. The Ravens are still allowing unblocked defenders to meet Rice in the whole and Rice isn't winning 1 on 1's like he used to. Rice was given a running lane to exploit late in the first quarter but he hesitated and settled for the cutback. The hesitation cost him a potential big play and a chance in the open field. Rice isn't receiving the touches as a receiver he should be. The Ravens usage of Rice has become too predictable and he is a liability in pass protection. Rice's production needs to improve if the Ravens are going to improve.
2013 Week 10 vs CIN (18 / 30 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 26 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice is a shell of his former self and has lost his elite play making ability. Rice was still met in the backfield on occasion but mostly he got less than what was blocked for him. Instead of trying to elude defenders Rice looks willing to be swallowed up without much resistance. Following an interception the Ravens running game and Ray Rice predictably couldn't pick up a first down to put the game away. On a fourth quarter reception when Rice got the ball in the open field he failed to make anyone miss. He looks like he's running in sand and can't make explosive cuts.
2013 Week 11 vs CHI (25 / 131 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice finally put it all together against the Bears. On his first carry, the Raven's offensive line got to the second level, executed the backside block, Rice didn't hesitate and made a sharp cut when the running lane opened. The result was a 47 yard gain and a sign of life from the Raven's running game. Following the long run Rice got 2 carries inside the 5 yard line, capitalizing on his second as he went untouched into the end zone behind Shipley and Yanda. Rice fought for yardage like he hadn't all season and in return received the best blocking he had all season. Rice's biggest flounder was failing to cut a defensive end on a pass intended for Vonta Leach. Rice barely made contact with the defender and Flacco's pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Rice did a much better job of waiting for his blocks and making more decisive reads in the running game. Rice was key down the stretch keeping down and distances manageable for Flacco.
2013 Week 12 vs NYJ (16 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice didn't look like he was running in mud but he also looked more spry than he did early in the season. Most of the Ravens run game struggles against the Jets were because of Gino Gradkowski and AQ Shipley's inabilities to block the strength of the Jet's interior defensive lineman. Damon Harrison dominated whoever he lined up over and Richardson was a disruptive force. Rice struggled to find running room but could have been more patient with a few zone running plays. Overall Rice's burst and vision were much improved from early in the season. Rice did a good job overall in pass protection.
2013 Week 13 vs PIT (12 / 32 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 38 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice looked poor against the Steelers. His lone highlight carrying the rock was a very well blocked run when Rice was able to build speed and plow over Ryan Clark. Sadly, his best run went for 9 yards. For much of the game Oher couldn't handle Worilds and the interior struggled to sustain blocks. Gradkowski and Shipley failed to execute double teams and Ed Dickson couldn't block anyone. Even with the poor blocking display Rice had holes to exploit and simply didn't. Rice can't create for himself and nearly gave up a sack to Polamalu on a blitz. He added an unsportsmanlike conduct after being dropped for a short gain to make a field goal attempt 15 yards further. Rice got the ball in the open field on a pass to flat but still looked more like Dallas Clark in the open field than vintage Ray Rice. Nonetheless he picked up 20 yards because the zone had been vacated by a defender.
2013 Week 14 vs MIN (17 / 67 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)
The Ravens running game was inconsistent but finished the game strong. They were able to open creases for Ray Rice and he capitalized with some nice runs early. Most of Rice's first half production came on his first two carries and the final possession when he was heavily involved in the passing game. Rice found space against zone coverage and exploited the Vikings slow linebackers with speed. The Ravens run blocking improved drastically in the 4th quarter. The Vikings began to play 7 man fronts fearing the big play the Ravens had been trying to hit. The offensive line created 2 large interior holes Rice exploited with quickness for good gains. Rice continued to find success late in the game and looked determined knowing the Ravens season was on the line.
2013 Week 15 vs DET (12 / 56 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice had a solid outing against a strong defensive line. Rice found little running room early. Nick Fairley was very strong in the run game often pushing Gino Gradkowski or A.Q. Shipley into the backfield. He was dropped for a 4 yard loss after Ed Dickson missed badly on a block. Rice's first taste of success was a third and 1 pitch play getting around the defensive end and juking a defensive back for 10 yards. Rice found success off of left tackle too, exploiting Detriot's wide 9 alignments for a gain of 13. Rice wasn't very involved in the passing game with so many Blitzes from Detriot Rice had to stay in to block and did a good job.
2013 Week 16 vs NE (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice had a good game against the Patriots. Rice found early success against the Patriots; Running right on a zone stretch play, and left behind A.Q. Shipley on a power run for good gains. Rice was decisive and showed good burst. Rice wasn't going down on first contact and hit the line of scrimmage with more power. Rice was stopped on 4th and 1 but it was due to poor blocking. The Rice found more space on receptions and screen passes but still isn't involved as a matchup problem like he could be.
2013 Week 17 vs CIN (6 / 15 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 35 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice was dealing with a thigh injury heading into the game and the Ravens decided to limit his touches. Rice watched as Bernard Scott and Bernard Pierce took carries ahead of him in the first quarter. Rice was clearly less effective than Bernard Pierce. The Ravens saved a banged up Rice for the second half. Rice was largely unimpressive and didn't show his explosiveness defenses used to fear. His most impressive carry was on the two point conversion when Rice bounced his run to the outside and outran defenders to the pylon to tie the game. Rice's pass protection was better than usual against the Bengals. Rice had a number of impressive chip blocks on defensive ends knocking them off their feet. Rice's receiving numbers were skewed after the game was out of hand as the Bengals sat in zone coverage content to concede the underneath pass.
2012 Week 1 vs CIN (10 / 68 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Rice started slow, receiving only four touches in the first quarter despite the Ravens having the ball for 16 offensive plays. However, Rice found his rhythm after he punched in a 7 yard touchdown on an off-tackle run in the middle of the second quarter. After the touchdown, Rice began reeling off runs of 10+ yards. While the success of the Ravens' passing game no doubt loosened up the middle for Rice, he looked determined as he ran and showed good balance and footwork in getting through holes between the tackles. Rice scored a second touchdown on a one yard dive in the fourth quarter to put the game away for good. His best run came on a 16 yard rush in the second quarter. The Ravens had moved to the no-huddle and with Joe Flacco in the shotgun, Rice took the ball on a draw and ran through a gaping hole in the left side of the line for a large gain. Rice finished the day with only ten carries but ran for a 6.8 yard average as the Ravens dominated the offensive side of the ball from start to finish in week 1.
2012 Week 2 vs PHI (16 / 99 / 0 rush, 10 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice had 16 carries and six receptions in this game. In a perfect world, Ray Rice would have 16 carries and six receptions per quarter. Rice is simply phenomenal. Every single time he touches the ball he gets the most he possibly can out of the play. Outside of one play in the third quarter when he ran into his own blocker in the endzone for a loss, Rice always took advantage of his blocking and often extended more with his physical running or elusiveness. Rice's offensive line created a huge hole in the trenches up the middle on his first carry. The hole was quickly filled by Nate Allen, but Rice put his head down and powered through the tackle to gain forward momentum and complete an easy five yard run. That situation was repeated over and over in the game. Even when things didn't go exactly to plan, Rice was able to create on his own. On one play, Vonta Leach missed a block in the backfield ahead of Rice. Despite having a split second to react, Rice showed excellent awareness and a brilliant side step to glide away from two defenders and use Leach's misjudgment to his advantage. Rice turned a potential two yard loss into a four yard gain with his quick thinking and even quicker feet. Rice's longest run of the day came on a designed cutback when right tackle Kelechi Osemele pulled and sealed a gap to the left side of the offensive line. Rice ran right through that gap untouched. Once in open space, he immediately shifted away from Kurt Coleman, barely slowing in the process, and was only caught before the endzone because of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's effort to get across the field. Whenever Rice got into the secondary he either made defenders miss with ease or punished the lighter defenders in his wake with aggressive play. The Ravens abused the Eagles' interior of the defensive line all day while Rice continually gained forward momentum. Outside of his excellent running, Rice also showed off his talents as a receiver. He had two massive receptions in the fourth quarter to extend drives on third and long. He was wide open in the flat on both occasions but carried the ball for first downs. Rice in space is just unfair on defenders, especially secondary players who can't match up to his physicality. He is simply a star and showed it off in an undeserving loss for him personally.
