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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
AFC North High Energy Player of the Week

By James Walker

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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 5.

Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice hadn't felt like himself lately. A lack of opportunities and a painful knee bruise highlighted his first four games of the season.

Ray Rice recorded 133 yards and two touchdowns Sunday.
But Sunday against the Denver Broncos, Rice was back to his old form. Healthy and a focal point of Baltimore's talented offense, Rice rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-17 victory. Rice made the tough and explosive runs to lead Baltimore to its highest point total of the season.

With Rice leading the way, the Ravens also rushed for a season-best 233 yards.

"When we needed to run the ball, we ran it," Rice said after the win. "There was no second-guessing what we were going to do."

Sunday's win should be a lesson for the Ravens and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron: When Rice has it going, Baltimore's offense is at its most dangerous. Receivers Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and T.J. Houshmandzadeh are great weapons, but a healthy and productive Rice makes the game easier for everyone in Baltimore.