In the words of Hank Stram, the offense efficiently matriculated its way down the field consistently with 12 of 17 3rd down conversions that must have been very frustrating to any Tennessee fan.
In particular, the conversions on the first drive were demoralizing and tiring:
— (Q1, 8:47) Flacco threw a swing pass to Allen who caught it 6 yards behind the LoS and added 17 YAC to convert 3rd and 10.
— (Q1, 6:51) The Ravens lined up 3rd and 1 having converted all 5 QB sneaks on the season, but the Titans did not even cover the right A or B gaps, effectively conceding the first down.
— (Q1, 5:07) Flacco again threw short of the marker on an outlet to Allen for a gain of 6 (0 + 6 YAC) to convert 3rd and 5.
— (Q1, 3:10) Flacco threw incomplete to Allen by the left sideline, but LB Jayon Brown had already held Andrews in the middle of the field to give the Ravens a fresh set of downs. It appeared Andrews could have gained 15+ yards had Flacco found him after Brown slipped while holding.
— (Q1, 1:32) On 3rd and goal from the 4, Flacco threw to Crabtree by the pylon for the touchdown.
There’s nothing like 5 conversions on 3rd down during a single drive to lift the offense, tire the defense, and get Titans fans screaming at their TV sets.
Ample Time and Space
Flacco had ATS on 19 of 37 pass plays (51%).
Summarizing his results with and without ATS:
His results with ATS were both in line with his historic levels. That’s a good result given the conditions. Summarizing relative to expectation:
Offensive Line Scoring
The Ravens ran 71 scored snaps (excludes accepted penalties which resulted in no play and 1 kneel). The line did not allow a sack and Flacco was knocked down just once in 37 drop backs which led to some high scores.
Stanley: Ronnie missed more blocks than in any previous game this season. He surrendered a pressure by bull rush to Correa (Q1, 2:59) and 2 full pressures to Orakpo on bulls (Q1, 1:32 and Q4, 6:26). None of his missed blocks were pass blocking failures. He failed to find a block in level 2 on 4 occasions, twice was tripped up on a pull, twice whiffed on DT DaQuan Jones on a run play, and once whiffed in level 2. That’s an innocuous set of missed blocks, but nonetheless plays where he did not make a positive contribution. He had 2 blocks in level 2 and connected on 2 of 4 pulls. He did not have a pancake or highlight.
Scoring: 71 plays, 58 blocks, 9 missed, 3.5 pressures, 51 points (.72 per play). That’s a C, even after adjustment.
Lewis: The injury was scary, but Alex had been playing well up to that point. His only full pass rush charge was a pressure when he was unable to handle the stunting Orakpo (Q2, 1:04). He missed 3 pulls, including an upending from LB Jayon Brown (Q1, 3:51) who slid underneath him to make the tackle. He did not have a pancake, but made 2 blocks in level 2 and 7 of 10 pulls as the Ravens continue to run power primarily to the right. His highlight was a combination on Austin Johnson, then Brown in level 2 (Q1, 8:09).
Scoring: 57 plays, 51 blocks, 4 missed, 1/2 penetration, 1 pressure, 1 false start, 45 points (.79 per play). After an adjustment, that’s his second consecutive B at guard. If Lewis is unable to play versus the Saints, I expect we’ll see Bozeman again at LG and Hurst remaining at RT after both played well at Tennessee.
Skura: Matt registered his second consecutive failing grade which included 4 pressures and 2 holding flags. Among the 4 pressures is a relatively tough charge for allowing Austin Johnson to get his hands up for a PD (Q1, 3:03), but he also was bulled by DT Jones (Q1, 1:37), bulled by the stunting DT Jurrell Casey (Q2, 14:07), and failed to pick up the blitzing LB Brown (Q4, 14:32). Both of his holding flags were cases where he was beaten by DT Jones (Q3, 14:12 and Q4, 8:42). He made 3 blocks in level 2 and had 1 pancake. He was not asked to pull. His highlight was a combination block on Flacco’s 3-yard QB sneak (Q1, 6:51) where he teed up Casey for Lewis, then blocked LB Rashaan Evans in L2.
Scoring: 71 plays, 63 blocks, 4 missed, 4 pressures, 2 offensive holding, 43 points (.61 per play). That’s remains an F after adjustment at center (.06 short of a D-). In the absence of the tough PD charge, he would still have been .02 short of passing. This was the first time in 6 games where Matt had a bad game in a Ravens win. After consecutive poor games for Skura, the Ravens may again be evaluating options at center, but it’s less clear who would be the first up.
Yanda: Marshal continues to make the vast majority of his assigned blocks. He did not surrender a pass blocking event and had just 1 shared penetration (Q2, 3:23) where he failed to contribute t a block on DT Jones as Skura appeared to pass him off to no one. He had 6 missed blocks, including 2 missed pulls, 3 slips, and a missed block in level 2, but didn’t have a case where he was in the process of being beaten while pass blocking. He made 2 blocks in level 2 and delivered 1 pancake. He had his second consecutive poor game as a puller with just 1 point of 5 assignments. I scored him for 3 highlights, each of which deserves review:
— (Q1, 8:09) He drove Casey 7 yards into L2 on Collins’ run left.
— (Q1, 2:59) He pinned DT Jones for Skura then turned to crush Harold Landry, who was bulling Hurst on the 27-yard pass to Crabtree.
— (Q3, 8:30) He had a rare double pancake when he cut down DT Johnson and tripped up LB Correa in the process on Jackson’s 22-yard run right.
Scoring: 71 plays, 64 blocks, 6 missed, ½ penetration, 63 points (.89 per play). That’s an A with adjustment. Another day at the office.
Hurst: James had the best game of his 5-year career. He surrendered 2 pressures by bull rush to Jayon Brown (Q2, 12:49) and Brian Orakpo (Q2, 5:55). Those were his only negative events. He missed 3 blocks, all on run plays where the Ravens gained 4, 22, and 11 yards respectively. He made 5 blocks in level 2 and had 3 highlights, all of which were combination blocks (Q1, 5:37 and Q2, 12:02 and Q4, 1:18). The second of those sprung Collins for his 13-yard TD run and the last sealed the shutout by leading Edwards’ successful conversion on 4th and 5.
Scoring: 71 plays, 66 blocks, 3 missed, 2 pressures, 62 points (.87 per play). That’s an A after adjustment. He had 3 A’s in 2017 at guard and one at tackle in 2015 (Cleveland, 11/30), but this was his best adjusted score (.94). I saw it mentioned more than once that Hurst had played some LG in this game, but he played every snap at RT.
Bozeman: Bradley replaced Lewis at LG and made 13 of 14 blocks. He converted both of his pulls, but did not have a block in level 2, pancake, or highlight.
Brown: Orlando was used as a 6th lineman on 5 occasions and made 3 of 5 blocks. He was always used on the right side and always on the outside with Hurst tucked.
Game-by-game scoring is charted here.