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Lorenzo Taliaferro needs opportunities to show he can run the ball

Baltimore Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was no where to be seen in the 26-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The Baltimore Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6 on Thursday night, but the margin could have easily been larger. Justin Tucker hit four field goals of 30 yards or less, which means they had plenty of red zone opportunities that they didn't capitalize on.

They found themselves inside the Steelers' five-yard line six times, and failed to punch the ball in four of them. The main reason was because they called on the wrong guy when they got down there.

At 6-foot, 214 pounds, Bernard Pierce is a big running back, no question, but after he failed to convert on three short-yardage opportunities, the Ravens should have learned their lesson and gave someone else a chance. However, they stuck with Pierce and failed time and time again.

Why didn't Gary Kubiak give someone else the opportunity to try and punch it in? And by someone, I'm referring to rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro out of Coastal Carolina.

At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, he is perfectly built for this situation. Why didn't the Ravens call his name in this situation or in any situation? He hasn't received a single carry since the beginning of the season. Why draft a guy in the fourth-round and not use him?

Kubiak has done a great job through the first two weeks of the season and I applaud him for that. However, I am calling him out for not giving Taliaferro a chance in-game yet, and it's time for that to change.