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Richardson ready for challenge

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is looking for his second 100-yard rushing game against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday.

The last time the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens shared the football field, running back Trent Richardson joined a pretty exclusive club. Richardson ran for 105 yards on 25 carries, becoming the second Browns running back ever to rush for 100 or more yards against the vaunted Ravens defense.

Having achieved success against the Ravens’ defense once, Richardson knows what lies before him when the teams renew their AFC North Division rivalry in Baltimore Sunday.

“I look at every team as if they have a bull’s-eye on me, no matter who it is,” Richardson said. “If every team’s bringing their 100 percent to me, I’m going to bring that much more. I know that they gave me their ‘A’ game, and if I had a lot of success or very little, I still know that I went out there and did my best.

“It makes me want to work harder. It makes me want to be that guy that always rushes for 100 or 90-plus (yards) or is going to get there, and they’re going to be like, ‘Man, I don’t want to play against him,’ or ‘This man here is unbelievable.’ I want to be that guy that they always remember when it comes time to play them.”

The Ravens’ defense looks a lot different this year than it did when Richardson ran for 105 yards in Cleveland.

They lost linebackers Ray Lewis (retirement), Dannell Ellerbe (Miami Dolphins) and Paul Kruger (Browns), as well as safety Ed Reed (Houston Texans). That, however, does not mean much to Richardson, who knows the intensity and passion with which the Ravens play will always be a calling card of their defense.

“It’s Baltimore,” Richardson said. “What game will you get more pumped up than playing the champions from last year? This defense is talented. It’s more talented than I’ve ever seen. Even with Ray and Ed not there, they’re talented and fast. They’re bullies. They’re going to do anything they can to stop you. They’re talented up front; they’re talented all around. It’s a hardcore defense.”