The difference was health. Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon is known for his fine mixture of shiftiness, explosion and power. He has outstanding feet. But with two minor knee injuries at the start of his young career, it took time to fully bounce back.
“It was good to see Kenneth Dixon – he made plays,” HC John Harbaugh said. “I think he’s back, health-wise. He got back from the knee about four weeks ago, and has steadily looked better.
“I feel like I’m back 100 percent and I’m ready for the workload that the team gives me,” Dixon added. “Everything that they give me, I just want to take advantage of."
The emergence of Dixon means big things for the Ravens’ rushing attack, the story said, which had one of its finest days of the season against the Browns with 119 total yards. Since the release of Justin Forsett, the Ravens have leaned on Terrance West to carry the load. Adding Dixon gives Baltimore the one-two punch it has been searching for all year.
It remains to be seen how even the split in carries will be (West still had 21 to Dixon’s six Thursday night), but Dixon is making a point that he deserves more chances. We did have a report a few weeks ago that the Ravens have never really leaned heavily on a rookie RB, even Ray Rice, so expectations for Dixon should probably be tempered until we see more.