No. 6: Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce will rush for 2,000 yards combined

No matter how the workload is split between Rice, the three-time Pro Bowl back, and Pierce, his second-year understudy, the Ravens figure to remain committed to the running game under new full-time offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. Those two combined to rush for 1,675 yards last season, so 2,000 yards might be a stretch, but, hey, these are called bold predictions for a reason.

( Baltimore Sun photo / September 3, 2013 )

No matter how the workload is split between Rice, the three-time Pro Bowl back, and Pierce, his second-year understudy, the Ravens figure to remain committed to the running game under new full-time offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. Those two combined to rush for 1,675 yards last season, so 2,000 yards might be a stretch, but, hey, these are called bold predictions for a reason.

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Jeff Zrebiec has been with The Sun since 2000 and covered the Orioles from 2005 through 2011. A New Jersey native, he was a 2001 graduate of Loyola University in Baltimore. He also has covered University of Maryland basketball and college lacrosse during his time with The Sun.

Aaron Wilson joined The Baltimore Sun in August 2012 after 11 years at the Carroll County Times. He's entering his 12th year on the Ravens' beat. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans. Wilson attended East Carolina University.

Mike Preston has been with The Baltimore Sun since 1983. Prior to becoming a columnist in 2000, he covered the Ravens for four years. Preston is a native of Essex and a graduate of Towson State University, where he played football.

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