Behind The Numbers: Tracking the Ravens new offense

Street Talk Behind The Numbers: Tracking the Ravens new offense

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After two games the Ravens are holding their own in the league offensive rankings. With a new system and rookie QB it’s clear the philosophy is to pound the ball on the ground and chew as much clock as possible.  The numbers below reflect a team with a lopsided offensive profile. The Ravens excel at the running game while struggling somewhat with the passing game.


 

The running game is so good right now the Ravens lead the league in Time of Possession (TOP) with 37:02 per game. The astounding aspect of this stat is that the second ranked team is over three minutes less per game at 33:54. If the passing game improves or as game situations dictate more passing, look for this number to fall slightly as the season progresses.


 

Don’t be deceived by the numbers below. The Ravens are the only team in the NFL without a passing touchdown. Over the course of the season the Ravens will need to improve upon their passing stats and increase the Red Zone conversion rate in order to remain successful.


 

Each week we will chart Cam Cameron’s new system and gauge his progress throughout the season. Here’s where the offense stands after week 3:


 

Ravens offense


 

Statistic

2007 Rank

2007 Avg.

2008 Rank

2008 Avg.

Total offense (yds / gm)


 

22nd

302.0

19th

315.5

Pass yards per game

23rd

189.7

30th

125.5

Rush yards per game

16th

112.3

2nd

190

Pts per game

24th

17.2

16th

22.5

3rd down conversion %

18th

38%

9th

42.9%

Penalty yards per game

29th

54.6

6th

52

Penalties per game

27th

6.7

T-24th

7

Turnover ratio

32nd

-17

10th

+1


 

Red zone conversion %

27th

42.2%

24th

42.9%


 

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Scot Kleinfeld

About Scot Kleinfeld

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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