Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who was held to 96 yards rushing in October 2013 to begin the Ravens latest streak without allowing a 100-yard rusher, ended that league-leading streak at 29 games Thursday with 129 yards rushing Thursday.
The so-called Gary Kubiak effect means running back Justin Forsett, fresh off a 1,266-yard season and 5.4 yards per carry for the Ravens, has vaulted up the free-agent running back rankings as he looks for his first big-money contract.
When the Baltimore Ravens visit Houston on Sunday, the Texans will rely heavily on running back Arian Foster, who has run for over 100 yards in seven of 11 games this season and averages 102.5 yards per game.
With Ray Rice dismissed, Bernard Pierce battling injuries and inconsistency and Lorenzo Taliaferro being a rookie, Justin Forsett has emerged as the surprise leader of the Ravens' running game. Heading into Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons at M&T Bank Stadium, Forsett ranks fifth in the NFL with 408 rushing yards and leads the league with an average of 6.4 yards per carry.
However, those who have observed the Ravens' running back for the past several months see it differently. From the first day of training camp, his teammates and coaches have noticed his increased focus and intensity. Matt Rhule, one of Pierce's former coaches at Temple, saw how hard the running back attacked the offseason rehab on his surgically-repaired right shoulder.
Gary Kubiak's Houston Texans were one of the NFL's best at running the football. In every season from 2010 to 2012, the Texans ranked in the top eight in the league in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
The Ravens have been keeping everyone hanging as they conduct what appears to be a thorough search for their next offensive coordinator, but if they were to get Gary Kubiak, the wait would be well worth it.