In part four of our Ravens101 2012 Season Awards for the Baltimore Ravens, we will hand out our Offensive Player of the Year award in what was a very tight and competitive race. In the end, we have chosen Ray Rice as our 2012 Ravens Offensive Player of the Year.
Despite some critics coming out and saying that Rice had a down year, and some even said "bad year," we disagree. Although Rice's rushing total of 1,143 was his lowest since his rookie year in 2008, he was still 11th in the NFL in total rushing yards and 9th in rushing touchdowns. In addition to his fourth straight 1,000+ yard season, Rice also chipped in a nice 478 yards receiving with another touchdown. In all reality, Rice's numbers are only for 15 games because he only played a couple of series in the final game of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals, so that makes his numbers that much more impressive. It should also be pointed out that Rice only had 257 carries, which was the fewest rushing attempts since 2009 which is another reason his numbers were lower this season and his total amount of carries decreased with the emergence of rookie running back Bernard Pierce, who took some carries from Rice. In the end, this team would not have been in the situation they were in the playoffs without Rice, he was huge in both the rushing and passing game, and oh by the way, he converted the 4th and 29 against the San Diego Chargers.
There are a couple of guys who gave Rice a run for the Offensive Player of the Year award, but were ultimately given honorable mentions:
- Anquan Boldin – Arguably the best season Boldin has had with Baltimore, 2012 was an impressive campaign for the 32 year old. Boldin reeled in 65 grabs for 921 yards, both his highest totals with the Ravens, and he added four touchdowns as well. As good of a regular season as Boldin had, he performed astronomically better in the playoffs where he almost had 100 more yards receiving (380) than all other receivers in the playoffs. Anquan also led all receivers in the playoffs with four touchdowns and 22 receptions.
- Dennis Pitta – Pitta had a breakout year in 2012 posting career highs in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Pitta was second on the team in receptions and touchdowns as well. Pitta completed the season with 61 receptions, 669 receiving yards and seven touchdowns and was consistently a preferable option for quarterback Joe Flacco.
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