Street Talk BEHIND THE NUMBERS: 2006 RAVENS’ DEFENSE

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After twelve games it’s clear if the Ravens make a deep run into the playoffs it will be on the shoulders of the defense. Of the nine categories below, the Ravens rank 1st or 2nd in eight compared to the other teams with a winning record.
 
In case you missed the articles reviewing the first and second quarters, let me explain how these statistics were created.
 
This article analyzes the disparity in key statistical categories between the 2006 Ravens and the twelve other teams in the NFL having a winning record after twelve games. I compiled the Defensive numbers and found the average of the 2006 winning teams. I then compared those averages to the stats of the 2006 Ravens through twelve games. The table below lists the nine defensive categories BTN will be tracking the rest of the season.
 
DEFENSE:
 
 
 
Statistic
 
2006 Winning teams average
2006 Ravens
% Difference (+ / -)
Rush yards per game
108.8
75.8
+ 43.5%
 
 
 
 
Sacks
29.5
41
+ 38.9%
 
 
 
 
Points allowed
17.8
13.3
+ 33.8%
 
 
 
 
3rd down conversion %
37.1%
29.4%
+ 26.2%
 
 
 
 
Turnovers forced
23.8
29
+ 21.8%
 
 
 
 
Total defense
307.5
267.4
+ 14.9%
 
 
 
 
Pass completion %
59.0%
54.3%
+ 8.7%
 
 
 
 
Time of Possession
29:36
27:32
+ 7.5%
 
 
 
 
Pass yards per game
198.7
191.7
+ 3.7%
 
Check back for the final report card after the Buffalo game.

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Scot is a Baltimore native, a Towson University graduate, and has followed sports since the early 1980's. Scot likes to go inside the numbers and get the real "411" on the wins and losses,  hence his Behind The Numbers column.   Besides being an avid sports fan, Scot has been involved with televison sports production as an Associate Producer since 1993 for WMAR, ESPN, ESPNU,ESPN2, and the former Home Team Sports network.  In addition to his television work Scot has written articles for Baltimore Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine and Patuxent Publishing.  These experiences make him a natural as the creator of the Media Watchdog, another of SK's fine contributions.   More from Scot Kleinfeld

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