Street Talk 2006 RAVENS OFFENSE

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How far can the Ravens go with Brian Billick as the Offensive Coordinator, a role he’s assumed since Jim Fassel’s departure after Week 6?  BTN predicts not very far unless the running game gets fixed soon. The upcoming schedule includes Pittsburgh and Kansas City; two teams that defend the rush very well. You can bet they will take away the run and force Steve McNair to carry even more of a load than he has up to this point. 
It seems obvious the rushing game could use a little more Mike Anderson and Musa Smith added to the mix…but we’ve been saying that for weeks now. No team with a winning record runs the ball worse than the Ravens (3.4); New Orleans has the same average.
The holiday season is now upon us and BTN is asking Santa to deliver an early Christmas gift to Brian Billick — a running game! 
Check back next week to see if the trends continue.
After 6 Games
After 10 Games
% Difference (+/-)
Total offense
271.7 (28th)
304.6 (21st)
+ 12.1%
Pts per game
18.3 (18th)
22.2 (11th)
+ 21.3%
Rush yards per game
94.3 (24th)
98.5 (26th)
+ 4.5%
Rush attempt avg.
3.5 (26th)
3.4 (30th)
– 2.9%
Rush attempts per game
26.7 (20th)
28.9 (11th)
+ 8.2%
Pass yards per game
177.3 (27th)
215.4 (20th)
+ 21.5%
Pass comp %
56.0 (26th)
60.6 (16th)
+ 8.2%
Pass attempts per game
33.3 (14th)
33.5 (T-11th)
+ less than 1%
Pass comp avg. yards
5.32 (29th)
6.15 (18th)
+ 15.6%
QB rating
64.1 (29th)
78.1 (20th)
+ 21.8%
3rd down conversion %
36.7 % (22nd)
41.1 (8th)
+ 11.9%
Time of possession
30:38 (13th)
32:24 (3rd)
+ 5.8%
Red Zone TD %
44.40% (25th)
44.44% (25th)
+ less than 1%
31 (12th)
63 (T-17th)
– 15.6%
Sacks allowed
12 (14th)
16 (T-6th)
+ 25.0%
Turnover margin
+ 7 (3rd)
+ 12 (1st)
+ 6.3%
Held under 20 pts**
3-6  = 50%
0-4 = 0%
**Not an official NFL statistic.  Stat provided by BTN.

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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.

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