Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the
Five -- quarterback hurries by
Wilfork is one of the
38.7 -- percentage of passes thrown by Patriots quarterback
Brady was third in the NFL with 611 pass attempts during the 2011 regular season, and 237 of those throws went to his tight ends (as a comparison,
12 -- missed tackles by Ravens defenders in Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the
At his Monday news conference, coach
69.1 -- Brady's career passer rating in six games vs. the Ravens.
Outside of the 33-14 playoff loss in 2009, Brady always seems to get the best of the Ravens defense. He is 5-1 against the Ravens, with only one of those games coming at M&T Bank Stadium. But despite that win-loss record, the numbers show that the Ravens defense has actually gotten the best of him. Brady has completed just 56.8 percent of his passes against the Ravens for 1,372 yards, six touchdowns and eight interceptions. Reed had two of those interceptions and could have made more, which is why Brady showed the bearded ballhawk respect by writing "find 20 on every play" on his wristband before the AFC championship game.
30.4 -- Baltimore's conversion rate on third down in 2012, which ranks 25th in the NFL, after going 4-for-14 against the Eagles.
Much is rightfully being made about the offense’s struggles in short-yardage situations, and those struggles have a lot to do with the Ravens having so much trouble converting on third down, no matter the distance. They were 3-for-9 against the