In Sunday’s 22-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Joe Flacco attempted a career high 52 passing attempts, while running back Ray Rice found himself involved in just five running plays— that’s right, five running plays.
Despite being Baltimore’s focal point on offense, Rice was involved in just 13 plays the entire game and didn’t reach the end zone (but he did throw his first career touchdown pass to tight end Ed Dickson in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss).
After the Ravens’ 12-7 loss several weeks ago on Monday night to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Rice’s involvement in the offense was questioned by the media and even by Terrell Suggs. Ironically, he was involved in just 13 plays that game.
However, both Suggs and Rice kept quiet this week. In fact, Rice apologized and “politely declined” an interview request with Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times.
Wilson later tweeted that Rice’s tirade on the sideline in the second half of Sunday’s game was related to his frustration with the game plan.
At this point, I think there is no question that Ozzie Newsome needs to intervene and tell offensive coordinator Cam Cameron what’s what, and get Rice the football. He’s the offense’s top player, bar none, and it’s time Cameron realized that.
Look for the Ravens to feed Rice early and often this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Personally, I’d be surprised to see Rice get less than 25 touches, bare minimum.