When Pierce broke off a 28-yard run during the third quarter of the Ravens' 26-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins, it set the tone for an impressive 11-play, 94-yard drive capped by running back Ray Rice's three-yard touchdown run.
Facing a 3rd-and-long deep in their territory Sunday, the Ravens curiously decided to throw the ball and the result was an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Head coach John Harbaugh admitted it was a foolish decision.
The Ravens made a surprising move Tuesday night, addressing their struggling offensive line by agreeing to send multiple draft picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars in a trade to acquire left tackle Eugene Monroe.
Given ample time to digest Sunday's mistake-filled 23-20 road loss to the Buffalo Bills, a candid John Harbaugh called the offensive line "disappointing," challenged drops-prone tight end Ed Dickson to "go catch the ball," and defended the play-calling.
With Ray Rice parked on the sideline in street clothes after suffering a hip injury last weekend, Bernard Pierce made his first NFL start Sunday against the Houston Texans. Predictably, it was his busiest afternoon to date. Here is a deeper look at that and other observations from the NFL's official snap counts.
Making his first NFL start with injured Pro Bowl runner Ray Rice sidelined with a strained left hip flexor, Pierce salvaged a tough day by grinding out the majority of his 65 yards on 24 carries during the second half of a 30-9 victory at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Baltimore Ravens host the Houston Texans on Sunday in another clash between the two perennial AFC powerhouses. The Ravens had dominated the budding rivalry, but the Texans beat them for the first time last year, blowing them out by 30 points. The Ravens have a score to settle, and I think they will. Here are four predictions that might have to go to right for them to pull off the minor upset.