The Ravens are packing their bags for New Orleans because the front office and coaching staff have pulled the trigger on a bunch of key moves over the past 12 months, from extending
That last move was arguably the most impactful, as the offensive line has been great the past three weeks.
Just how great? I ask you this, when was the last time you cringed as
In the playoffs, the Ravens -- and the whole offense should split the credit for this, not just the transformed Ravens offensive line -- have allowed Flacco to get sacked four times and hit five other times, according to the guys over at Pro Football Focus. Overall, they say Flacco has been pressured a total of 23 times in three postseason games. That's an average of about four fewer pressures per game than what Flacco had faced during the regular season.
With Flacco taking fewer hard hits and getting a little more time to scan the field as his receivers try to shake free from defensive backs, who have often tried to bump them at the line of scrimmage, the Ravens offense has averaged 30 points per game in these playoffs, second to only the
Flacco has been making quick (and smart) decisions and getting the ball out fast, which also obviously helps his linemen. All three of his touchdown passes in Sunday’s win over the
With eight touchdown passes and no picks, Flacco can tie
For Flacco to continue flinging touchdown passes against the fourth-ranked pass defense of the 49ers, the Ravens offensive line must hold firm for 60 more minutes against pass-rushing outside linebacker
Aldon Smith will be a threat on the edges to
Justin Smith, a big defensive end in their 3-4 front, will be a load to handle on the interior, which has held up well with rookie