Mike Preston: Rice must be focal point of Ravens offense

Ray Rice should have 25-35 touches per game

in loss to Jaguars, he had 13

October 25, 2011|By Mike Preston

There is no magic formula for the Ravens to win, but running back Ray Rice has to touch the ball between 25 to 35 times a game as either a receiver or running back. In the Ravens 12-7 loss to Jacksonville Monday night, Rice had only eight carries for 28 yards and five receptions for 35 yards. He was the target on eight passes.

Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was surprised that Rice didn't have a lot of carries even though Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones Drew carried 30 times for 105 yards.

"Their defense got after it," said Suggs. "They played with really high emotion. On offense, they kept it really simple. I think Jones Drew had 30 carries, but it baffles me that Ray Rice only had [eight] carries. This is a Pro Bowl running back we're talking about. That's alright. We'll go back to the drawing board and get ready for Arizona."

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