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RAVENS RUN OFFENSE VS. SEAHAWKS RUN DEFENSE
The numbers alone — 22nd in the NFL in rushing, less than 70 yards on the ground in two of their past three games — suggest that the Ravens are struggling to run the football, but coach John Harbaugh doesn't see it that way. He says his team has run the ball when it has needed to and that the opposition's attention to the ground attack has opened things up for the passing game. The Ravens average just 102 yards per game on the ground, and standout running back Ray Rice (center) has been held under 70 rushing yards in four of his past five games. With guard Ben Grubbs back, Rice and Ricky Williams should find a few more holes. Seattle's run defense has held opponents to 110.4 rushing yards per game, 13th-best in the NFL. However, the Seahawks surrendered 139 rushing yards to Dallas Cowboys rookie DeMarco Murray last week. Seattle also ranks third in the NFL in allowing only 3.43 yards per rushing attempt. Defensive end Red Bryant is an anchor on the Seahawks' line, while David Hawthorne is Seattle's top tackling linebacker.
November 6, 2011