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Ravens running back Justin Forsett encounters tough sledding against Jaguars

Justin Forsett averaged 3 yards per carry Sunday vs. the Jaguars -- 2.4 fewer than his season average.

Ravens running back Justin Forsett encountered some tough sledding Sunday against his old team.

During a 20-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium, Forsett had trouble finding room to run. He didn't gain much traction, rushing for only 48 yards on 16 carries. It marked Forsett's lowest rushing total since a Nov. 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he was held to a season-low 38 yards on nine carries.

The Jaguars regularly deployed eight and nine defenders to crowd the line of scrimmage and prevent Forsett from breaking free downfield.

Ranked third in the NFL with 1,128 rushing yards for the season, Forsett averaged just three yards per carry Sunday with a long run of six yards.

“Their mindset coming in was to stop the run,” said Forsett, who was cut by the Jaguars last spring after one injury-plagued season in Jacksonville in which he rushed for 31 yards on six carries. “They were a physical bunch. They’ve got a great front seven and they did a good job. The box and safeties were down, but it was a good challenge for us.

"I knew what kind of front they were. I knew they were physical. I knew they weren’t going to quit. They have some premier guys on that defensive line.”

Forsett leads all NFL running backs with a 5.4 average per carry, and he has scored eight touchdowns. The Ravens rushed for just 93 yards on 26 carries Sunday, with 28 of those yards gained on a late run by backup running back Bernard Pierce.

During Forsett's previous four games, he had rushed for 71 yards, 106 yards, 182 yards and 112 yards.

“We were kind of stagnant at times on offense,” Forsett said. “I know I have to do a better job. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and figure out what we were doing that wasn’t working and figure out how we can move on from that.”

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