Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the
7.7 -- yards per attempt by opposing quarterbacks when Ravens linebacker
It still hasn’t been revealed how often he will be out -- if at all -- but we know Terrell Suggs has a torn right biceps. We also know the Ravens are better with him on the field. The defense has been stingier since Suggs returned from a torn Achilles tendon a week before their Week 8 bye week. They tightened up against the run, but they have also been better against the pass. In the past five games, the Ravens have 15 sacks after averaging less than two per game before the bye. And with Suggs on the field, opposing quarterbacks are averaging 6.0 yards per attempt, per
zero -- sacks allowed by right guard
Though the overall offensive line play has been up and down recently, Marshal Yanda, who was voted to the
18.47 -- yards per point allowed by the Ravens defense.
We often talk about Baltimore’s propensity to bend but not break when it comes to keeping opponents out of the end zone. The guys over at Cold, Hard Football Facts have tried to quantify such a thing by coming up with something called breakability rating. And really, it’s a simple, but effective stat. They take the number of yards allowed by a defense and divide by the number of points allowed, and the Ravens, who are 25th in the
22.2 -- percentage of passes traveling 15 yards completed by quarterback
Joe Flacco had a 68.5 passing rating against the Steelers this season and threw for just 352 yards and one touchdown in two games against them. One of the areas where he struggled most was throwing deep. Flacco completed just two of his 10 attempts that were deeper than 15 yards downfield in Sunday's 23-20 loss, according to ESPN Stats and Info, and he completed just 22.2 percent of such throws in the two games. But Flacco isn't alone. The Steelers, who are ranked first in the NFL in pass defense, entered the game allowing completions on just 31.9 percent of throws traveling 15 yards -- the lowest percentage in the NFL.
15 -- consecutive victories for the Ravens in their games immediately following a loss.