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Filmstudy OL Crumbles at Worst Possible Time

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The Ravens ran 57 scored snaps (excludes accepted penalties resulting in no play and 2 kneels).

Stanley: Ronnie had his worst game of the season. He had an unnecessary hold of Ingram that nullified Jackson’s 19-yard run (Q3, 6:18). That stalled the Ravens drive immediately following the partially blocked punt with the score still 12-3. I charged him for 1/3 of Ingram’s sack (Q3, 12:32) when he was bulled by Bosa to compress the pocket as Ingram spun by Hurst. He gave up 2 other full pressures to Bosa by bull rush. He had 1 block in level 2, delivered 1 pancake, and missed his only pull.

Scoring: 57 plays, 47 blocks, 5 missed, ½ penetration, 2.5 pressures, 1/3 sack, 1 offensive holding, 1 false start, 30 points (.53 per play). That’s a D with adjustment. Stanley had just 2 bad games in a season plagued by injuries. Because of the first-round option they have, the Ravens are likely to sign him to a long-term deal after the 2019 season.

Hurst: James had an awful game and was pulled for Bozeman after 1 drive in the 2nd half. He allowed a full sack when beaten inside by Bosa (Q1, 4:17) and another when bulled by Justin Jones (Q3, 13:15) in addition to 2/3 of the sack shared with Stanley (see above). He allowed 1 other full pressure when bulled by Philon (Q1, 4:59). Among his 4 missed blocks, 4 were losses at the LoS, 1 was a trip on a pull, and 1 was a miss in level 2. He did not register a block in level 2, but had 3 pancakes, and made 4 of 6 pulls. I did not score any of his blocks as a highlight.

Scoring: 27 plays, 16 blocks, 6 missed, 1 pressure, ½ QH, 2.67 sacks, -3.5 points (-.13 per play). That’s an F and supplants his 2014 game against J.J. Watt (Week 16) as the worst game by a Ravens OL in the Harbaugh era. With 3 poor performances in his last 5 games, James was unable to duplicate his 2017 success at LG after starting the season well at RT. I wonder if he has continued to struggle through a lingering back injury.

Skura: Matt, like every offensive lineman, was not as effective in the rematch as he was in LA 12/22. He was bulled for full pressure charges by Justin Jackson (Q1, 13:34) and TY McGill (Q4, 7:07). He also was bulled by Isaac Rochell to compress the pocket on Nwosu’s game-sealing strip sack (Q4, 0:28, 1/3 charge). Of his 4 missed blocks, 3 were losses at the LoS and the last was a slip on a run play. He made 1 block in level 2, had 1 pancake, and made his only pull. His highlight was a combination block to set up Damion Square, then block Derwin James in L2 (Q1, 12:52) on Edwards’ 5-yard run. That 5-yard run was the longest of 14 runs by Edwards and Dixon on the day.

Scoring: 57 plays, 49 blocks, 4 missed, ½ penetration, 2 pressures, 1/3 sack, 42 points (.74 per play). That’s a D with or without adjustment.

Yanda: Marshal took a step back from his last 2 outstanding games. He was beaten outside for a pressure by Jones that flushed Jackson (Q4, 14:01). He shared a QH with Brown (Q4, 4:47) when he made a good handoff of Jones, but was too deep to impede the looping Square which compressed the pocket for Bosa’s QH.  He was bulled into Jackson by Philon (Q4, 2:41) for another full pressure on the same drive. Both of his missed blocks were losses at the LoS. He made 3 blocks in level 2, but did not have a pancake or pull attempt. His highlight was an unusual play where he got his hands on 3 defenders (Q2, 3:17). He swiped down DT Jones, knocked back NT Square for Skura, and then turned to block Adrian Phillips in level 2.

Scoring: 57 plays, 52 blocks, 2 missed, 2 pressures, ½ QH, 46.5 points (.82 per play). With adjustment, that’s a B.

Brown: Orlando suffered through his worst performance of the season. He was beaten outside by Rochell for a 10-yard sack (Q4, 7:39, 2/3 charge) on which the pocket was initially compromised by Bozeman pancaking Square at the feet of Jackson. He also got 2/3 of the charge on the Ravens last offensive play (Q4, 0:28) when OLB Nwosu beat him outside to strip Jackson. Prior to the sacks, he was beaten for a half share of 2 QHs by Bosa (QT and QT). He also allowed Bosa in the backfield on the Ravens first offensive snap to contain Jackson for a loss of 1. Among his 5 missed blocks, 4 were losses at the LoS. He led the team with 5 blocks in level 2, delivered 2 pancakes, and pulled successfully on 2 of 3 assignments.

Scoring: 57 plays, 47 blocks, 5 missed, 1 penetration, 1 (2 * ½) QH, 1.33 (2 * 2/3) sacks, 34 points (.60 per play). That’s a D after adjustment. One of the knocks from most scouts was that Brown would not have the quickness to manage NFL speed rushers, but this was the first bad game vs the outside rush in 2018.

Bozeman: Bradley relieved Hurst after 27 snaps, but did not play well himself over the last 30. He was beaten outside by Ingram for an 8-yard sack (Q4, 13:52). He also shared a sack with Brown (Q4, 7:39, see above) and a pressure with Stanley (Q4, 4:43). He had 1 block in level 2, delivered 2 pancakes, and connected on 2 of 3 pulls.

Scoring: 30 plays, 25 blocks, 2 missed, ½ pressure, 1.33 sacks, 16 points (.53 per play). That’s an F with adjustment.

Eluemunor: He entered for 1 snap at LTE in an unbalanced jumbo formation and made his only block (Q4, 14:38). As Jackson reestablished the pocket with a roll right, Jermaine found himself with no opponent. Since he was on the outside of the formation, he should have been an eligible receiver on the play (It’s not noted he reported as such in the Gamebook, but would have been an illegal formation had he not) and found himself with no opponent to block. He could have taken off as a receiver, but the Chargers were careful to contain the backside with 2 defenders in deference to a potential scramble by Jackson.

Game-by-game scoring trends are charted here.

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Known as “Filmstudy” from his handle on area message boards, Ken is a lifelong Baltimorean and rabid fan of Baltimore sports. He grew up within walking distance of Memorial Stadium and attended all but a handful of Orioles games from 1979 through 2001. He got his start in sports modeling with baseball in the mid 1980’s. He began writing about the Ravens in 2006 and maintains a library of video for every game the team has played. He’s a graduate of Syracuse with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Math who recently retired from his actuarial career to pursue his passion as a football analyst full time. If you have math or modeling questions related to sports or gambling, Ken is always interested in hearing new problems or ideas. He can be reached by email at filmstudy21@verizon.net or followed on Twitter @filmstudyravens. More from Ken McKusick


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