Behind The Numbers: Tracking the Ravens Passing Game

Street Talk Behind The Numbers: Tracking the Ravens Passing Game

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Joe Flacco got back on track and had a solid, if not dazzling, game against Pittsburgh. Although he did have a fumble, he did not throw any interceptions while completing one touchdown pass to WR Derrick Mason.


 

The Ravens passing game continues to rely heavily on the RBs. Do the RBs get 38% of the passes because the team lacks a consistent vertical threat, or is the offense really designed to limit the vertical component? 


 

If you compare the Ravens pass distribution to the top five passing teams ranked by yardage, the Ravens rely on the running backs far more than other teams. Only Houston uses their RBs more than 26%, while the Indianapolis RBs see only 17% of Peyton Manning’s tosses. 


 

The weather will be a factor for the remainder of the season as we enter December. One would hope the Ravens WRs will see a higher percentage of passes as the RBs will be seeing more carries.


 

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 12)

2009 Avg. / total
(thru week 12)

Yards per game

27th

192.8

13th

236.4

Comp. %

18th

60.3%

9th

65.2%

Yards per comp.

T-12th

7.1

12th

7.3

Att. Per game

30th

27.1

T-13th

34.0

Total Completions

29th

261

10th

244

Touchdowns

T-22nd

16

T-20th

13

Interceptions

T-9th

12

T-8th

8

Sacks

18th

33

T-14th

23

QB Rating

16th

82.8

12th

90.2


 

2009 Pass Distribution
 

Position

2008 %

2009 % (thru week 12)

WR

52.5%

45.9% (112 / 244)

RB

31.8%

38.1% (93 / 244)

TE

15.7%

16.0% (39 / 244)


 

Ravens Next Three Games

 

Opponent

Record

Offensive Rank*

Defensive Rank*

Green Bay

7-4

6th

12th

Detroit

2-9

25th

32nd

Chicago

4-7

21st

24th

* – 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.
 

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