But what usually happens when the offense gets shut down is that the Ravens go back to Ray Rice, their best playmaker, in the next game.
Look for that to happen Sunday against the Browns. Look for the Ravens to ride the little guy for all he's worth.
John Harbaugh admitted the Ravens could have stayed with the run more against Houston. Rice had just nine carries for 42 yards and five catches for 12 yards. He needs more touches than that if the Ravens hope to win on the road — against any team.
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They sure need to win this weekend. There are no gimmes on the road, not in the parity-is-sacred NFL. But the Browns aren't the Houston Texans.
The Ravens won't have a better chance all season to show they can score points away from home. And it's high time they did.
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