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Ravens have three useful running backs for remainder of 2014

The Ravens have a legitimate RB controversy in 2014, and everybody is winning.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

In 2013, Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce combined for 1,096 yards and six touchdowns. In 2014 Pierce, Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro have 393 yards rushing and two touchdowns. In two games the Ravens have rushed for over a third of the yards they rushed for in 2013 and are on pace to rush for 2,096 yards and 10 touchdowns.

In 2013, the Ravens averaged 2.9 yards a carry. In 2014, they're averaging 4.8 yards a carry.

The Ravens' ability to open up holes for their running backs has propelled them to the top 10 in rushing in the NFL and it has also started a controversy.

Justin Forsett leads the Ravens in rushing  with 189 yards and one touchdown  and is looking like an explosive weapon for the Ravens. Pierce has 113 yards off of 28 carries, good for 4.2 yards per carry. He's not flashy, but when healthy he's a decent back. Taliaferro has 18 carries  for 91 yards and a touchdown, all of which came against the Browns this past Sunday.

Forsett is a nice change-of-pace back who's a decent receiving option. Pierce is a good one-cut runner, but his health is unreliable. Taliaferro is a hard-nosed runner, who looks to be valuable in goal-line and short-yardage situations.

John Harbaugh said that he'll go with the running back with the hot hand and right now that looks like a difficult decision.