Eyebrows were raised around the
It was Rice who salvaged the Ravens' overtime win over the
So, it was surprising when Rice didn't get a single touch against Pittsburgh in the fourth quarter after rushing for 78 yards and a touchdown on a dozen carries through three quarters.
With 198 carries, Rice has gained 872 yards and scored eight touchdowns to rank behind the other NFL rushing leaders:
Rice, who has also caught 49 passes for 409 yards, wasn't involved, much to the consternation of a vocal majority of the fan base.
The Ravens gained a dozen yards in the fourth quarter with just one first down on a 12-yard pass to fullback
Rice maintained his usual approach to questions about his workload, declining the opportunity to gripe about not getting the football as much as other standout backs.
"Situational football came into play," Rice said. "Could we have run the ball on situations? If we would have executed better, I'm sure I would have gotten the touches. That wouldn't have been the question.
Going forward, we are going to work on our execution and my touches will definitely come."
Rice is on pace to rush for 1,162 yards after gaining a career-high 1,364 yards last season. He ranks 13th in the NFL rushing attempts.
"I think 13th right now is OK because we have been winning games," Rice said. "We will find a way to get the ball into our playmakers' hands. Obviously, I think I'm a playmaker for this team. The coaches, we'll find a way to get me the ball. One thing I don't like is being forced the ball.
"Being forced the ball sometimes, that's not always in your best interest because you are being forced into a defense that is already preparing for you. Getting smart touches and getting touches that I can make a big play, that's something that I get excited about."
Cornerback Jimmy Smith practiced on a limited basis, the first time he's participated since undergoing sports hernia surgery last month.
Pro Bowl outside linebacker
Meanwhile, tight end
Six players were limited, including linebacker
The Ravens will have recent history on their side as they try to rebound Sunday at
Under Harbaugh, the Ravens have won 15 consecutive games following a loss. It's the longest streak in the NFL.
During those games, the Ravens outscored opponents, 441-249, and won by an average margin of 12.8 points. They're 18-4 following a loss in the Harbaugh era.
Harbaugh said preparation and attitude don't change, but quarterback
"There's always a little bit of extra urgency after a loss," Flacco said. "I don't know if it's a bad thing or a good thing, but we are always calm, cool and collected and confident around here. We understand that we have to move on and get ready for this week."
The Steelers game was an emotional setback.
"Obviously, it [stinks,] we're [ticked] off about that game," strong safety
Tough task ahead
The job doesn't get any easier this week for Ravens offensive tackle
One week removed from allowing a key sack and forced fumble to Steelers outside linebacker
A former first-round draft pick and
At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Kerrigan is known for his relentless approach to the game, and extensive repertoire of pass-rushing moves.
"He's a pretty good player," Oher said of Kerrigan. "He does a lot of good things. You've just got to account for him and be strong in your technique and finish guys. If you get Joe time, he tends to do great things."
In a tribute to
Pagano is battling
Pagano remains a popular man in the Ravens' locker room, as evidenced by Jones' actions, which made him appear much younger than his 26 years.
"It's just hair," Jones said. "It's just to show that we care and love him. He's a great man and a great leader. He's going to be back coaching and kicking butt. This guy has so much passion and loves the sport."
Jones has recorded nine tackles and three sacks over the past two games, a streak of at least one sack per game during that span. "Don't jinx me, I'm just working hard," Jones said. "You got a guy like Terrell Suggs next to you and it starts to rub off on you. We're totally different body types, but I watch other people and try to emulate their game onto my own." ... The Ravens are in a tight salary-cap situation in case they need to make an emergency signing. With $1.212 million available under the NFL limit, they're currently ranked third from the bottom of the league ahead of the