Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens.
55.0 -- Joe Flacco’s completion percentage in his last four starts, three of which were outside of Baltimore.
You could probably dig up dozens of noteworthy stats about the struggles of quarterback Joe Flacco the past few weeks, particularly his struggles on the road. There is no question he has been inefficient after his hot start. In Flacco’s first four games, he completed 63.5 percent of his attempts and averaged 8.13 yards per attempt. In the past four games, he has completed just 55 percent of them for an average of 6.01 yards per attempt. In two of those games, Flacco completed less than 50 percent. Overall, he has completed 59.8 percent of his passes this season. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has said he would like to see that “team stat” at 70 percent.
Two -- quarterback pressures by Terrell Suggs in Sunday's win.
Two weeks after outside linebacker Terrell Suggs recorded a sack, a quarterback hit and another pressure while playing 44 snaps in a 30-point loss to the Houston Texans, he was not as effective as a pass rusher in the 25-15 win over the Cleveland Browns. According to Pro Football Focus, Suggs hurried Brandon Weeden on just two of the 34 plays when he rushed the Browns quarterback (Suggs played 56 total snaps Sunday). Perhaps the main reason for his quiet afternoon was the presence of Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas, who shut out Suggs. Both of the linebacker’s pressures came when he attacked Cleveland's rookie right tackle instead.
90 -- Baltimore’s NFL-leading TD rate in Goal-to-Go situations.
After finishing in the middle of the pack in red-zone touchdown percentage a season ago, the Ravens rank sixth in the league in that critical category this season, scoring touchdowns 62.5 percent of the time after reaching the opponent’s 20-yard line. But once the Ravens get a first down inside the 10-yard line, they are the most efficient team in the NFL. According to Ravens media relations, the Ravens have scored touchdowns nine of the 10 times they faced a Goal-to-Go situation, the league’s highest success rate. Eight of those touchdowns were scored on running plays.
+7 -- The Ravens’ turnover differential, tied for seventh in the NFL.
Looking for a stat that might help explain why the Ravens are 6-2 despite having the NFL’s 19th-ranked offense and 26th-ranked defense? Try turnover differential. The Ravens enter Week 10 tied for seventh in the league with a plus-seven differential. They have turned the ball over just eight times in eight games, and they have only coughed up two fumbles this season. And the opportunistic Ravens defense has recorded 15 takeaways, 10th in the NFL.
14.3 -- Bucs back Doug Martin’s yards per carry when running to his left against the Raiders last weekend.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin, who often gets compared to Ray Rice, had a huge game against the Raiders in Week 9, rushing for 251 yards and four touchdowns. He did most of that damage running left. According to Pro Football Focus, 14 of Martin’s 25 carries were to the left, and 200 of his yards came on those carries -- an average of 14.3 yards per pop. He ran to the left on all four of his touchdowns, and on his three long touchdown runs, he cut around the left tackle or left guard before bouncing outside. By the way, Rice likes to run left, too, with 353 of his 622 rushing yards this season coming through the left side of the line.
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