After running back Ray Rice got a season-low nine carries for 42 yards and had five catches for 12 yards in Sunday's loss to the Texans, Harbaugh admitted Monday that the Ravens "could have stayed with the run a little more patiently." It was the second time that Rice got 10 or fewer carries this season, and the sixth time in seven games that he got fewer than 20 carries. Last season, Rice averaged 18.2 carries per game. But so far this season, the two-time Pro Bowl running back is averaging 15.1 carries. That's one factor in why opponents have averaged 39 minutes of possession the past two games and the Ravens now rank last in that key category. "Whether it's Ray Rice or Bernard Pierce or whoever it is, we want to get the ball in all of our playmakers' hands," Harbaugh said. "We probably didn't do that like we wanted to [Sunday]." But there is reason to believe Rice's workload will increase. In the first seven games of 2011, he averaged 15.3 carries as the Ravens got off to a 5-2 start. His carries picked up as the season went on, as he had at least 20 carries in eight of the team's final nine games, including playoffs.
Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun