Despite allowing Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis to rush for over 100 yards, making him the third running back this season to gain at least 100 yards on the ground against the Ravens, head coach John Harbaugh doesn’t seem to be too phased about the success Hillis had against the defense.
“I think they ran the exact same plays the exact same way they’ve been running them,” Harbaugh said during his news conference Monday, according to Edward Lee of The Baltimore Sun. “He’s probably healthier than he was the first game. He bled some yards there, did a nice job with that. He’s a good player. But I thought we played good defense. Overall, we gave up one drive, essentially, and that’s not bad.”
Hillis, who rushed for a season-high 112 yards on 24 carries, joins the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Maurice Jones-Drew and the Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch as the only other 100-yard rushers against the Ravens this season.
In each of the previous two seasons, the Ravens also surrendered three 100-yard rushers (the Houston Texans’ Arian Foster, the Carolina Panthers’ Mike Goodson and Hillis in 2010 and the Cincinnati Bengals’ Cedric Benson twice and the Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson in 2009), Lee writes.
Even with all the recent struggles, the Ravens rank No. 2 in the NFL when it comes to stopping the run, as they yield just 91.8 yards per game.