Browns rookie Trent Richardson managed 47 yards on 13 carries (a 3.4-yard average) in his first meeting with the Ravens. But a forgettable stat line still made a strong impression with the Baltimore defense.
“I think he runs the ball harder than anybody in the league,” defensive end Pernell McPhee told the Ravens' official website. “Not saying he’s the best back in the league, but I’ll say he’s the hardest back in the NFL to tackle.”
While Richardson is coming off his career-best performance (122 yards rushing), the Ravens are in the midst of their worst stretch as a run defense. Since playing Cleveland, the Ravens have given up 214, 227 and 181 rushing yards in their past three games.
In seven games, Baltimore has allowed one 100-yard rusher (Kansas City's Jamaal Charles) and has given up at least 90 yards on the ground to four other running backs.
If Richardson cracks 100 yards, he would become only the third rookie to do so in the Ravens' 17-year existence, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The two rookies to gain more than 100 yards against Baltimore accomplished that feat in 1998: Jacksonville's Fred Taylor (128 yards) and Chicago's James Allen (163 yards).