Cameron Leans on Rice and Williams to Pound Cleveland

Street Talk Cameron Leans on Rice and Williams to Pound Cleveland

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By: Scot Kleinfeld: Game 12 – December 6, 2011

There was nothing fancy about the game plan last week versus Cleveland. Sometimes the combination of a team’s weakness and bad weather makes the plan of attack obvious. Ray Rice and Ricky Williams totaled 45 carries for 280 yards and two touchdowns to power the Ravens over, around and through the Browns. The 204 yards for Rice were a career best. It’s a good sign when your QB completes only 10 passes and the offense still has a productive day. 

Now Rice and the Ravens return home where they face the Indianapolis Colts who are ranked 30th against the run. At home this season Rice has 126 carries for 500 yards and seven touchdowns. In a game that should never be in doubt you should expect a lot more of Ricky and Ray and also see Cameron work in some deep routes to Torrey Smith and Lee Evans. The ground game should remain front and center as weather will become a factor for the rest of the season and in the playoffs. Save for Houston, none of the AFC teams competing for a playoff spot plays in a domed stadium.

Category

2010 (rank)

2011 to date

2011 Ranking

Difference

Pts / Gm

22.3 (16)

24.7

6th

Tot Pts

357 (16)

296

6th

Yds / Gm

322.9 (22)

345.0

15th

Rush Yds/Gm

114.4 (14)

114.8

T-14th

Pass Yds/Gm

208.4 (20)

230.2

14th

1st downs/Gm

18.9 (18)

19.9

13th

3rd Down Pct.

39% (T-16)

41%

10th

4th Down Pct.

40% (T-21)

67%

2nd

Penalties

90 (T-18)

72

T-19th

TOP/Gm

31:20 (11)

30:29

14th

Fumbles

22 (T-17)

21

T-2nd

Fumbles Lost

10 (T-17)

11

T-4th

Turnovers

+7 (9)

+4

T-9th

Red Zone %

49.2% (22)

46.3%

22nd

Flacco QB Rating

93.6 (7)

78.3

21st

 
In the Ravens favor is their remaining strength of schedule ranks as the easiest of all the teams in the AFC playoff race. On the downside is the still low conversion rate in the Red Zone of 46.3%
 

Team

Remaining Opponents Combined Record

Winning Pct.

Ravens

16 – 32

.333

Texans

18 – 30

.375

Jets

19 – 29

.396

Patriots

20 – 28

.417

Steelers

20 – 28

.417

Titans

21 – 27

.437

Bengals

25 – 23

.521

Broncos

26 – 22

.542

Raiders

29 – 19

.604

 
Red Zone Conversion Rate for Teams with a Winning Record
 

Team

2011 Red zone %

2010 Red zone %

1. NY Jets

67.7%

44.3%

2. Tennessee

66.8%

58.1%

3. New England

66.0%

61.9%

4. Green Bay

64.7%

62.7%

5. NY Giants

60.5%

57.4%

6. Detroit

59.5%

64.4%

7. New Orleans

56.4%

51.5%

8. Atlanta

55.8%

60.7%

9. Oakland

54.1%

52.1%

10. Pittsburgh

53.7%

52.5%

11. Chicago

53.1%

49.1%

12. Cincinnati

50.0%

49.1%

13. Houston

48.9%

62.3%

14. Ravens

46.3%

49.2%

15. Denver

46.2%

55.8%

16. Dallas

42.1%

59.6%

17. San Francisco

38.1%

47.6%

 
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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