Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens.
20.3 -- average starting position for Baltimore's opponents (their 20.3-yard line) after kickoffs this season.
The improvements the Ravens have made to their return game have rightfully received attention, as Jacoby Jones has returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns and the Ravens offense, on average, is starting just past their 25-yard line after kickoffs. But how about a little love for the kickoff coverage team, too? Rookie kicker
328 -- rushing attempts by the Ravens' opponents this season.
The Ravens are allowing a respectable 4.0 yards per carry this season, but that hasn't stopped opponents from running the ball against them early and often. According to Pro Football Focus, no team has been run on more often than the Ravens in the first quarter (80 rush attempts), the second quarter (82) and the third quarter (91). Only one team, the lowly
14 -- pressures by linebacker
Kruger got off to a disappointing start, suffering a back injury, rarely touching quarterbacks and losing his starting spot for a while. But he has played better since
68.2 -- percentage of red-zone possessions in which the
The Chargers are eighth in the NFL in yards allowed and third against the run, but one key area where they have given up ground is the red zone. Through 10 games, the Chargers rank 31st in red-zone defense, as their opponents have scored touchdowns on nearly 70 percent of their drives after crossing San Diego's 20-yard line. Meanwhile, the Ravens are seventh in red-zone offense, scoring touchdowns 61.3 percent of the time. If the Baltimore offense struggles yet again away from M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens will need to take advantage of their opportunities once they get deep in Chargers territory.
100.7 -- Chargers quarterback
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