Behind The Numbers: Tracking the Ravens Passing Game

Street Talk Behind The Numbers: Tracking the Ravens Passing Game

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After seven games it is clear the Ravens passing philosophy is working for second year QB Joe Flacco. The controlled style focuses on taking advantage of the middle of the field. They rarely throw deep sideline patterns that have little chance of success.


 

Give credit to Cam Cameron for understanding how to use his personnel. Mason, Clayton and Washington are all possession receivers that excel at keeping drives alive while Heap and Rice are both mismatches for opposing linebackers.


 

Todd Heap has a history of success against the Bengals so look for him to be featured prominently this week.


 

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 8)

2009 Avg. / total
(thru week 8)

Yards per game

27th

192.8

10th

253.9

Comp. %

18th

60.3%

7th

66.0%

Yards per comp.

T-12th

7.1

T-11th

7.3

Att. Per game

30th

27.1

5th

36.1

Total Completions

29th

261

6th

167

Touchdowns

T-22nd

16

T-10th

12

Interceptions

T-9th

12

T-10th

5

Sacks

18th

33

9th

12

QB Rating

16th

82.8

T-11th

95.2


 

2009 Pass Distribution
 

Position

2008 %

2009 % (thru week 8)

WR

52.5%

46.7% (78 / 167)

RB

31.8%

36.5% (61 / 167)

TE

15.7%

16.8% (28 / 167)


 

Ravens Next Three Games

 

Opponent

Record

Offensive Rank*

Defensive Rank*

Cincinnati

5-2

15

6

Cleveland

1-7

T-30th

28

Indianapolis

7-0

T-6th

1

* – Rankings are based on points per 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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