Ravens @ Falcons Game Day Primer

Street Talk Ravens @ Falcons Game Day Primer

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Two teams with identical records kick off NFL Network’s Thursday night schedule. Enjoy this matchup of two former first round quarterback picks because these two teams meet for only the fourth time, and the first since 2006.

Baltimore leads the series 2-1 and won the last meeting on November 19, 2006, 24-10, when Jamal Lewis had 91 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns.  Roddy White was held to a single catch for 49 yards.

QB Matt Ryan looks to add to his impressive 17-1 home record while the Ravens seek just their third win versus nine losses in a domed stadium.

When you look at the stats of these two quarterbacks who will be forever tied at the hip given their 2008 first round draft status, Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan pro careers to date are remarkably similar. Flacco has a career QB rating of 85.8 to Ryan’s 85.7. This season Ryan edges Flacco by a 90.2 to 88.9 margin. Ryan’s record is 26-12 while Flacco’s is 26-14 although Flacco does have 3 playoff wins to his credit while Ryan lost is only post season appearance.

All that said, don’t be surprised if this game hinges on a special teams play. It should be a close one.

Below you will find player and team stats comparisons. Check back here each week for the BTN Game Day Primer.

GAME 9

Statistic

Falcons

Ravens

Record

6-2

6-2

Home

4-0

4-0

Away

2-2

2-2

Streak

Won 2

Won 2

Team Leaders

Passing

Matt Ryan

Joe Flacco

Comp / Att / Pct.

180 / 288 / 62.5%

160 / 263 / 60.8%

TD / Int / Yards / Rating

13 / 5 / 1949 / 90.2

12 / 6 / 1917 / 88.9

Rushing

Michael Turner

Ray Rice

Att / Yards / Avg. / TD / Fum

155 / 694 / 4.5 / 5 / 0

153 / 606 / 4.0 / 2 / 0

Receiving

Roddy White

Anquan Boldin

Rec / Yards / Avg. / TD

58 / 796 / 13.7 / 5

40 / 546 / 13.7 / 5

Tony Gonzalez

Derrick Mason

Rec / Yards / Avg. / TD

37 / 364 / 9.8 / 3

30 / 399 / 13.3 / 2

Tackling

Curtis Lofton

Ray Lewis

Total / Sack / Int

63 / 2 / 1

68 / 2 / 1

Stephen Nicholas

Dawan Landry

Total / Sack / Int

44 / 0 / 1

55 / 1 / 0

Brent Grimes

Haloti Ngata

Total / Sack / Int

43 / 0 / 2

43 / 5 / 0

Special Teams

Kicking

Matt Bryant

Billy Cundiff

PATs / FGM-FGA / Pct. / Long

20-20 / 16-19 / 84.2% / 49

19-19 / 14-17 / 82.3% / 51

Punting

Michael Koenen

Sam Koch

Punts / Yards / Avg. / Inside 20

33 / 1303 / 39.5 / 14

37 / 1572 / 42.5 / 19

Team Stats

Falcons

Ravens

Offense

Points Per game

24.5

21.9

Total Yards /  game

370.1

348.0

Pass Yards / game

233.6

229.3

Rush Yards / game

136.5

118.7

3rd Down %

46.3%

40.9%

Time of Possession

33:04

33:09

Red Zone %

56.67%

42.86%

Turnovers (Int / Fum)

9 (5 / 4)

12 (6 / 6)

Defense

Falcons

Ravens

Points Per game

19.3

17.4

Total Yards /  game

346.4

310.8

Pass Yards / game

250.5

206.0

Rush Yards / game

95.9

104.8

3rd Down %

45.4%

35.5%

Sacks

16

14

Interceptions

13

8

Forced Fumbles

6

 
4
 
 

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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.
 

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