2012 Week 3 vs NE (20 / 101 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Typical Ray Rice: patient, physical and quick. His longest gain of 19 yards was wiped out because of a penalty, but the Rutgers man still had a nice day. He was untouched on his seven yard touchdown and should give Vonta Leach praise for spectacular blocking all night. The New England rush defense played tough but Rice's vision behind the line of scrimmage helped him total more than 100 yards for the first time this season. He also took a doomed screen pass and created positive yardage out of nothing. His other receiving accolades include drawing a pass interference and collecting 39 yards on the Ravens fourth quarter touchdown drive. It was Rice's rushing, however, that set up the pass against the Patriots.
2012 Week 4 vs CLE (18 / 49 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 47 / 0 rec)
It was a hard-luck game for Rice and in standard leagues, for his fantasy owners. The offensive line's best run-blocking came when backup Bernard Pierce was in the game. Given two shots near the goal line, Rice was stopped by a penetrating Browns defense. Rice also had a couple gainers negated by penalties. The Browns showed good gap discipline, set the edge and got containment whenever Rice tried to bounce one outside. His best run of the night came in the first quarter when he stiff-armed Craig Robertson to the ground, picked up 10, and smirked about it. In PPR leagues, however, Rice accumulated cheap stats on his 8 receptions. He played all third downs and was frequently targeted as Flacco's safety valve in the flat or short middle of the field. Middle screens were effective in the first half and Rice was as dangerous as ever in the open field, using subtle jukes and cutbacks for YAC. After making a one-handed catch, Rice was angling for the end zone when DT Billy Winn tripped him up for a TD-saving tackle. His crazy quicks will serve him well in future weeks.
2012 Week 5 vs KC (17 / 102 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Watching this game it was very difficult to believe that Rice compiled 118 total yards. For one, he was rarely on the field because of the way the Chiefs dominated time of possession, and he was bottled up on most of his 17 carries. The two exceptions were a 37 yard run in the first quarter and a 26 yard run in the third. The first quarter carry was a sweep left with Rice showing great patience behind the line and then bursting through two arm tackles and outrunning most of the Chiefs defense for a big gain. The third quarter carry also went left but was blocked much better and Rice simply had to follow a convoy for a 26 yard gain. At the end of the game Rice did an excellent job of falling forward on three consecutive carries to ice the victory with one final first down.
2012 Week 6 vs DAL (16 / 63 / 2 rush, 4 / 1 / 43 / 0 rec)
Rice was unable to find much room to run against the Cowboys formative defensive line. That said, he was able to use his power between the tackles to generate short gains and set up play action for Joe Flacco. Rice had a pair of one yard touchdowns where he showed good lean in getting across the goalline despite the Cowboys selling out to stop him. His best play came on a 43 yard reception. On the play, Rice lined up next to Flacco in the shotgun, and ran a wheel route out of the backfield, ultimately catching the ball with a full head of steam down the sideline for a large gain. Rice is most often utilized as a runner between the tackles and continues to do an excellent job getting to the hole before the edge rush can stop him for a loss. His best gains came in the interior to the left side as he was unable to find much space at all on runs to the right.
2012 Week 7 vs HOU (9 / 42 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 12 / 0 rec)
Rice had a poor day against Houston's stout defense in week 7. Despite being one of the league's best interior runners, the Houston defense was quick to close in on Rice on interior runs limiting him to carries of fewer than 3 yards on the majority of his carries. The Houston defense played its linebackers close to the line of scrimmage in a successful ploy to make Joe Flacco beat them over the top and to the outside. As the Houston defensive backs mixed up zone and man coverage, Flacco was unable to capitalize leading to a light rushing day by Rice. Rice's best run came on an off tackle rush that netted 17 yards. On the play, he took the handoff and quickly broke through the line of scrimmage before cutting to the outside for a long gain. Rice used his speed to win the corner and might have run much further if he had more room to the sideline. He finished the day with only nine carries as the Ravens fell in to a deep hole and were forced to pass in an effort to score quickly. Rice also caught 5 passes on 5 targets but they were all of the outlet variety from the backfield with the longest catch going for a mere 7 yards. Rice ran with excellent power between the tackles but even a talent like him can't plow through three defenders on a regular basis.
2012 Week 9 vs CLE (25 / 98 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Rice had his way with the Browns' defense in the first half, but the Browns finally started to get penetration and tackle him once the third quarter began. Rice repeatedly ran off both tackles in the first half, but was consistently met at the line of scrimmage wherever he ran in the second half. One of Rice's multiple big runs in the first half went for a touchdown. From eight yards out, Rice took the ball and sprinted away from a tackler to get to the edge. He then evaded Phil Taylor in open space and got into the endzone with relative ease. Whenever he was given a hole in the defense to run through, Rice took advantage, but the Browns were able to key in on him once Flacco proved to be an inefficient passer.
2012 Week 10 vs OAK (13 / 35 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Rice owners were lucky to see a short touchdown because the game script was to exploit the pass defense of Oakland and the game quickly turned into a blowout. Bernard Pierce saw most of the second half work and Rice was held in check in the run game. His 7-yard score was his longest attempt of the day. Rice had the opportunity for another touchdown, but after getting the team down the 1-yard line, Joe Flacco stole the touchdown with a quarterback sneak. Through the air, Rice was his typical efficient self. He took advantage of good matchups, especially once when lined up against defensive lineman Matt Shaunnessy. Rice won the route with ease as Baltimore marched into field goal range with the big gain. All told, Rice had 68 total yards on 17 touches in a blowout win. Considering the large lead Baltimore had for a majority of the game and the tough early sledding in the run game, it was a good performance by one of the best backs in fantasy.
2012 Week 11 vs PIT (20 / 40 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Pittsburgh sold out to stop Ray Rice. Pittsburgh routinely stacked eight defenders in the box and put the onus on Joe Flacco to beat them on the perimeter. Each of Rice's carries were hardnosed, AFC North carries that resulted in minimal gains. Throughout the game, Rice displayed great vision and impressive inline run skills that turned losses into three or four yard gains. To offset Pittsburgh interior pressure, the Ravens opted to work the edges and utilize Rice's superior pass catching ability. During his team's fourth drive, Rice caught a touch pass from Flacco and accelerated up the right sideline for a 30-yard gain. Lawrence Timmons was matched up against Rice in man coverage, but Timmons chased Flacco as he began to roll out of the pocket. Flacco floated the ball over Timmons and Rice made the play happen in space. After halftime, Rice registered his longest run of the day, a shifty run up the middle for eight yards. Rice was met by Timmons at the line of scrimmage, but made an impressive jump cut that only a few running backs can make. With his team preserving a small fourth quarter lead, Rice showed why he's one of the game's best running backs. Rice did not shy away from contact as he pounded away at the Pittsburgh defense for minimal gains. Even though he didn't find the end zone, Rice brought stability, an attitude, and leadership to this pivotal AFC North match-up.
2012 Week 12 vs SD (22 / 97 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 67 / 0 rec)
Rice put up one of the quietest 164 yards from scrimmage you'll see, although one of those plays will certainly make all of the highlight reels this week. He was very involved throughout the contest with thirty total touches, but it wasn't until late in the game that he really started moving the chains. Late in the first half, he broke a 13-yard run but that was mostly because the San Diego defense had softened up with little time remaining and Baltimore facing third and long. Late in the game, Rice found some more running room although the Ravens curiously went away from him in a big spot. Facing fourth down and inches, the Ravens called Bernard Pierce's number. He was subsequently dropped in the backfield for a huge loss and a turnover on downs. Perhaps that play was fresh in the coaches' minds when they again faced a critical fourth down. On fourth down and 29 to go, QB Joe Flacco dumped off a short pass over the middle to Rice less than ten yards from the line of scrimmage. Rice did the rest, taking off up the field and using some key blocks to amazingly pick up 29 yards and keep the drive (and game) alive. The officials reviewed the play because it did appear that Rice had come up just shy of the first down marker, but it was eventually determined that he had reached the line to gain. Shortly thereafter, Baltimore kicked the game-tying field goal. In the overtime session, Rice picked up an additional 23 yards on the ground and through the air.
