Cameron dials up a balanced attack in win over Bengals

Street Talk Cameron dials up a balanced attack in win over Bengals

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Game 10 – November 22, 2011

When your quarterback and star running back have nearly the identical number of touches you can call your offense balanced. Cam Cameron dialed up 27 pass plays and Ray Rice had a combined 25 touches as the offense topped 30 points for the first time since the week four win over the NY Jets. The return to normalcy proved a winning formula as the Ravens were 2/3 in the Red Zone and Flacco finished the game with a 105.5 QB rating.

The offense is now averaging 31.8 points per game at home compared to 19.4 in away games.

One encouraging aspect of the win over Cincinnati is the evolution of the passing game. Last week at Seattle the receivers were secondary to the tight-ends. The win over the Bengals saw the opposite as Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith each had a touchdown catch, while Ed Dickson was held to two receptions for only 21 yards.

How does a defense game plan for the Ravens if they can’t get consistent pressure on Joe Flacco when he now has weapons at every position?  Boldin can work outside the numbers; Smith can stretch the defense and Dickson can work the middle. Combine that with a dual threat running back and it should provide some sleepless nights for the opposing team’s defensive coordinator.

With six games remaining the Ravens sit atop the AFC North and have a clear path to a home playoff game; something not yet seen in the John Harbaugh era.  

Category

2010 (rank)

2011 to date

2011 Ranking

Difference

Pts / Gm

22.3 (16)

25.6

T-7th

Tot Pts

357 (16)

256

T-7th

Yds / Gm

322.9 (22)

343.9

15th

Rush Yds/Gm

114.4 (14)

99.6

T-23rd

Pass Yds/Gm

208.4 (20)

244.3

12th

1st downs/Gm

18.9 (18)

19.9

13th

3rd Down Pct.

39% (T-16)

39%

T-14th

4th Down Pct.

40% (T-21)

75%

2nd

Penalties

90 (T-18)

65

T-13th

TOP/Gm

31:20 (11)

29:42

20th

Fumbles

22 (T-17)

20

2nd

Fumbles Lost

10 (T-17)

10

T-2nd

Turnovers

+7 (9)

+3

9th

Red Zone %

49.2% (22)

47.1%

22nd

Flacco QB Rating

93.6 (7)

75.6

26th

 
Red Zone Conversion Rate for Teams with a Winning Record
 

Team

2011 Red zone %

2010 Red zone %

1. Green Bay

64.3%

62.7%

2. New England

62.2%

61.9%

3. Chicago

59.3%

49.1%

4. Oakland

58.1%

52.1%

4. NY Giants

58.1%

57.4%

6. Detroit

56.8%

64.4%

7. Atlanta

54.1%

60.7%

8. Cincinnati

53.3%

49.1%

9. New Orleans

51.1%

51.5%

10. Pittsburgh

50.0%

52.5%

11. Houston

47.5%

62.3%

12. Ravens

47.1%

49.2%

13. San Francisco

42.1%

47.6%

14.Dallas

40.6%

59.6%

 
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.

 

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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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