Bernard Pierce - John Harbaugh on Ravens running game

“We can’t run the ball right now,” John Harbaugh told the media after the Ravens dreadful 24-18 loss in Cleveland to the Browns. “We have our work cut out for us.”

The $40 million man, Ray Rice, rushed four 17 yards on 11 carries. That’s an average of 1.5 yards per carry. The Ravens longest running play of the game? 15 yards — from quarterback Joe Flacco.

Bernard Pierce wasn’t any better, 6 carries for 11 yards (1.8 yards per carry).

Of the Ravens numerous concerns, the running game is the one that worries me the most. I didn’t likeRice’s contract extension back when he signed it in July of last season and now I think it’s pretty evident that Rice will ultimately be cut before he finishes that five-year deal.

Rice has rushed for 242 yards this season, he’s on pace for 553. The Ravens offensive line has been absolutely horrific, but Rice hasn’t done himself any favors either.

At 3-5, the Ravens are behind the Browns and Bengals in the AFC North. They’re now 1-4 on the road and 1-2 in the division after losing three straight.