2012 Week 13 vs PIT (12 / 78 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Rice was barely used in the first three quarters of this game, as Bernard Pierce carried much of the workload. On a delayed handoff however, Rice cutback across the field before sprinting down the left sideline for a touchdown that gave his team the lead at an important moment. After that run, Rice opened the next drive with a run outside right tackle that went for 10 yards. Rice finished the game with 12 carries, even though he was often stopped for only short gains, his ability to break off big runs alone warrants that he be given the ball more often in tight games like this. As it so often is, this game is another perfect example of why NFL watchers are very frustrated with the play-calling of Cam Cameron.
2012 Week 14 vs WAS (20 / 121 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
The Baltimore Ravens are perhaps the NFL's most predictable football team, operating in a cyclical situation. In the event of a win, the Ravens receive credit for the extensive use of one of the league's premier offensive weapons, Ray Rice. However, the Ravens seem to play for the weeks ahead rather than the present, so following a win, Rice's usage is tapered, which might result in a loss. In the event of a loss, the Ravens - particularly Baltimore Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron - are castigated for Rice's lack of involvement in the offensive game plan. Baltimore is thus compelled to feature Rice heavily in order to give the team good odds of winning the game. The Ravens lost to the Charlie Batch-led Steelers during Week Thirteen - a game in which Rice did not touch the ball in the fourth quarter - so Rice received twenty-three touches and gained one hundred and forty-two yards from scrimmage against the Redskins in Week Fourteen. Unfortunately, Baltimore lost and Rice suffered a hip pointer injury late in the game, but Rice stuffed the stat sheet nonetheless, as he typically does when the Ravens give him touches. Baltimore also fired Cameron on Monday morning. Rice looked every bit of the dominant, every-down running back that he is facing, despite facing Washington's formidable run defense. The Ravens called his number on the first three snaps, and Rice delivered sixty-three yards on the ground, including a forty-six yard scamper off multiple cutbacks. Rice was headed for the end zone, but wide receiver Torrey Smith proved indecisive on a downfield block and the Redskins stopped Rice. Nevertheless, Rice would tote the rock on the very next snap for a twelve-yard run up the gut. Save that forty-six yard run early in the first quarter, Rice found the Redskins' front seven to be hard to penetrate. His second-longest run came on his first carry of the third quarter, a nine-yard jaunt off the right guard. The Ravens did a fairly decent job of getting Rice holes to run through, but the Rutgers product did not get far before the Redskins tackled him. Rice did manage to find the end zone at FedEx Field, scoring on a breezy seven-yard run off the left guard. He finished with one hundred and twenty-one yards on the ground and added fifteen yards on three catches. The Ravens reported that Rice was not in major discomfort following his hip injury, and did re-enter the game after suffering it. Rice's status, along with the situation in Baltimore on the offensive side of the ball, is worth watching in the coming days.
2012 Week 15 vs DEN (12 / 38 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 3 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice only had a handful of totes on the day for two big reasons. One, the Ravens couldn't get anything going on offense, not converting a first down until midway through the second quarter. Two, the game got out of hand early and forced the Ravens into catch up mode for much of the second half. On Rice's 12 runs, the Broncos defense completely stuffed up the Ravens offensive line and gave Rice almost zero running room. Rice was almost stymied on all 3 of his receptions, the long going for a mere 5 yards. Rice did show nice cuts on two runs out of the shotgun, but we know what he brings to the table in terms of skill at this point. This was simply a day in which one unit overpowered another. Bernard Pierce actually found running room on a couple of runs against a Broncos run defense that played lights out throughout the day, including a 15 yard jaunt down the left hand side. Pierce also broke a 4 yard gain in which he carried multiple tacklers about 3 yards, and turned a -6 yard gain into a half yard gain by causing defenders to miss in the backfield. Pierce showed decent skill given how little room there was to operate on the day.
2012 Week 16 vs NYG (24 / 107 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 51 / 1 rec)
Ray Rice ran extremely well for the Ravens on Sunday and deserves a lot of credit for dismantling the Giants defense. Rice ran a wide variety of rushing plays very effectively. He had great vision, power and quickness to exploit holes in the Giants up front. Rice also ran with determination and rarely got pushed back by defenders, always falling forward to gain as many yards as available. The Giants defense did not provide much resistance to Rice as they could not stop the pass or running game but Rice did a great job in making them pay. Rice looked very impressive and quick on his touchdown catch in the second half. Rice hauled in a pass over the middle from Flacco and made several defenders grasp air as he burst into the endzone for the score. Rice was also a weapon in the passing game at times and converted a third down through the air on a checkdown pass. Rice ran mostly up the middle and on simple run plays to the left but he turned many simple plays into big chunks on the ground. Rice had several big runs, including a burst up the middle of the defense that was helped by excellent blocking up front.
2012 Week 17 vs CIN (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Baltimore benching their starters early on, Rice was given three carries (for minimal gains) before being pulled.
2012 Week 18 vs IND (15 / 70 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 47 / 0 rec)
While Rice was highly efficient with his 16 touches, he was one of the main reasons the Ravens did not take a commanding lead over the Colts early in the game this week. He bumped into his own offensive lineman on a red zone carry and eventually fumbled on the play. That fumble took at least three points off the board early for the Ravens, who had all the momentum at that point. Later in the first half, Rice had room for more yards on two separate occasions, but was just tripped up before getting to the next level. Before making his big play on a screen pass to setup the Ravens' first touchdown, Rice dropped a routine outlet target. On the ground, Bernard Pierce had just as much success or more against the overmatched Indianapolis defensive front than Rice. Pierce played quite a bit in the second half and Rice had yet another fumble in the fourth quarter, again in Colts territory. The Colts were unable to take full advantage of Rice's fumbles and remained in the trail position for over three quarters. That will likely not be the case against Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the next round. Rice will have a much greater challenge against Denver's active front seven and in pass protection against one of the best pass rushes in the league.
2012 Week 19 vs DEN (30 / 131 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rice was the sustaining force in the Baltimore offense against Denver. He saw the ball 30 times in the run game, but strangely did not record a reception. For a majority of the first half, Rice found like room to operate. Other than an impressive jump cut to get free on the opening drive, he was stacked up with regularity, including on third-and-short. He did most of his damage in the third quarter. After getting stuffed on his first two carries of the second half, Rice went to work. He got loose on an outside toss on third down, running free down the sideline. After a big hole was created up the middle on another run, Rice juked a safety to get all the way down inside the five-yard-line. After getting Baltimore to the goal line, he was rewarded. Rice got three straight carries and plowed into the end zone on his third attempt, squaring the game at 28-all. Rice did not make an impact again until Baltimore intercepted Peyton Manning as the first overtime period was about to expire, giving the offense the ball around midfield. Rice powered for 11 yards, one of his best runs of the day, to get into range for the eventual game-winning field goal. With Bernard Pierce limping off the field on two occasions in this game, Rice may be in line for another 30+ touches against New England in the AFC championship game next week.
2012 Week 20 vs NE (19 / 48 / 1 rush, 0 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
The Ravens' first three offensive plays were designed to go to Rice. He carried the ball up the middle twice for six yards combined, before Joe Flacco missed him in the flat with a swing pass. Rice could have caught the ball, but let it go as the blocking ahead of him had been beaten either way. Rice wasn't getting free with his carries initially, as the Patriots' defense swarmed to the football, but he finally found space after running an out route from the backfield and escaping single coverage for a first down. After a big pass to Torrey Smith, Rice finally found some space up the middle with an eight yard gain through right guard. Three plays later, Rice broke two tackles at the goalline to escape outside left tackle for a touchdown. Rice was contained again to start the third quarter, but on the Ravens' second drive in the half, he turned a broken screen play into a 10+ yard gain with his agility and awareness beating defenders. It was a play that would give San Diego Chargers fans nightmares of that 4th down conversion in the regular season. On first and 10 late in the third quarter, the Ravens lined Rice up as a wide receiver and tried to throw him a screen pass. Unfortunately for Rice, the defense read it and this time he couldn't escape. Rice had a five yard run over left guard that was negated for an accepted defensive penalty, before running for three yards on the next snap with the same call. With the Ravens trying to run out the clock late in the fourth quarter, they turned to Rice. His first carry was stuffed at the line, before he escaped outside left tackle for a nine yard gain. He then showed good patience in the backfield to side-step a defender before burrowing his way forward for a first down. Rice stepped aside for Pollard and Leach to earn the next first down, before coming in again after with his team already celebrating on the sideline.
