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October 16, 2011
The Ravens seemingly face a Pro Bowl-caliber running back every week, and none of them have done much of anything against them. Last week, they held the NFLs reigning rushing champ Arian Foster to 49 yards on 15 carries. With Haloti Ngata and Terrence Cody dominating the interior, and Ray Lewis prowling the middle, the Ravens have allowed just 76.6 yards per game on the ground, the third lowest total in the NFL. The most yards they have surrendered to a running back this season is 75, achieved by the St. Louis Rams Cadillac Williams in Week Three. The Ravens challenge this week is two-time Pro Bowl selection Maurice Jones-Drew, who is averaging 95.3 yards rushing over the first six games. Hes third in the NFL with 572 rushing yards to go along with two touchdowns. Diminutive but powerful and quick, Jones-Drew has 1,259 career rushing yards and 56 touchdowns and is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball. Hes the only player in the NFL to have at least 84 rushing yards in each of his first six games. Jones-Drew has faced the Ravens once, rushing for 78 yards on 23 carries. His primary backup is Deji Karim.