The running back out of Rutgers University doesn’t have a single 100 yard rushing game, and probably the reason for his bad start to the season, is a nagging hip injury that has bothered him, he won’t admit it but that’s one of the factors to his woeful start.
With the pace Rice is on, he could by the end of the year rush for less than 600 yards, and as a team the Ravens are on pace to have the worst rushing average in league history.
The Cincinnati Bengals 10th ranked run defense, must perform better than what they did in Miami last Thursday, giving up over 100 yards on the ground in the 1st half of the game.
Rice in his career against Cincinnati has fare very well, in 10 of the meetings, 8 of them he has a rushing touchdown in which the games he has played. So, even with his struggles this season, he is more than capable of having a big day, without Geno Atkins to stop him in the middle of the running game.
Contain Rice is vital for the defense, you do that and make Quarterback Joe Flacco throw ball like 50 times, chances are you probably going to walk out of M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday with a victory.
Practice Notes: For the second straight day, Tight End Jermaine Gresham didn’t participate in practice. He has a groin injury, that has been bothering after the Miami game last week.
But according to Head Coach Marvin Lewis he said Gresham will be fine, and the forecast for him playing in the game on Sunday is “partly sunny”.
On the DNP list today, are DT Devon Still (elbow) and LB Rey Maualuga (knee/concussion). RB Giovani Bernard, in practices today and yesterday was limited, because he suffered a rib injury late in that game against the Dolphins last week.