Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens.
17.3 -- percentage of snaps in 2012 for Ravens quarterback
According to Pro Football Focus, Joe Flacco threw the ball downfield more often than any quarterback in the NFL, with 17.3 percent of his throws traveling 20 or more yards. And the Ravens set a new franchise record with 41 completions of 25-plus yards. But you can cherry-pick stats on either side of the spectrum to say whether all those deep throws were a good thing or a bad thing. Pro Football Focus says that on those deep throws, he threw 11 touchdowns, tied for most in the NFL, and was the only qualifying quarterback with zero interceptions. But according to ESPN Stats and Info, Flacco had the NFL's worst completion percentage (40.1) on throws of more than 10 yards downfield through Week 14, when
299.0 -- yards allowed per game by the Ravens since Week 12.
Despite a long list of injuries -- only safety
Paul Kruger is entering the playoffs after the most productive eight-game stretch of his four years in the NFL. Kruger, who has a career-high and team-leading nine sacks this season, has 7.5 sacks in the past eight games. Overall, he has 42 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The guys over at Pro Football Focus have credited Kruger with 54 total pressures, which include sacks, quarterback hits and hurries. That total is the fourth-highest among 3-4 outside linebackers, trailing
5.83 -- yards per carry allowed by the
The Colts have won five of their past six games despite allowing nearly 5.83 yards per carry over that span, inflating their season average to 5.14, the second-highest in the NFL behind only the
25 -- interceptions that Colts quarterback
Rookie Andrew Luck has met the hype. With 4,374 passing yards and 28 total touchdowns (23 passing and five rushing), he is one of the leading candidates for NFL Rookie of the Year award. And considering that the Colts went from 2-14 to 11-5, maybe he should be an MVP candidate, as well. He has made mistakes, though. He has been intercepted 18 times, one fewer than league leaders