BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates his second touchdown against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Players wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Ravens defeated the Broncos 31-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Beatdown will be giving out a Sprint 'Gameball of the Week'on a regular basis and after the Baltimore Ravens 31-17 destruction of an overwhelmed and one-dimensional Denver Broncos team this past Sunday, the game ball is being handed to Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice broke out of his slump in 2010 by finally putting on a show reminiscent of what he did most of the 2009 season. He ran for 133 yards on 27 carries with two TD's and caught four passes for another 26 yards. Time and time again, he gashed Denver's soft run defense as the Ravens offensive line opened huge holes for not only Rice, but for other RB's Willis McGahee (67 yards on 10 carries) and LeRon McClain (13 yards on 5 carries) to burst through all day.
But it was Rice who shouldered most of the load and surprisingly got the nod and the ball on the goal line when McGahee got most of those touches last season. Rice continues to prove he can run between the tackles as he bulked up in the offseason and no longer is just an outside running back.
Congrats to 'Little' Ray for getting the honor of Baltimore Beatdown's Sprint 'Game Ball of the Week.'