BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Own the clock, take care of the rock

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BTN will provide the team rankings of the Ravens’ opponents for an easy comparison tool for the remainder of the season.

 
Will this be a December to remember? Based on how the numbers moved in the right direction during November, one can hope. The Ravens have now scored at least 27 points in six of their last seven games. Scoring 20+ points is the benchmark between winning and losing in the NFL. In week 13 teams that scored under 20 points were a combined 3-13 (.188). This year the Ravens are 1-3 when scoring less than 20 points.

 
The Turnover ratio ranking is at a season high and when combined with the continued #1 ranking in TOP at 34:11, it’s clear what the Ravens winning formula has become; own the clock and take care of the rock.

 
Check back each week to see if Cam’s new system is leading the boys in the right direction this year. Here’s where the offense stands after week 13.

 
Ravens offense

 
Statistic
2007 Rank
2007 Avg.
2008 Rank (thru week 13)
2008 Avg. (thru week 13)
Total offense (yds / gm)
22nd
302.0
19th
323.5
Pass yards per game
23rd
189.7
27th
179.8
Rush yards per game
16th
112.3
3rd
143.8
Pts per game
24th
17.2
T-10th
24.3
3rd down conversion %
18th
38%
T-11th
43.1%
Penalty yards per game
29th
54.6
25th
53.0
Penalties per game
27th
6.7
28th
6.9
Turnover ratio
32nd
-17
4th
+7
Red zone conversion %
27th
42.2%
16th
52.8%

 
Remaining 2008 schedule

 
Team (record)
Offense Ranking (PPG)
Defense Ranking (PPG)
Washington (7-5)
28th
6th
Pittsburgh (9-3)
20th
1st
at Dallas (8-4)
8th
16th
Jacksonville (4-8)
24th
20th
Total winning %: 28-20 (.583)

 

 

 

Photo by Sabina Moran

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Scot Kleinfeld

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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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