2011 Week 1 vs PIT (19 / 107 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 42 / 1 rec)
Rice was the best player on the field in this game. His ability to run lower than any other running back in the league allowed him to bounce off multiple tackles by the normally incredibly sound Steelers defense. He also displayed power on his first run when he delivered a stiff-arm to Ryan Clark that LaDanian Tomlinson would have been jealous of in his prime. His ability to leave the backfield quickly and make himself for his quarterback when the team's receivers are covered is uncanny. Flacco makes two reads - very rarely three - before looking down to Rice and allowing him to make plays. On Rice's TD catch, he flared toward the sideline and outran Lawrence Timmons - the Steelers' fastest linebacker. Rice's performance in this game - considering the defense - could end up being a top-three running back performance in any game this season. Had the game not been a blowout, Rice would have received even more touches and made his statline even more impressive. His effectiveness in what amounted to basically just over three quarters was incredible. He's absolutely elite.
2011 Week 2 vs TEN (13 / 43 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 53 / 1 rec)
Rice didn't have a whole lot of running room either. The defensive line of Tennessee just manhandled Baltimore, and kept Rice from ever getting anything going on the ground. But boy was his touchdown a thing of beauty! Rice caught a screen pass, and then just "pinballed" his way through about four missed tackles up the right side of the field. Rice is not super fast, he's not extremely elusive, but he possess great lower body control and balance, as well as great hands, and gets the job done in the open field. If you imagine that this is perhaps going to be one of the worst offensive games Baltimore will have this year, and he STILL gets 96 combined yards, a touchdown and 5 catches....you can see why he is a top 3 back in all formats, and perhaps the number 1 PPR back in the league. The difference in Rice and Chris Johnson was apparent in this game though. When the Titans can't run the ball, CJ is practically useless, as he just isn't a fluid receiver. But Rice is a smooth receiver, and the Ravens do a great job of working him into the game plan.
2011 Week 3 vs STL (9 / 81 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 83 / 0 rec)
It's a testament to how good you are when you get 8 carries and still manage to get 160 yards of offense. We all may have expected to see 20 carries out of Rice and to see the Ravens offense try to control possession. As it was, the Ravens went for the jugular and then Rice mopped up. By the time Flacco was done throwing deep balls, Rice had huge holes both in the running and receiving game. His 53 yard run was a thing of beauty, as he moves upfield with such fluidity and is able to combine his ability to break tackles without being touched with his strength. He broke at least 5 tackles just on open field jukes. Rice isn't thought of as the fastest running back in the league, but he is so steady, has great hands, and has the ability to spot that open field, make the defenders miss and then get upfield in a hurry. On a day where he wasn't a heavy part of the gameplan, his big run and his constant contributions in the passing game kept the Rams from even contemplating a comeback and helped the Ravens keep the foot firmly pressed on the gas.
2011 Week 4 vs NYJ (25 / 66 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 64 / 0 rec)
As is the case more often than not, Ray Rice was the offense. While early on the Ravens had some trouble moving the ball on the ground while simultaneously insisting on throwing the ball on nearly every down (allowing the Jets to come back in with the turnovers that produced), Rice got fed the ball more and more as the game progressed. Still, he had to fight for ever yard and never was able to break a long run. He kept his legs churning though and fought hard on every carry. He was also a huge factor in the passing game, even on just two catches. On his big, 52 yard reception, Rice took an intermediate pass over the middle and was hit when he went up for the pass. The defender was unable to wrap Rice up, and the running back took off running towards the sideline and downfield, gathering blockers as he went until the Jets finally took him down. Rice continues to be an explosive playmaker for the Ravens and he was the weapon they used to grind the clock out in the second half.
2011 Week 6 vs HOU (23 / 101 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)
The Ravens running game had little room to work in the first half. Rice opened the game with a pair of 6 yard carries and then his next six rushes went for four yards total. However Rice maintained his active role in the Ravens offense with 4 catches for 49 yards in the first half. In the second half, the Ravens passing game opened up the run and Rice began to pick up chunks of yardage with hard running. Rice showed great cutback ability and balance, staying on his feet after a hit to pick up 27 yards and get the ball inside the five. Ricky Williams would then get the touchdown while Rice took a breather.
2011 Week 7 vs JAX (8 / 28 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
Fantasy owners had be hoping for a lot more production from their elite running back tonight, well it didn't happen 13 touches for the center piece of the offense sums up the evening for Rice and the Ravens team as a whole. On his long carry of the night for 12 yards gave the Ravens their first first down of the evening with 5:00 minutes left in the third quarter. Rice was hurt by the lack sustained drives, the only thing that helped salvage his night was being targeted 8 times catching 5 of them for 35 yards as a check down receiver. Adding insult to the evening Rice managed to lose a fumble on one of his 13 touches a rarity for him during his career.
2011 Week 8 vs ARI (18 / 63 / 3 rush, 9 / 7 / 36 / 0 rec)
Rice was very solid, compiling 99 total yards on his 25 touches. But it was the career high three touchdowns that really put a stamp on his fantasy stat line. And for those scores, Rice owners have WR Anquan Boldin to thank. Three times in the second half, Boldin drew pass interference penalties either at the goal line or in the end zone. And on all three possessions, Rice took the ensuing handoff in for a short touchdown run. On the first, he walked through a gaping hole from a yard out. On the second, a quick stutter step shook the defender, then he burst ahead for the score. And on the last one, he did a great job of reading his blocks and patiently waiting for the play to develop. And once the hole opened up, he drove through it on a cut-back for the score. That was one aspect of the Baltimore offense that hadn't been seen in recent weeks, the opening of huge holes for Rice. The line created space, and Rice hit the holes hard. It wasn't the Rice-fest some people expected after all of the noise about his limited touches a week ago, but they did at least make a conscious effort to get him the ball more than a week ago. He had a shot at his fourth touchdown on Baltimore's final offensive possession, but he was tripped up at the goal line. Two plays later, Billy Cundiff kicked the game winning field goal.
2011 Week 9 vs PIT (18 / 43 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
On the game's first play, Rice tore through a hole and appeared to have ripped off a 76-yard touchdown. It was called back, however, by a holding call on wide receiver Torrey Smith. Rice showed great burst and vision on the play. Throughout the rest of the game, Baltimore ran conservatively on early downs and threw for 3rd down conversions. Baltimore continued to show that Rice is their preferred option on the goal line as he got a couple carries in close and converted one. He nearly converted another on the team's opening drive but was ruled down due to forward progress despite his display of balance and drive, which actually got him over the goal line before hitting the ground. He's always going to be the carrier of the load for this team.
2011 Week 10 vs SEA (5 / 27 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 54 / 0 rec)
Rice just disappeared from the game plan, with a total of five carries on the day. Even at the goal line, the Ravens called two passing plays in a row. On the first, Rice motioned out wide, and on the second, he was used as a decoy on a play action call. Late in the game as a receiver, he was clearly the Ravens' best chance at moving the ball, but it's a mystery as to why his number wasn't called earlier and more often. The Ravens were down, sure, but not far enough to abandon the running game - and especially when the passing game was faltering. Give him a mulligan. The game plan gave him very little opportunity to contribute.
2011 Week 11 vs CIN (20 / 104 / 2 rush, 10 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
Rice was the beneficiary of the Ravens resolve to involve him after last week's misuse. He had one drop and tough sledding in the first quarter as the Bengals came out fired up on defense. He was running hard up the middle and getting pounded for it. Both of his TDs came on short runs as it was Rice and not Ricky Williams getting all of the red zone carries. A majority of his rushing yardage came early in the third quarter on a 59 yard gain. He showed great explosion into the secondary, made one man miss and then took off. He was caught at the end of the run, but still showed good speed on the big gain. He had a 36 yard gain called back because of an illegal crack back and most of the rest of his success came in the passing game. He did a marvelous job of hanging behind his blockers just long enough on a screen pass. Late in the game Rice grabbed his hamstring after a 17 yard pass, but he stayed in the game and rushed 3 more times for 9 yards.
