BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Q4 REPORT ~ DEFENSE

Street Talk BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Q4 REPORT ~ DEFENSE

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The Ravens Defense enters the playoffs ranked #1 in the NFL. The numbers below show a unit that really has only one weakness…its secondary. If the Defense can maintain its outstanding level of play during the post season the Ravens will be extremely difficult to beat.
 
In case you missed the articles reviewing the first, second and third quarters, 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 playoff teams in the NFL. I compiled the Defensive numbers and found the average of the 2006 playoff teams. I then compared those averages to the stats of the 2006 Ravens through the sixteen regular season games. The table below lists nine key defensive categories and how the Ravens compare to the other playoff teams.
 

DEFENSE:

     

Statistic

2006 Playoff teams average

2006 Ravens

% Difference (+ / -)

Rush yards per game

117
75.9

+ 54.2%

 

 

 

 

Points allowed

19.1
12.6

+ 51.6%

 

 

 

 

Sacks

40.2
60

+ 49.3%

 

 

 

 

Turnovers forced

30.1
40

+ 32.9%

 

 

 

 

3rd down conversion %

37.5%

28.8%

+ 30.2%

 

 

 

 

Total defense

314.8

264.1

+ 19.2%

 

 

 

 

Time of Possession

29:12

27:12

+ 7.4%

 

 

 

 

Pass completion %

58.6%

54.8%

+ 6.9%

 

 

 

 

Pass yards per game

197.8

188.2

+ 5.1%

 

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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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