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Ravens running back Bernard Pierce
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Unlike a week ago, when running back Bernard Pierce didn't enter the game until the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts, the Ravens made an effort to get him involved right away Sunday.

Pierce was in the game by the Ravens' third play from scrimmage in the first quarter of a 48-17 blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He scored his first touchdown of the season in the third quarter, running the football from 4 yards out behind a block from rookie left guard John Urschel.

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"It was just an outside zone play," Pierce said. "The offensive line got up on them and made it a lot easier for me to weave through traffic. I just had to deal with the safety.

"It definitely was a good feeling to get in the game early to get a feel for the game. It was a good day for all the backs, honestly."

Pierce didn't rush for a good average, gaining 32 yards on 15 carries for a 2.1 yards per carry. Overall, though, the Ravens rushed for 169 yards on 35 carries behind Justin Forsett's season-high 111 yards on 14 carries.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh spoke talked about Pierce's participation after Sunday's game.

"I'd like to get Bernard in there as much as possible," Harbaugh said. "He's an explosive back. It's like anything else. The better guys play, the more opportunites they're going to get."

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