2011 Week 12 vs SF (21 / 59 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
While the 49ers shied away from Gore at times, the Ravens force fed Ray Rice, albeit with little success. Rice was stuffed for 3 yards or less on most of his touches, but did have a couple of nice pick ups at opportune times. On the Ravens first drive, Rice took a 2nd and 9 carry for 10 yards, showing his trademark shiftiness in knifing through the 49ers linebackers. Rice also showed patience later in the quarter when there was no hole. He waited just long enough and then slid through a small opening for a 7 yard gain. Rice took a 1st down carry from the 15 and again found just a sliver in the line, broke to the second level and if not for a great tackle by a safety would have had a touchdown. With two carries inside the 5, he failed to score, losing 4 yards on the 2nd carry after stringing out a run a little too long. Rice got another carry inside the 10 in the third quarter but was again smothered for no gain. After the touchdown, when the Ravens switched to clock killing mode, Rice had less success than backfield partner Ricky Williams. There just wasn't much room for Rice's shiftiness in this smash mouth game. Rice's sole success in the passing game came on the Ravens final scoring drive. After catching a pass in the flats, Rice showed amazing balance to stay on his feet after breaking one tackle and then sprinted down the sideline for a 17 yard gain
2011 Week 13 vs CLE (29 / 204 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Rice more than made up for the Ravens unimpressive passing game. His first carry was a sign of things to come, a thirty yard dash through a small crack in the left side of the line. The safety made a great open field tackle on that play or it would have been a score for Rice. The first drive didn't end quite as impressively though, as he was stuffed on a 4th and 1 in Browns territory. When the Ravens got the ball back it was all Ray Rice again. He ripped off runs of 7, 14 and 10 yards in succession, all of them well blocked with Rice choosing the perfect hole each time. This time he finished the drive off with an impressive 6 yard TD, trucking the Browns safety at the 2 to finish off the run. He was fairly quiet for the remainder of the half, but started the second half just like the first with a 10 yard run, showing excellent vision to pick just the right hole and just the right time. His biggest run of the day came late in the third quarter. Rice had a huge hole on the left side, and then made the safety miss badly in the secondary. Excellent hustle from several Browns prevented him from scoring but the 67 yard scamper did set up another Ravens TD. As the 4th quarter rolled around the Browns were clearly selling out on the run and Rice's style was not quite as effective as Ricky Williams' straightforward approach. He did make a sweet move on a linebacker to pick up 9 yards and a first down on 3rd and 8. He also ground out just enough tough 4th quarter carries to put him over 200 yards on the day. A lot of Rice's success can be attributed to great blocking from his line, but his vision and speed made the line look almost perfect.
2011 Week 14 vs IND (26 / 103 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)
Rice had a real solid day. He often made the first defender miss and was able to turn plays that could have easily been losses into positive gains. Rice had more success running to the left side. He got his TD run and his longest run of the day by going behind the left side. On the TD run, he was able to shake a defender that met him in the backfield before bouncing outside and showing off his speed to get the edge for the TD. Baltimore O-Line won the line of scrimmage and often made big holes for Rice. Rice just wasn't able to break any really long runs but if had, he could have had a monster day. On a side note, Rice broke 1000 rushing yards on the year.
2011 Week 15 vs SD (10 / 57 / 0 rush, 11 / 9 / 55 / 0 rec)
Rice broke a nice 22-yard run to the outside on his first carry of the game. He had some decent room to run, doing a nice job of reading his blocks, early on. Rice looked smooth and efficient in regularly picking up chunks of yardage, but the problem is that the Ravens fell behind by so much so early on that Rice wasn't able to get into a rushing rhythm once the score got out of control. He still contributed in the passing game, and added some late yardage in the all-important "garbage time".
2011 Week 16 vs CLE (23 / 87 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 48 / 1 rec)
Rice did most of his damage in the second quarter with 29 yards rushing and a fairly simple 42 yard TD reception. On the TD Rice ran a wheel route out of the backfield and the linebacker had no safety help. By the time the ball hit him in stride Rice was 3 steps clear of the linebacker and ran it in for the score. Rice showed great vision on a couple of shifty runs in the third quarter, picking up 8 yards but knowing just when and where to cut. The Browns were clearly not afraid of the pass in the 4th quarter and shut down most of his opportunities late.
2011 Week 17 vs CIN (24 / 191 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice was the engine for the Ravens offense, grinding out the tough yards and keeping the chains moving throughout. Rice managed to break off two 50+ yard touchdown runs, the second of which iced the game. Both runs were punctuated by the great cutback ability and acceleration of Rice, who read his blocks well and exploded for big gains. The Ravens run blocking was impressive, making Rice's bigger runs possible. Rice should be a top three pick in drafts next season.
2011 Week 19 vs HOU (21 / 60 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice was held in check for the majority of this game by a very stout Texans' run defense. Rice simply had nowhere to run and often had to check his runs and cutback, often into the teeth of more Houston defenders. Despite his frustration, Rice continued to pound the rock. On a goal line stand by Houston, Rice was stuffed twice as the Texans started to flex their muscles in the trenches. Rice's biggest play in terms of yardage was a 21-yard screen pass during which he followed his big guard for a nice gain.
2011 Week 20 vs NE (21 / 67 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Like the rest of the Ravens offense, Ray Rice started slow early, but he made some good runs in the second and third quarter to keep the offense on schedule. His normal burst, power, and elusiveness weren't quite there, but Rice was still running strong and getting tough yards. He limped off in the second half, but quickly returned. Curiously, Rice's number wasn't called on any designed passing plays such as screens for him, which will go down as another strange Cam Cameron decision in the postseason. Rice is a free agent now, but the Ravens are sure to franchise him if they can't reach an agreement on a long-term deal.
2010 Week 1 vs NYJ (21 / 43 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Rice carried the ball 21 times in this game and despite a constant barrage of Jets defenders penetrating into the backfield and stuffing several of his runs for no gain, the shifty back kept running hard with good pad level and determination. Rice did a tremendous job in pass protection on a key 3rd and 13 play for the Ravens, allowing his QB the time to find Todd Heap for a first down. Rice caught a screen pass and motored upfield for 15 yards, showing his burst and patience to follow his blocks. As the game progressed, Rice continued to show how patient a runner he is, hiding behind his offensive line to prevent Jets defenders from rifling into the backfield. Against an extremely stout and disciplined defense, Rice's performance was a very solid one. He kept running hard all game long and although he didn't break off any long runs, he allowed the Ravens to maintain a balance offensively which is so important.
2010 Week 2 vs CIN (16 / 87 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Rice was given the 1st 3 touches of the football game. He would only get another 13 carries the rest of the way. Rice looked very good. In the middle of the 2nd quarter Baltimore went back to Rice and he was doing what I call the pop n bounce off would be tacklers. The Ravens would have been wise to stick with Rice throughout the game. He would have had a mediocre day and might have still in non PPR leagues but in leagues that were PPR, Rice managed about 15 points and owners cannot be too sore about it. Flacco turning the ball over did not help matters. Rice was 11 for 78 yds on 1st and 10 for the whole game. The Ravens need to trust in Rice some of the time and today would have been an especially good time.
2010 Week 3 vs CLE (15 / 80 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)
Rice looked as good as ever, running low, breaking tackles, and showing a good burst in the open field when he found running lanes. He kept the chains moving and the Browns defense off balance in a back-and-forth game before leaving the contest in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. The Ravens indicated that they don't think there is any ligament or cartilage damage, but only an MRI will tell the full extent of the injury.
2010 Week 4 vs PIT (8 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Rice clearly had more knee issues than he or the Ravens led on during the week. As noted above, McGahee started the game and had more carries despite not playing the final 1+ quarters. Once McGahee went down, the Ravens actually turned to LaRon McClain before he went down with the aforementioned injury. One has to hope that a lack of work - specifically the goal-line situation listed above - is due only to Rice's knee being tender, as opposed to a lack of confidence in him. Furthermore, that same hope has to be wishful that his knee can fully recover soon. His playing in this game would lead viewers to believe that it should be OK soon, but many players have had various knee injuries linger longer than expected. With McGahee's concussion and the seriousness of McClain's injury unknown at the time of this writing, Rice could be the only healthy option for the Ravens next week - if he himself is even fully healthy.
