Ray Rice got his 20 touches and Joe Flacco passed 39 times in the last outing, but offensive coordinator Cam Cameron isn't making any promises going into Thursday night's game vs. the Cleveland Browns.
"We're always wanting to be as balanced as we can be, but it's not going to be the same every week. We know that," Cameron said. "Balance isn't as big of a priority for us as it is for everybody else.
"It's about attacking the defense we're playing. We may throw it every down some game. If we think that's what we need to do to win the game, that's what we're going to do. We ran it 55 times last year against Cleveland because that's what we needed to do."
In a 24-10 win in the first meeting of 2011 that Cameron is referring to, the Ravens ran the ball with Rice 29 times and then-backup Ricky Williams had 16 tries. They combined for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Others combined for 10 carries. Flacco only went 10-for-23 passing.
In a 20-14 win late in the season against Cleveland, Rice ran 23 times and Williams had 10 carries. They totaled 132 yards. Flacco only went 11-for-24 passing.
Cameron insists the Ravens are looking out for Rice, who signed a five-year, 40 million contract extension in the offseason, in the long-term.
"If we as a staff gave Ray Rice the ball as much as everybody wants us to, he would wind up like the rest of the backs in this league," Cameron said. "We're not going to let that happen. I think there's a sweet spot on how much you can use a three-down back in this business over a 20-plus game season.
"We think we've found that sweet spot for him. It will vary a little from week to week, but you can't find many backs in this league that can last 16, 20 games, much less (for) five seasons. ... We've got a good feel for what is best for him and what is best for us."