As the Baltimore Ravens head to Motown to take on the Detroit Lions in front of a national TV audience on Monday night, many could witness a bit of franchise history in the making as the team makes its run to the postseason.
The Ravens running game has been an up and down battle for much of this season and has had people wondering if Ray Rice, the sixth-year back out of Rutgers has lost a step. While Rice is set to take on a Lions defense that is giving up an average of 99.3 rushing yards per game and 255.8 passing yards per game, Rice could solidify himself in the Ravens franchise record books.
Rice needs 32 receiving yards to hit the 3,000 milestone for his career and with 130 yards from scrimmage, Rice (9,037) will pass Jamal Lewis (9,166) for the most yards from scrimmage in team history. Both doable against the Lions defense that will have to account for a Ravens team with all their offensive weapons healthy.
While more than likely not to happen against Detroit, Rice is also on the verge of another impressive record for the Ravens. With 43 career touchdowns, Rice needs 5 more to pass RB Jamal Lewis, who ranks first in Ravens history with 47 TDs. Certainly an obtainable feat with three games remaining.
We all know the Ravens the offense has struggled this season however, a huge bright spot has been undrafted rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown. Brown who set career game-highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (92) last week also secured his first-career game-winning TD (with :04 remaining) in the 29-26 win in game 13 vs. Min. (12/8).
His 412 yards receiving on 36 catches is second on the team and with one more TD, Brown (6) will pass Jamal Lewis (6 in 2000) for the second-most TDs by a Ravens rookie in team history and tie Torrey Smith (7 in 2011), who ranks first.
Torrey Smith has continued to impress this season since sliding into the team’s number one receiver role. His four receiving touchdowns thus far this season are down from his previous two years but Smith’s 963 receiving yards are a career best.
Detroit will be fielding a banged up secondary and with one more reception of 25-plus yards, Smith (35) will surpass Derrick Mason (also 35) for the most in team history.
Franchise records come and go for sure and by no means would either of these three players put their own accolades before their team’s push to the playoffs.
With many things on the line against the Lions on Monday, getting out of the Motor City with a “W” is first and foremost. However, it would be icing on the cake if these players could etch their names in the Ravens record books along the way.
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