2010 Week 5 vs DEN (27 / 133 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice had an incredible day, rewarding his long-suffering owners with bigtime yardage and a couple touchdowns. The Broncos simply had no answer for Rice, whose combination of speed and strength completely wore down the defense. The Ravens rode the hot hand, giving him the ball 27 times, as well as using him out of the backfield as well. There wasn't any one spectacular play that stood out, but Rice was able to continually give his offense positive yards play after play. In the second half, the coaching staff made a concerted effort to put the ball in his hands more and more, as the passing game wasn't getting things done. Once that happened, the game was basically over, as Rice just tore out the hearts of the Broncos with big run after big run, culminating in his final 1 yard plunge that put the game out of reach.
2010 Week 7 vs BUF (16 / 72 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Rice had a decent stat line at the end of the day for the Ravens on the ground and was productive with the carries he was given. His production was hampered by Baltimore passing often to catch up to Buffalo and passes not going his way from Flacco. He showed patience and burst on an early inside run, but was contained somewhat in this game from the big play by the Buffalo defense and had to be content with modest gains inside all day.
2010 Week 9 vs MIA (22 / 83 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 97 / 0 rec)
Amazing day and was torching Miami with his receptions while Miami was double covering Anquan Boldin and making sure they didn't get beat deep by him very often. Meanwhile Rice was tearing Miami apart underneath with screens and quick passes form Flacco. In PPR leagues Rice was gold this past Sunday and he looked fresh. Baltimore had a bye week last week and Rice looked ready to roll for the 2nd half of the season. Rice was running hard as well although he does seem to leave the game when they get inside the 20 or 30 yard line of their opponents quite often.
2010 Week 10 vs ATL (12 / 59 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice had a very productive game. Unfortunately, the Falcons early lead meant that the Ravens had to lean on the passing game more and more as the game wore on, minimizing Rice's chances for a big statistical day. His best play came on a screen pass in the fourth quarter as the Ravens drove to take their first (and only) lead of the day. On the play, Rice caught the ball in space on the left side of the line and turned upfield. He patiently followed his blockers and broke two tackles before rumbling upfield for a much needed gain. Rice was effective as a runner as well in averaging almost 5 yards per rush. His best rush came on a play off tackle to the left in the second quarter that saw him meet initial contact at the line, turn to the outside, and drive two defenders upfield for a short gain on a play that would have stopped most backs for a loss.
2010 Week 11 vs CAR (19 / 65 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)
It was just another day at the office for Ray Rice on Sunday, as he rushed for 65 yards and a score and added another 66 yards on six receptions through the air. Rice didn't break many runs save for his 13-yard scamper (his longest on the day) and essentially chipped away for 3-4 yard gains throughout most of his 19 carries. However he continues to produce in the fantasy realm thanks to his nearly equal showing through the air week in and week out.
2010 Week 12 vs TB (20 / 85 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 47 / 0 rec)
Rice was used in both the rushing attack and the passing game, and while he failed to put up huge numbers in either aspect, he finished with productive numbers. Rice averaged just over four yards per carry on the ground, but could not bust through for many big runs that have plagued the Tampa Bay defense throughout the year. However, late in the game Rice was used to close the game out, and looked impressive late in the fourth quarter when everyone including the Buccaneers knew he was getting the ball. Rice made plays in the passing game with seven receptions, a definite plus for owners in PPR leagues.
2010 Week 13 vs PIT (9 / 32 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Rice is the last running back to rush for 100 yards against Pittsburgh and the only to have done so in the last 45 Steelers' games. He was bottled up in this one though just like Mendenhall was. In fact, these teams didn't even combine for 100 rushing yards against each other's bruising defenses. Rice has also made impact plays in the receiving game in recent memory against Pittsburgh (his 50+ yard catch and run where he beat James Farrior one-on-one on a 4th down play last year to set up the tying points in the overtime game at Baltimore comes to mind). He was covered very well by the Steeler defense in this game though. Pittsburgh often eliminated the mismatch of Farrior on Rice by blitzing Farrior and using the much faster Lawrence Timmons to cover Rice. Rice is still an elite talent, but it seems that Baltimore prefers using their bigger backs against Pittsburgh because the best way to get yards is to simply hit the pile and lean as opposed to creating large holes and avoiding tacklers. That method is near impossible against this team.
2010 Week 14 vs HOU (19 / 54 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 66 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice put together perhaps his most complete game of the season as he touched the ball 27 times for 120 total yards. Rice was an efficient pass catcher and ran well up the middle against the Texans defense. Rice did give way to Willis McGahee in the redzone, which is something that will only continue to frustrate fantasy owners waiting for Rice to have a game more akin to his 2009 campaign. Rice's best runs came to the left side of the field. For some reason, he appears more patient in waiting for blocks to develop when he takes the ball to he right. When running to the left, Rice barrels in to the line with reckless abandon, which doesn't always produce great results. That said, his best run came on a run off tackle to the left where Rice found a hole waiting, ran through it, then darted back to the right leaving three Houston defenders diving at thin air. Rice's running looks as powerful as it did in 2009 but his lack of patience in waiting for holes is limiting his big play ability. In the passing game, Rice is much more effective as the Ravens are getting the ball to him in space on screen passes near the sideline.
2010 Week 15 vs NO (31 / 153 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 80 / 1 rec)
Rice had his best game of the year, and maybe as a pro. He was a force in the passing game, catching a wheel route for a TD and also busting a long gain on a screen pass to reverse any momentum the Saints had built after they pulled with four points in the third quarter. Rice got almost all of the early touches in the offense - five in a row at one point - and he ran really well between the tackles. He was patient, but strong with a good initial burst between the tackles, and he also broke a long run when he got outside on 4th and 1. Rice had another long run to counter the Saints second half momentum again when they tied the score in the fourth quarter, setting up the game-winning field goal. There's no reason that the Ravens will go away from this Rice-centered offense, and he should help a lot of teams win titles over the next two weeks.
2010 Week 16 vs CLE (25 / 92 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice had a subpar day by his lofty standards but accumulated a good deal of rushing yardage and most importantly, kept the Ravens offense ticking over throughout the game. Rice found very little room at times, but used his vision and ability to get skinny in the hole to make positive yardage on almost all of his runs. Rice only had one catch in the receiving game which went for no yards. This is a Rice-centric offense now.
2010 Week 17 vs CIN (20 / 77 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rice ran tough and didn't have many first half holes as the Cincy defense was swarming and gave him no holes to run through. But in the 2nd half, the Ravens offensive line wore down the Bengals, and Rice began using his quickness and agility to squirt through the openings for a few solid gains. His 7 yard touchdown in the third quarter gave the Ravens a 13 point lead and then he continued running hard in the 4th quarter, as his coaching staff curiously continued to use him, even though the Ravens have a playoff game next weekend and the game meant nothing to that end.
2010 Week 18 vs KC (17 / 57 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 42 / 1 rec)
Rice was only average running the football, but as usual he was highly effective catching it out of the backfield. He had the second highest reception total of any player in the game, and hauled in what turned out to be the game-winning score out of the backfield. Rice had leaked out into the flat and was wide open. QB Joe Flacco saw this, hit him on the back shoulder, Rice turned to find nothing in front of him but the end zone, and he waltzed over the goal line untouched to provide a 10-7 lead. Rice was the one in the game late when the Ravens were grinding and trying to run out the clock, but he gave way to Willis McGahee on a short yardage run on fourth down. Unfortunately for Rice owners, McGahee ended up taking the run up the middle and not stopping until he had scampered 25 yards downfield for the score. Otherwise, Rice likely would have come back in on any ensuing rushes to try and run out the clock.
