Tracking the Ravens offense in 2011: Game 3 @ Rams

Street Talk Tracking the Ravens offense in 2011: Game 3 @ Rams

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It was nice to welcome back our cherished friend, the vertical passing game, last Sunday in the Rams game. We hadn’t spent much time with him lately; and we would be happier if he decided to stay for a while. He made an appearance in the form of rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith and what a positive impact it had on the stats for Joe Flacco.  Cam Cameron dug up some go routes and deep post patterns for the rookie speedster and Flacco was able to deliver three scoring strikes in the first quarter.

But while the points per game numbers are up from last year, the Ravens can’t count on playing a poor defensive team each week. Quality defenses will make the offense earn third downs, sustain long drives and convert in the red zone. Over the last two games the Ravens are a combined one for seven in the red zone. If the conversion rate continues to decline you can count on some long days for the offense as three of the next five opponents have defenses ranked in the top ten for points allowed.

BTN will track the progress here on a weekly basis. Keep in mind for some categories a decrease is positive, as in the case of Fumbles lost, and an increase is negative, in as the case of Penalties.

Category 2010 (rank) 2011 to date 2011 Ranking Difference
Pts / Gm 22.3 (16) 28.3 8th
Tot Pts 357 (16) 85 8th
Yds / Gm 322.9 (22) 389.0 11th
Rush Yds/Gm 114.4 (14) 127.7 8th
Pass Yds/Gm 208.4 (20) 261.3 13th
1st downs/Gm 18.9 (18) 19.0 18th
3rd Down Pct. 39% (T-16) 39.0% 12th
4th Down Pct. 40% (T-21) 50% T-15th
Penalties 90 (T-18) 19 T-16th
TOP/Gm 31:20 (11) 29:17 18th
Fumbles 22 (T-17) 5 T-11th
Fumbles Lost 10 (T-17) 2 T-9th
Turnovers +7 (9) +6 T-1st
Red Zone % 49.2% (22) 33.3% T-26th
Flacco QB Rating 93.6 (7) 91.9 12th


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Scot Kleinfeld

About Scot Kleinfeld

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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