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Rice Has Favorable Matchup Against Browns’ 29th Ranked Run Defense

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The Cleveland Browns’ defense numbers are head scratching to say the least.

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On one side of the coin, you a have a team that ranks number one overall in the NFL against the pass, allowing an average of just 174.7 yards per game. However, when it comes to stopping the run, Cleveland has struggled, surrendering an average of 138.6 yards, which ranks 29th in the league.

It appears on paper that running back Ray Rice and the rest of the Ravens’ ground game could be poised for a big day this Sunday. Statistically speaking though, Baltimore hasn’t been too impressive when it comes to running the ball, as the team ranks just 26th in the league in rushing yards per game at 98.9.

Something has to give, right?

Over the past two weeks, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has gotten the ball in the hands of Rice early and often, which has paid big dividends not only for Rice, but the entire offense.

If I had to put my money on it, I’d say look for Rice and the rest of the Ravens’ rushing attack to have a big, long overdue day against a beleaguered Cleveland run defense.