Rice was repeatedly stuffed, unable to reach the Green Bay Packers' end zone despite a first-and-goal at the 4-yard line during the second quarter of the Ravens' 19-17 loss at M&T Bank Stadium. Rice gained two yards and one yard before being tackled for no gain on third down. Then, backup Bernard Pierce was shut down on fourth down for no yards to squander a prime scoring opportunity.
"We would love to run the ball better," Rice said. "It's not something that you plan on, going out there and messing up. The run game has to get better.
"They created piles. They did what good goal-line defenses do. I never had a fair one-on-one shot with a guy. There was always two or three [defenders] in the hole."
Rice acknowledged frustration after rushing for just 34 yards on 14 carries, averaging 2.4 yards per run. The Ravens were held to 47 yards on 22 carries with Pierce limited to 9 yards on six runs.
"What you saw out there is not what we put out in practice, we practiced so hard," Rice said. "I'd use the words, 'a little frustrated.' This is one of the hardest-working teams in the NFL, I believe. I know for a fact what we get in between weightlifting, practice and everything we do, what we put out there is a little bit frustrating."
Despite the presence of a three-time Pro Bowl runner in Rice, Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach and a large offensive line, the Ravens have gained little traction with the run this season. They were stymied by a huge Green Bay defensive line led by B.J. Raji.
Through six games, the Ravens have rushed for just 436 yards for an average of 72 yards per game and 2.7 per carry.
"It's frustrating," Leach said. "We had our chances and they just stopped us. We need to go back and look at what we're doing. It doesn't matter how stout they are, we just got to get the ball in there. We're just not on the same page. We're just not clicking right now."
Monroe gets first start
It was a relatively quiet debut for left tackle Eugene Monroe as he made his first start since being acquired via a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Monroe replaced Bryant McKinnie and had an uneventful game with one sack allowed.
"I felt solid," Monroe said. "I'll definitely check the film and I'll access it a little more, but I think I did a good job. I felt comfortable and the communication was good. We were on the same page."
McKinnie was inactive after complaining during the week of having fluid in his left knee drained. He wasn't listed on the injury report.
McKinnie hasn't ruled out being traded. And the Ravens have explored the possibility of trading McKinnie with a few teams expressing interest, according to league sources.
"It's definitely disappointing to sit there and watch your team lose," said McKinnie, who's guaranteed a $1 million base salary. "You have to learn from it."
Jacoby Jones is back
Kick returner and wide receiver Jacoby Jones played for the first time since spraining his right knee against the Denver Broncos in the season-opener.
Jones displayed no signs of rust after a four-game absence or lingering effects from the injury, catching an 11-yard touchdown pass. A Pro Bowl selection last season for special teams, Jones also returned four kickoffs for 102 yards and had a long return of 35 yards.
"If I can play, I can go," Jones said. "I'm fine. As long as I'm not on the sidelines watching, I'm good. I wouldn't say rust, but you do need to get a feel for the game back. It's fast. It's not like practice."