Dennis Pitta made his season debut in Sunday's 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens tight end played 36 of the team's 85 offensive snaps and had six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has not rumbled into the second or third level often this season, but it seems that whenever he has, he has often been dragged down by the first defender he encounters. His inability to force missed tackles is symptomatic of the entire Ravens offense, whose playmakers usually haven't been able to wiggle free whenever they have met resistance this season.
A week after Ray Rice rushed for a season-high 131 yards in an overtime loss to the Chicago Bears, the star running back found himself in a timeshare with backup running back Bernard Pierce in Sunday's 19-3 win over the New York Jets.
Looking for a way to utilize the athleticism of their backup quarterback while also trying to spark their struggling running game, the Ravens trotted Tyrod Taylor out onto the field for a dozen plays, seven as a wide receiver and five at quarterback with Joe Flacco lined up as a wide-out.
The Ravens were without the services of Haloti Ngata during Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears. With Ngata sidelined, Terrence Cody got his first start of the 2013 season at nose tackle, played a season-high 35 defensive snaps and made one tackle.
Although the passing connection between quarterback Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith has remained productive all season, it's been difficult for them to strike deep on a consistent basis. Smith leads the Ravens with 41 receptions for 753 yards and is averaging 18.4 yards per reception, but has caught just two touchdown passes.
In the midst of probably his toughest stretch of his six-year career, Rice maintained that he pays no attention to the criticism and he's not bothered by the talk that backup Bernard Pierce could have a more prominent role in the running game going forward. He
Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones has now played four games since returning from a knee injury last month, but the veteran wide receiver has yet to overtake rookie Marlon Brown on the depth chart based on their playing time.
Former Ravens guard Bobbie Williams has been keeping tabs on his former team from afar and he thinks it's only a matter of time until Juan Castillo and the Ravens get their sluggish running game going.
Named to the Pro Bowl the past three seasons, Rice has rushed for just 259 yards on 97 carries this season and is on pace to finish with 519 yards. Averaging 2.7 yards per run, Rice is the second-lowest ranked running back in average per carry in the NFL.
Baltimore Ravens fullback Vonta Leach played a season-low two offensive snaps, inside linebacker Jameel McClain took on a larger role and more playing time observations from Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns.
The growing timing and chemistry between Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown was one of the lone bright spots Sunday during a disheartening loss to the Cleveland Browns.