Tracking the Ravens offense in 2011, Game 1

Street Talk Tracking the Ravens offense in 2011, Game 1

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Joe Flacco and Cam Cameron enter their fourth year together as the respective leaders of the Ravens offense on and off the field. In college terms they are now seniors and will be expected to perform at a higher level compared to the previous three seasons.

Although in 2010 Flacco’s numbers continued to improve, the offense as a whole did not. Key offensive categories that saw a decrease last year include points per game, rush yards per game, 3rd down percentage and red zone percentage.

The performance in the season opener against the Steelers was impressive and Joe Flacco registered his highest QB rating in a week one game with 117.6. No turnovers and a 50% conversion rate in the red zone were also key factors in the decisive win. The last time the Ravens beat the Steelers to open a season was in 2000, and we all know how that season ended.

There is little doubt Cameron and his offense are on the hot seat this year.  It’s clear the offense has to improve and aside from injuries to key players it should. BTN will track the progress here on a weekly basis. Keep in mind for some categories a decrease is positive, as in the case of Fumbles lost, and an increase is negative, as in the case of Penalties.

Category

2010 (rank)

2011 to date

2011 Ranking

Difference

Pts / Gm

22.3 (16)

35.0

4th

Total Pts

357 (16)

35

4th

Yds / Gm

322.9 (22)

358.0

12th

Rush Yds/Gm

114.4 (14)

170.0

3rd

Pass Yds/Gm

208.4 (20)

215.0

20th

1st Downs/Gm

18.9 (18)

17

T-21st

3rd Down Pct.

39% (T-16)

43.75%

10th

4thDown Pct.

40% (T-21)

0%

T-8th

Penalties

90 (T-18)

7

T-15th

TOP/Gm

31:20 (11)

32:31

12th

Fumbles

22 (T-17)

0

T-28th

Fumbles Lost

10 (T-17)

0

T-1st

Turnovers

+7 (9)

+7

1st

Red Zone %

49.2% (22)

50.0%

T-7th

Flacco QB Rating

93.6 (7)

117.6

6th

 

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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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