That running back Ray Rice likes to talk -- a lot -- isn't much of a surprise to anyone.
But the 5-8, 212-pounder sticks out in the mind of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali because of their last meeting, Jan. 9, 2011, in the playoffs.
The Ravens won 30-7, and Rice's statistics weren't that eye-popping. He had 57 yards rushing and 42 receiving for one touchdown.
Rice's rushing totals have been modest so far this season, 317 yards on 64 carries for a 5.0 yard average per try. But Rice leads the Ravens with 22 catches for 174 yards.
"Every year he's up there in yardage and touchdowns," Hali said of Rice, who only had 49 yards on 18 carries last week. "He's definitely a priority, hard runner and talks a lot of trash. He makes the game even interesting as it goes on."
Hali laughed as he recalled Rice's spunky attitude.
"I don't know if it gets him going, or it's something about him," Hali said. "It's good, though. It's not dirty trash. It's good trash. He's a good player and some guys are motivated doing that."
Rice blamed it on a former Chiefs player who got him riled up. Hali just happened to be a recipient of friendly fire, too.
"I was getting into it with one of their guys in the playoff game," Rice said. "I usually don't let anybody get to me in that kind of favor, but that one guy was playing very dirty that day -- twisting ankles under the pile, spitting and doing some things.
"Talking is usually not a part of my game. If it's talking, it's usually out of good nature."