Red zone means dead zone for Cameron’s offense

Street Talk Red zone means dead zone for Cameron’s offense

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Our friend, the vertical passing game, only stayed for one week. His quick exit left QB Joe Flacco with a horrid stat line and the Ravens wide receiving corps with cold hands. Flacco was 10/31 for 163 yards with one interception and one fumble against the Jets. He completed only three passes to the wide receivers.

While the offense did just enough not to waste a defensive effort for the ages by putting up 13 points, it did not leave a feeling of accomplishment before heading into the bye week.

The offense is gaining its yards between the 20s and struggling in the red zone. While they rank 14th in red zone attempts per game with 3.8, they rank 26th in conversion percentage through four games and over the last three games the Ravens have the lowest conversion rate in the NFL at 22.2%.

If the offense received a grade at the quarter mark it would be a C+.  The potential is there to reach the “A” level, but the teacher and his students need to do some extra work.

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)



Tot Pts 357 (16) 119 6th
Yds / Gm 322.9 (22) 358.5 14th
Rush Yds/Gm 114.4 (14) 123.8 8th
Pass Yds/Gm 208.4 (20) 234.8 19th
1st downs/Gm 18.9 (18) 18.2 T-21st
3rd Down Pct. 39% (T-16) 37% T-14th
4th Down Pct. 40% (T-21) 50% T-13th
Penalties 90 (T-18) 26 16th
TOP/Gm 31:20 (11) 31:20 12th
Fumbles 22 (T-17) 8 T-6th
Fumbles Lost 10 (T-17) 4 T-8th
Turnovers +7 (9) +7 T-3rd
Red Zone % 49.2% (22) 33.3% 26th
Flacco QB Rating 93.6 (7) 79.9 22nd

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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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