The Baltimore Ravens won’t be taking the Cleveland Browns lightly this Sunday, and much of that has to do with running back Trent Richardson. Having already met Richardson once this season – the Ravens won 23-16 on Sept. 27 – the Ravens now know what to expect. That won’t make it any easier to take Richardson down, though.
“I think he runs the ball harder than anybody in the league,” defensive end Pernell McPhee said. “Not saying he’s the best back in the league, but I’ll say he’s the hardest back in the NFL to tackle.” (Source: Pro Football Talk)
That is high praise from members of what is supposed to be one of the league’s best defenses. Richardson brings that level of credibility to the Browns’ offense, and is perhaps the greatest sign of the team’s return to relevance.
Of course, it would be ideal for Richardson to have a dominant performance on Sunday, taking on a Ravens defense that is fully prepared for him and coming off an embarrassing showing against the Houston Texans on Oct. 21 (the Ravens were blasted 43-13 in that game).
In his first game against the Ravens, Richardson had 47 yards rushing and a touchdown on 14 carries to go along with four catches for 57 yards.