Street Talk 2006 RAVENS DEFENSE: HOW DO THEY GRADE OUT AT THE SEASON’S MIDPOINT?

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At the midway point of the season the defense is still producing better than the other teams with winning records.
 
In case you missed the articles reviewing the 2005 season and the first quarter report card, let me explain how these statistics were created.
 
This article analyzes the disparity in key statistical categories between the 2006 Ravens and the eleven other teams in the NFL having a winning record after 8 games. (For the results of the season’s first quarter, click on the archive button above.)
 
I compiled the Defensive numbers and found the average of the 2006 winning teams. I then compared those averages to the stats of the 2006 Ravens through the first eight games. The table below lists the nine defensive categories BTN will be tracking the rest of the season.
 
DEFENSE:
 
 
 
Statistic
 
2006 Winning teams average
2006 Ravens
% Difference (+/-)
Turnovers forced
16
25
+ 56.3%
 
 
 
 
Rush yards per game
100
69.3
+ 30.7%
 
 
 
 
Points allowed
17.3
13.9
+ 24.5%
 
 
 
 
3rd down conversion %
36.8%
32.4%
+ 13.6%
 
 
 
 
Total Defense
301.2
273.8
+ 10%
 
 
 
 
Pass completion %
58.9%
53.6%
+ 9.9%
 
 
 
 
Sacks
21.3
23
+ 7.9%
 
 
 
 
Time of Possession
28:45
27:45
+ 3.6%
 
 
 
 
Pass yards per game
201.3
204.5
– 1.6%
 
At the current rate the Ravens would force 50 turnovers…an astounding stat. If the numbers above continue to hold or even improve the Ravens should have a chance to make a run in the post season.  Let’s hope the injury bug doesn’t make a stop at 1 Winning Drive.  Check back for the third quarter report card after the Cincinnati game on November 30th.

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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.
 

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