There were no crazy runs for Ray Rice's highlight reel and no touchdown plunges from Willis McGahee or Le'Ron McClain, but the Ravens' ground game was effective in Sunday's 20-10 win over the Browns.
A week after Rice ran around and rumbled through the Saints for 153 rushing yards, he had 25 carries for 92 yards against the Browns. McGahee added 34 yards on eight carries and McClain chipped in with 19 yards. Heck, even Joe Flacco got in the act, channeling his inner Michael Vick as he scrambled for 16 yards.
Collectively, the Ravens rushed for 161 yards on 38 carries -- a 4.2 yard-per-carry average.
Flacco threw just two passes in the fourth quarter as the Ravens wound down the clock on the ground. "In the fourth quarter, we felt we were in control," Flacco said afterward. The "three yards and a cloud of dust" approach made for boring football, but it kept a double-digit lead intact.
Flacco attempted a season-low 19 passes Sunday, a week after he attempted 20 against the Saints. Flacco averaged 137 passing yards as the Ravens scored 50 total points in the two wins.
The Ravens will have to throw the ball in the playoffs -- more than just a little -- to beat top quarterbacks such as
. But it is reassuring that the Ravens can still run the ball effectively when it is called for.