The Baltimore Ravens are sitting pretty atop the AFC North at 9-3 this season, but they're not immune to criticism.
In nine Ravens wins this season, Rice has averaged 22 touches per game. In three losses, that figure drops to just above 16. Rice's 13 touches Sunday tied a season low and was one of six games in which he finished with less than 20 touches combined.
"The magic number always for me is to try to get between 20 to 25 touches," Rice said. "Obviously we fell short of that. It was promising ... the way I ran the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense. Going forward, that's something positive to look at."
You have to applaud Rice's attitude, which reveals him to be a team-first player. That said, Rice is the best player the Ravens have on offense. Give him the ball.