Offensive Line Scoring & Notes vs. Raiders
The Ravens offensive scheme and results had a few notable anomalies in their win over the Raiders Sunday. To summarize:
— The Ravens twice used a 6-man line with Luke Bowanko lined up at RTE.
— One of those was an unbalanced formation with Howard moved to the left side between Stanley and Hurst.
— For Allen’s TD run (Q2, 12:03), Howard played LT and Stanley RT in a simple exchange of positions I’ve never seen for a single play.
— Vince Mayle scored on his first offensive snap of the day and fourth of the season (Q1, 12:51). He went on to amass 9 snaps.
— Mike Wallace averaged 44.3 YPR. All other Ravens receivers averaged 5.6 YPR.
— The Ravens used 2 or 3 TEs on 31 of 62 competitive snaps as defined by position at the snap, not roster position.
Offensive Line Scoring
The Ravens ran 62 scored snaps versus the Raiders (excludes accepted penalties which result in no play, kneels, spikes, and special teams plays that result in a run or pass).
Stanley: Ronnie had his best game of the season and his play comes as an enormous relief after he was assisted off the field on the Ravens’ last offensive snap versus the Steelers. He surrendered a pressure to Irvin on a bull rush (Q4, 13:17). That was his only negative event. He had 2 blocks in level 2, delivered 2 pancakes, and his highlight was a pancake of Lee in level 2 on the Ravens’ 2nd offensive play (Q1, 14:46).
Scoring: 62 plays, 60 blocks, 1 missed, 1 pressures, 58 points (.94 per play). That’s an A with or without adjustment.
Hurst: For the 2nd straight week, James had his best effort of the season. He was bulled by Edwards for a pressure on which Flacco was tripped, stumbled, and eventually resulted in a QH by Autry (Q1, 1:28, full charge). I charged him with 1/3 of another QH on a botched stunt exchange with Jensen (Q3, 2:21). He was also bulled by Edwards for a pressure (Q2, 1:16). Those were all of his negative events, but he made 7 blocks in level 2, had 3 pancakes, converted 11 of 12 pulls, and had 4 highlights worthy of individual review:
— (Q1, 5:07): Pushed James 7-10 yards in L2
— (Q3, 0:58): Spun to drive Irvin past pocket on stunt pickup
— (Q3, 0:35): Pinned Edwards then combed to Adams in L2
— (Q4, 6:27): Drove Morrow several yards in L2
Scoring: 62 plays, 58 blocks, 1 missed, 1 pressure, 1.33 QHs, 52 points (.84 per play). After a healthy .08 adjustment for a highlight-laden game, that’s an A.
Jensen: Ryan virtually duplicated his career-best game against the Jags with his 2nd outstanding game in 3 weeks. Charged him with 2/3 of the stunt QH by Edwards. Hurst was a little slow helping Ryan, but Ryan gave ground in the pocket, making the handoff of Autry impossible and giving Edwards the free run for the QH. He had 9 blocks in level 2, administered 3 pancakes, and had 4 highlights:
— (Q1, 2:12): Pancaked Lee and gave him a forearm on the ground for good measure
— (Q2, 8:46): Pinned Ellis then combed to James in L2
— (Q4, 8:50): Pushed Adams 6 yards in L2
— (Q4, 3:32): Pushed Adams 10+ yards in L2
He is playing with an extremely nasty streak that had a Raiders defender angry at him at the end of several plays as he blocks to the echo of the whistle. One particular play that caught my eye (Q4, 5:43) showed him blocking Edwards in the midsection as the Raiders DT took several swings to the chin of Jensen. The play went unflagged.
Scoring: 62 plays, 58 blocks, 3 missed, 2/3 QH, 56 points (.90 per play). After adjustment, that’s an A.
Skura/Eluemunor: Matt Skura played well before leaving with an MCL strain after 37 snaps. For the third consecutive game, Jermaine Eluemunor split snaps at RG, playing the last 25. Skura’s only negative event was a penetration when beaten inside by Edwards who took down Allen for a loss of 1. He made 1 block in level 2, had 2 pancakes, and converted 2 of 3 pulls. His highlight was a combination block on Ellis, then James in level 2 (Q2, 8:10). Eluemunor was shed by Latham for a pressure, but made both of his pulls. He did not have a highlight, pancake, or block in level 2.
Scoring for Skura: 37 plays, 32 blocks, 4 missed, 1 penetration, 30 points (.81 per play). With adjustment, that’s a B at guard.
Scoring for Eluemunor: 25 plays, 10 blocks, 4 missed, 1 pressure, 18 points (.72 per play). After adjustment, that’s a D+ at guard. The combined grade is a C
Howard: Austin rebounded from consecutive bad games to record his best game of the season. Per PFF, Mack had not had a game where he failed to record a pressure event of any sort since the 2014 finale. Of his 6 misses, 2 were cases where he gave significant ground to Mack when the ball was out quickly. He had 3 cases where he could not make a block on the back side of a run play, which is usually less indicative of being beat. He made 4 blocks in level 2, including a vicious pancake of Morrow (Q2, 8:46), which was his highlight. Like Willie Anderson circa 2008, Howard makes up for a lack of foot speed with careful technical play. An example came on a non block (Q1, 2:12). Boyle appeared to hold Mack as Collins burst through the right B gap and Austin had a chance to flatten the Raiders star. However, rather than risk contact that might have been flagged for a block in the back, he held up and let Mack go.
Scoring: 62 plays, 56 blocks, 6 missed, 56 points (.90 per play). That’s an A.
Bowanko: Luke lined up at RTE in a 6-man line on 2 occasions and made 1 of 2 blocks.
Since the beginning of the 2008 season, I have scored the offensive line for all 163 games and this was the single best set of grades for the starters.
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