BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Can the passing game lift the Ravens past the Patriots?

Street Talk BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Can the passing game lift the Ravens past the Patriots?

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On paper these two teams are not vastly different except for a few key categories that should weigh heavily in the outcome on Sunday. Tom Brady has been sacked only 18 times this year compared to 36 times for Joe Flacco. The Patriots use a short passing game based on timing with their receivers between the numbers. Their RBs are not an integral part of the passing attack as Kevin Faulk is the leader with 37. Pressuring Brady and disrupting his timing will be critical for the Ravens defense. 


 

The Ravens passing game looks to exploit match-ups outside the numbers and relies heavily on check downs to the RBs. Ray Rice has nearly as many receptions (78) as Randy Moss (83).

 
For the Ravens to be successful on offense they must limit penalties and get big plays from the running game as they did against the Raiders last week. Don’t fool yourself and think the Ravens can win if they fall behind and have to rely on Joe Flacco and the passing game.
 
NOTE: No penalty was called against Patriots’ DT Mike Wright for a blow to the head during the play pictured above. This took place not long after Haloti Ngata was called for striking Tom Brady’s head, much less forcefully I might add…just saying. ~ The Editor


 

Ravens vs. Patriots Team Stats Comparison

 

Statistic

Ravens

Patriots

Record

9-7

10-6

Home

6-2

8-0

Away

3-5

2-6

Vs. Common Opponents

1-1

0-2

Vs. Teams w/ a winning record

2-7

3-4

Offense


 


 

Points per game

24.4

26.7

Total Yards per game

351.2

397.3

Pass Yards per game

213.7

277.2

Rush Yards per game

137.5

120.1

3rd down conversion %

42%

44%

Time of possession

29:33

33:05

Sacks allowed

36

18

Penalties / Yards

115 / 1,094

81 / 743

Red Zone %

52.6%

52.3%

Turnover Ratio

+10

+6

Defense


 


 

Points allowed per game

16.3

17.8

Total Yards per game

300.5

320.2

Pass Yards per game

207.3

209.7

Rush Yards per game

93.3

110.5

3rd down conversion %

36.7%

37.1%

Sacks

32

31

QB Rating Against

71.9

81.7


 

Flacco vs. Brady in 2009

 


 

Comp/Att

Yards

Pct.

Yds/Att

TD

Int

Rating

Flacco

315 / 499

3613

63.1%

7.2

21

12

88.9

Brady

371 / 565

4398

65.7%

7.8

28

13

96.2


 


 

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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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