Behind The Numbers: Tracking the Ravens Passing Game

Street Talk Behind The Numbers: Tracking the Ravens Passing Game

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There are few teams in the NFL that have a running back leading the team in receptions. Yet six weeks into the season the Ravens reception leader is Ray Rice.  My question is whether this is a strategic direction preached by OC Cam Cameron, or is it a reflection of the WRs not getting open and QB Joe Flacco’s willingness to accept check downs more often than most other quarterbacks? 


 

Last week in the loss to Minnesota we saw the passing game prove it can be versatile and function under duress. In the fourth quarter alone Flacco completed a screen pass to Rice that went for 63 yards, while also throwing TD passes of 12 and 32 yards. 


 

The Ravens are third in attempts per game with 38.  Look for this number to decrease as they try to get more from the running game as the weather becomes a larger factor later in the season.


 

Check BTN next week to see where Joe Flacco and the passing game stand.

 


 

Ravens Passing Game
 

Statistic

2008 Rank

2008 Avg. / total

2009 Rank
(thru week 6)

2009 Avg. / total
(thru week 6)

Yards per game

27th

192.8

8th

268.3

Comp. %

18th

60.3%

11th

64.5%

Yards per comp.

T-12th

7.1

T-11th

7.4

Att. Per game

30th

27.1

3rd

38

Total Completions

29th

261

3rd

147

Touchdowns

T-22nd

16

T-7th

11

Interceptions

T-9th

12

T-17th

5

Sacks

18th

33

T-9th

10

QB Rating

16th

82.8

11th

93.4


 

2009 Pass Distribution
 

Position

2008 %

2009 % (thru week 6)

WR

52.5%

45.6% (67 / 147)

RB

31.8%

37.4% (55 / 147)

TE

15.7%

17.0% (25 / 147)

 

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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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