Mon Oct 03 11:20am EDT
Quickly fix your eyes on Ravens running back Ray Rice(notes) when the ball is snapped, because Joe Flacco(notes) gets all the replay love. Rice, all 5-foot-8 of him, stomps a mudhole in Jets cornerback Donald Strickland(notes) on his way out of the backfield, and then ends up making the reception -- again in front of Strickland.
This one's not going on Donald Strickland's highlight reel.
It was one of the few examples of offensive proficiency in Sunday night's game. Most plays that started out looking like that one -- hell, most plays in the game, even -- ended in interceptions or quarterback fumbles.
It's reminiscent of when Maurice Jones-Drew did this to Shawne Merriman. Rice's victim wasn't as big, but he did keep going to make a play to move the sticks. Rice, like Jones-Drew, isn't the biggest guy in the world, but he's a little heap of solid muscle, and he doesn't mind getting in a dude's face.
Rice is fast, skilled and physical. Few players in the league are more fun to watch than him. He finished with 130 yards from scrimmage Sunday night.
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