2010 Week 19 vs PIT (12 / 32 / 1 rush, 8 / 7 / 32 / 0 rec)
Rice is by far Baltimore's most effective and dangerous offensive player. That says a lot about Rice but also highlights a lack of big playmakers throughout the rest of the offensive huddle. In the first half, when Baltimore was able to run more than 2 plays at a time without a turnover, Rice ran effectively due to the pass setting up the run. The Ravens used the run as a surprise instead of an offensive staple, and Rice's touchdown run showcased that strategy. The Steelers don't give up many rushing touchdowns - let along ones longer than 10 yards. But Rice punched it in from 14 - brushing off a hit from Troy Polamalu near the goal line. Rice also shook Polamalu on a critical 3rd down catch to gain 8 yards when 7 were needed to convert. Rice caught the ball about 5 yards from the line of scrimmage but avoided a fast-closing Polamalu to get the yardage necessary to continue the drive and set up a touchdown three plays later. Like Flacco though, Rice didn't play two good halves of football in this one. The Steelers had just gone 3-and-out down by 14 when Flacco hit Rice for a safe pass on 3rd-and-15. If Rice gets tackled to set up a punt, it's a mildly successful possession for Baltimore. But while making a move, Rice let the ball get away from his body and got it stripped by Ryan Clark from behind. The Steelers went on to score a touchdown just two plays later, and the comeback was on.
2009 Week 1 vs KC (19 / 108 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Rice was the featured tailback for the Ravens in Week 1, racking up over 100 yards for just the second time in his young career. He lost out on a touchdown by stepping out at the one-yard line and getting vultured by Le'Ron McClain. Rice was highly productive all game, gaining 75 yards in the second half alone. He is not much of a cutter or slash and dash back, but he will hit a hole hard and run strong behind his pads, gaining full advantage of what his offensive line gives him. Should he start to get more goal line work the fantasy RB2 could move up in value as the season wears on, but for now he is limited in upside with both Willis McGahee and LeRon McClain stealing his scoring opportunities.
2009 Week 2 vs SD (8 / 36 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
One of the biggest fantasy breakout candidates of the season is Ray Rice. After a successful Week 1 performance, a lot of owners expected him to really bust loose against San Diego. While Rice did look good with the ball in his hands, he didn't come close to busting out. Rather than shoulder the load on the ground, he saw just eight carries to Willis McGahee's fifteen. What's more, Rice failed to find the end zone - something he has still never done in his career. Rice was active in the passing game, showing terrific hands and concentration on a fade down the sideline, and showing excellent agility in the open field.
2009 Week 3 vs CLE (11 / 48 / 1 rush, 7 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Rice was effective between the tackles, grinding out yards on early downs and between the twenties before giving way to Willis McGahee in the red zone. Rice was also productive as a receiver out of the backfield, as the Ravens targeted him over the middle and on flares frequently.
2009 Week 4 vs NE (11 / 103 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Rice had a 100-yard game on only 11 carries. He ran with great power for a smaller back, breaking tackles and using his superior balance to get yards after contact. He also showed a second gear on his long run of 50 yards, and did a lot of damage as a receiver out of the backfield, especially on the would-be game-winning drive. He even spun in the air to make one catch, and flashed an unstoppable stop-start move on a few touches. He's the best offensive weapon on this team.
2009 Week 5 vs CIN (14 / 69 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 74 / 1 rec)
Rice took nearly all of the rush attempts for Baltimore this week, with 14 to Willis McGahee's one. The Ravens had very few red zone snaps, however, which is where McGahee usually gets most of his work. Rice was decisive, but found little running room inside. He looked better when able to bounce runs outside the tackles. He was also very effective as an outlet receiver and broke multiple tackles on a short pass he turned into a long touchdown.
2009 Week 6 vs MIN (10 / 77 / 2 rush, 11 / 10 / 117 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee may still be on the team, but Ray Rice is the leading runner. Rice was the spark plug that kept the Baltimore engine running, despite being down by as many as 17 points with ten minutes to go. Rice ran hard against a tough Minnesota defense, and was a big part of the Baltimore comeback late in the game. When the Vikings were blitzing, and the wideouts were covered, Flacco calmly dumped the ball to Rice underneath for short and medium gains. On the final drive of the first half, Flacco hit Rice on four of his first five passes, taking what the defense would give and putting his team in a position to get some points on the board. After a quiet first half, Rice exploded in the second half. When the Ravens were making a comeback, he took a short screen pass, broke four tackles and raced 62 yards to set up the 12 yard pass to Mason. On the next possession, he took an off tackle run 33 yards untouched into the end zone and give the Ravens their first lead of the game. On the final possession, Rice had three touches, including a short run to set up the game winning FG. He finished the game with 20 touches for almost 200 yards from scrimmage and 2 TDS.
2009 Week 8 vs DEN (23 / 84 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 24 / 0 rec)
The Broncos really didn't have an answer for Ray Rice on Sunday. Rice didn't finish with the greatest YPC average, but he was running hard and kept his legs churning after contact. With his short stature he was able to hide behind the big offensive linemen, only to burst into the second level and keep the chains moving. When the Ravens went into a hurry up offense it caught the Broncos off guard, which only led to even bigger gains for Ray Rice. As always, Rice was again a trusted receiver for Flacco out of the backfield. With good special teams play the Ravens starting position on most drives was near mid-field. This means the team didn't have to go very far to get into scoring position. Rice was patient and thus able to maximize the amount of yardage on each carry.
2009 Week 9 vs CIN (12 / 48 / 1 rush, 8 / 8 / 87 / 0 rec)
Rice ran hard between the tackles, busting through small holes to gain tough yardage on only 12 carries. Rice was again very effective as a receiver, catching all eight of his targets, often for good yardage. He continues to be difficult to bring down in the open field, using a very good pad level to break tackles and the vision to elude defenders. Willis McGahee spelled him for only a few snaps and saw no rushing attempts. Rice got all the work on the Ravens' lone drive inside the red zone and scored on a tough inside run.
2009 Week 10 vs CLE (20 / 89 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Rice didn't find much room to run against a surprisingly stout Browns defense, but he did convert a 2nd-and-18 on the first half drive that ended with a missed field goal by Steven Hauschka, and he got the 13-yard TD in the second half against a discombobulated Cleveland defense that only had 10 men on the field. Rice ran with his typical strong leg drive and good pad level, getting extra yards even though he was often met at the line of scrimmage. He wasn't used as much as a receiver because the Ravens were able to play conservative offense for most of the second half and never trailed.
2009 Week 11 vs IND (20 / 71 / 0 rush, 10 / 7 / 64 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice has become the catalyst for the Baltimore Ravens and in week 11 this proved to be the case yet again. Rice consistently displayed extremely strong running with his low center of gravity and was a vicious two-way threat in the passing game as well. He was continually leaned on this week by QB Joe Flacco when Flacco did not time to find his options downfield. Rice's strong running was put on display in the 2nd quarter when he broke off a 14 yard run, weaving his way through the front 7 of the Colts. Rice finished with 135 total yards, but failed to find the end zone for the 1st time since week 4.
2009 Week 12 vs PIT (19 / 88 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
We have reached a point where we know what we are going to get from Ray Rice on a week to week basis. He is super quick, has a low center of gravity, makes extremely fast cuts, and sees the field in front him as well as anybody in the league right now. All of that plus the fact that his coach is giving him a consistent workload every week means his value is top shelf to fantasy owners. Rice was featured throughout the game and was breaking off decent sized chunks of yardage often on the ground and through the air. His high work rate culminated in a game changing play late in the game. Rice worked out of the slot for a huge 4th down conversion. On the play, Flacco saw that LB James Farrior was guarding him man to man and got the ball to him immediately on a slant route. Rice took the pass and broke multiple tackles, spinning his way to a 44 yard gain. His efforts setup the game tying FG. In overtime he ran hard while setting up the Ravens game-winning kick.
2009 Week 13 vs GB (14 / 54 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Rice's night got off on the wrong foot when his fumble stalled the Ravens early momentum, and he never really recovered. He was contained well all night as a receiver and a runner. Nick Barnett stoned him for a big loss on one reception, and he had to do everything he could turn a loss into a meager gain on another catch. His best run of the night came in garbage time, and he was pulled at the goal line for McGahee. Once the Ravens fell behind, Rice wasn't involved heavily in the game plan. Rice owners can take solace in the juicy matchup vs. Detroit this week.
