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Jim Caldwell acknowledges Ravens should have run more against Bills

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Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell hasn't turned a deaf ear to criticism of his sluggish running game.

Caldwell acknowledged that, in retrospect, the Ravens probably should have run the ball more than nine times for 24 yards against the Buffalo Bills. There were just two rushes after halftime in the 23-20 loss.

"If  you had a chance to do it all over again, perhaps we'd have to consider and look at running that ball a little bit more," Caldwell said. "I don't think we ran it quite enough. We chose to throw it, and it didn't turn out the way we wanted it to. We learned from it. We'll tee it up and learn from it again."

The Ravens have fallen to 28th in the NFL in rushing offense, averaging 64 yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry.

What's the plan for turning it around?

"We have to match the other teams' intensity when we go out there to even want to be able to be effective in the run game," said Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, who has rushed for 89 yards on 30 carries. "I don't have one guy on my offensive line that's saying, 'We're just going to screw this play up.' What we're doing is getting a guy who wants it a little bit more on the other side.

"We have to fight that. We have to go out there and match the other teams' intensity because everybody is getting a hat on a hat. We've just got to hold the blocks a little bit longer, and we'll be fine."

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