It’s time for our weekly segment of Buy or Sell brought to you by Glen Burnie Motorsports. Each week, we pick three topics and let you know if we’re agreeing (buying) or disagreeing (selling) with the statement. Then, you vote and tell us what you think.
The Ravens will (finally) have some success on the ground
It’s seemingly now or never for the Ravens running game. In a battle of weaknesses, the Baltimore ground “attack” (30th in NFL at 73.1 ypg, tied for last at 2.8 ypc) clashes with the Chicago “brick wall” (31st in NFL at 129.4 ypg, tied for 25th at 4.5 ypc). It would be great for the running game to have at least a little confidence heading into Week 12′s clash with the top-ranked run defense of the New York Jets, in a game that could have huge playoff implications.
I’m not going to get into the whole “Is Ray Rice washed up?” debate. While I think he definitely looks slower and less elusive than he ever has, even in the open field (see his failed effort to make Terrence Newman miss in OT last week), I can also buy the argument that he’s been beaten down mentally by the struggles of this offensive line. Perhaps he just doesn’t trust what he’s seeing as he approaches what few holes there may be.
On the year, Bernard Pierce hasn’t fared much better (as we’ve all been told time and again), averaging 2.8 yards per carry to Rice’s 2.5. However, last week at least, Pierce looked like the better back, picking up 3.9 yards per carry.
Will the Ravens get it going in the muck on Soldier Field?
BUY: But only compared to what they’ve been doing all year. I don’t expect a 100-yard performance from either back, or anything approaching five yards per carry. However, I do expect that Pierce will find some holes again and average near 4.0. I’m not so sure about Rice, but even if he can get something like 3.5 per carry against this sorry Bears front, it will be a sight for sore Ravens-fan eyes.
Put me down for 120 yards rushing total for the team. While there are 11 NFL teams averaging more than that per game, it would be almost 70% better than the Ravens are used to this year, so that has to qualify as a “buy.”