2009 Week 14 vs DET (13 / 166 / 1 rush, 7 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice exploded against the Detroit Lions, gashing their defense for big play after big play throughout the first half. Rice had 151 yards on just nine carries before intermission, including a 59-yard touchdown right through the middle of the line and down the left hash marks for an easy score. Rice was given most of the second half off to relax as Baltimore was quickly up 27-3 by the middle of the third quarter and it was not even that close of a game. Rice gets to rest up and get ready for a good matchup at home against the Bears in Week 15.
2009 Week 15 vs CHI (16 / 87 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 17 / 0 rec)
The Ravens line was creating big holes for Rice early, and he maximized those gains with good moves in the open field, a legit second gear, and the balance and strength to break weak tackle attempts. He set up a first and goal in the first half, but the Ravens called a passing play that Flacco and Heap converted on the next play. The Bears clamped down on Rice in the passing game, finding him quickly in space, and they also kept him from being effective in the second half when the game was getting out of hand. Rice did have a long catch and run negated by an incidental penalty. This game represents his floor on a day that the passing game took away all of his scoring opportunities.
2009 Week 16 vs PIT (30 / 141 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Ray Rice ran hard and pinballed through the Pittsburgh defense on 30 carries, easily topping the 100-yard barrier in Week 16. The diminutive but powerful rusher eluded the first tackler most of the time, picking up extra yardage after first contact even when dashing up the middle. Rice became the first Steelers opponent to rush for over 100 yards against the Steelers since December of 2007 and should have another solid game against the Raiders next week.
2009 Week 17 vs OAK (14 / 70 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
Rice put his usual explosiveness on display making it look easy as he made quick cuts with stellar footwork at the line of scrimmage from the get go. He was also QB Joe Flacco's safety valve when he was under pressure, grabbing 4 catches out of the backfield. As the game progressed Rice took a backseat to Willis McGahee, however he still managed to cross the 2,000 total yards plateau on the season for his squad. An immense talent heading into 2010, he is sure bet to increase his TD total next season and he could be poised for top2 or 3 type production at RB.
2009 Week 18 vs NE (22 / 159 / 2 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Patriots seemed to have no answer for Rice in these teams first meeting, and that showed when he took his first touch to the house, even outrunning swift safety Brandon Meriweather on the way to paydirt. Rice also scored the Ravens third TD and set up their second TD by breaking tackles on the way to a tough third-down conversion in the red zone. He has cemented his status as a top 5 pick in 2010 fantasy drafts with this performance.
2009 Week 19 vs IND (13 / 67 / 0 rush, 12 / 9 / 60 / 0 rec)
Rice was up to his usual dynamic self this week in the playoffs vs. the Colts. He put his unbelievably stout and shifty running to use on the ground and through the air. His QB relied on him often in the Ravens short passing attack (9 catches on 11 targets) and he found some running room on the day (5.2 ypc). The problem was that Baltimore played from behind for the entire 2nd half. Rice made some things happen, but he was not able to shoulder the entire load for his team this week.
2008 Week 1 vs CIN (22 / 64 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
With Willis McGahee standing on the sidelines for the entire game, it appeared that it would be up to Rice to anchor the Raven's running attack and try to keep the pressure off of QB and fellow rookie Joe Flacco. Early on, Rice regularly tried to use his speed and young legs to bounce to the outside and seemed reluctant to try for the hard yards up the middle. While this allowed him to rack up a fair number of four to six yard runs, he was never able to get to the second level where his speed and vision would have been most useful. In the second half the Bengals' defense adjusted to Rice's tendencies, and he was far less effective. By the end of the third quarter it was LeRon McClain who was receiving the majority of the carries and in the fourth quarter it was Rice's fumble (recovered for a Bengals TD) that allowed Cincinnati back into the game with ten minutes left on the clock. In the passing game, Rice was targeted on occasion, but on the only play where the pass would have potentially resulted in a long play (and quite possibly a touchdown), Rice bobbled away the ball.
2008 Week 3 vs CLE (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rice did not see much action, carrying the ball only five times despite Willis McGahee missing much of the game.
2008 Week 4 vs PIT (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
RB Ray Rice only saw limited action despite the two injuries to RB Willis McGahee.
2008 Week 5 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With the return of Willis McGahee's ability to handle 20+ carries, and the early season emergence of LeRon McClain, it has become clear that Rice is the third option on the ground for the Ravens. While he did periodically get on the field, Rice received no carries and was only targeted in the passing game once - an incompletion.
2008 Week 6 vs IND (6 / 23 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 64 / 0 rec)
After being shunted to the sideline as the third RB behind Willis McGahee and LeRon McClain earlier in the season, Rice emerged, somewhat surprisingly, as Baltimore's #1 offensive option in this game. This may have been more a function of the fact that Baltimore very quickly fell behind than anything else. Whatever the reason, Rice showed that he could be a versatile part of the Ravens offense if given the chance. While he failed to break any long runs, Rice was able to hit the holes and dance his way to a 3.8 yards per carry average on his six rushes, and in the passing game he actually ended up seeing more targets (nine) than any other receiver. While none of these were particularly far downfield, Rice showed that he was able to convert on his pass receiving opportunities and generate yardage through the air. With 87 total offensive yards, Rice finished the day as the most productive RB, WR or TE on the field for the Ravens.
2008 Week 7 vs MIA (7 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec)
After accounting for the lions' share of Baltimore offense last week, the rookie Rice saw his action curtailed somewhat this week. On the ground he saw only seven carries, and was unable to do much of anything with them. On the other hand, in the passing game he showed a flash of the speed and elusiveness that had so many excited about his prospects in the pre-season. On the Ravens' second play of the fourth quarter, Rice took a screen pass on the right side of the field and then exploded along the sideline, taking advantage of his blockers and hurdling a defender before being brought down after a gain of 40 yards.
2008 Week 8 vs OAK (8 / 64 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
After a vanilla start to the season, Rice has really come on during the past few weeks. In Sunday's game against the Raiders he had 64 rushing yards on eight attempts and 37 receiving yards on three receptions. Not a bad day fantasy wise.
2008 Week 9 vs CLE (21 / 154 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Rice stated off slowly against the Browns, but he broke out in the second half and ended up with an impressive 154 yards rushing. He had a 60 yard run that looked like he should have scored but was knocked out at the two yard line, which resulted in a field goal.
2008 Week 10 vs HOU (7 / 17 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
After the best day of his career last week, the return of fellow RB Willis McGahee relegated Rice to the backup position. While he was given seven rushes and used regularly in the passing game (including an end zone target), he was not able to convert those limited chances into any meaningful stats. With McGahee finding success, the coaches stayed with the hot hand in McGahee.
2008 Week 11 vs NYG (8 / 19 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Rice was much more involved in the passing game, however struggled on the ground like his fellow running-mates. Carrying nine times for 18 yards Rice showed good elusiveness when handling the ball in the open field. He saw five targets come his way which he was able to turn into four catches.
2008 Week 12 vs PHI (8 / 7 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
While Rice gave way to fellow RB LeRon McClain as the Ravens' primary runner on the day, his owners can take some solace from the fact that he was heavily involved in the Baltimore passing game. He finished second on the team with six targets, and tied for first in receptions with three. While most of these passes were check-downs, Rice was able, on at least one occasion, to display his speed and elusiveness. On that late first half play, Rice scooped a low, two yard pass off of his shoelaces, dodged Eagles CB Asante Samuel and raced up the right sideline for 22 yards.
2008 Week 13 vs CIN (11 / 41 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec)
Rice was used on third downs and to spell the starter McClain. He was effective at running the plays on the edges, sweeps and tosses mixed in with the odd draw play. In the passing game his used for screens and short dump off passes. He was able to pick up 56 yards of offense on game.
2008 Week 14 vs WAS (3 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
RB Ray Rice left the game because of a bruised leg following a reception in the third quarter. He did not return.
2008 Week 20 vs PIT (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Rice took short passes and ran well after securing them to gain significant yards as an outlet receiver. The only target he did not catch was thrown off target and richoted off his fingers, was intercepted.