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Crunching the numbers

Despite giving up 19 points to the Buffalo Bills, the Ravens' defense moved up to No. 2 in the league (268.0 per game) behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (250.3). The defense, which ranked third against the run and 12th against the pass before Sunday's loss, improved to second against the run and seventh against the pass. Opponents are rushing for an average of just 71.9 yards per game against the Ravens. Only the Tennessee Titans are stingier on the ground (59.7).

The offense also improved slightly, moving from 19th to 17th. However, the unit is 26th in the league in yards per play (4.8) and 28th in passing net yards per play (8.7). The Ravens are 29th in the league and last in the AFC in red-zone efficiency. Their conversion rate of 30.4 percent (seven touchdowns in 23 trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line) is better than only the Philadelphia Eagles (30.0 percent), the Atlanta Falcons (27.8) and the St. Louis Rams (21.1).

Running back Willis McGahee is the second-leading rusher in the NFL with 639 yards, 31 yards behind Minnesota Vikings rookie Adrian Peterson. McGahee also ranks third in most yards from scrimmage (792 behind Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown's 991 and Peterson's 857) and is tied with Arizona Cardinals running back Edgerrin James for fifth in first downs (34).

Not only is wide receiver Derrick Mason first in the league in receptions (56), but he is also first among third-down receiving leaders with 20 catches. He is 12th in receiving yardage with 529. Free safety Ed Reed's four interceptions has him tied for second with Oakland Raiders linebacker Thomas Howard, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Henry and Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck.

Rookie return specialist Yamon Figurs is ranked fourth and fifth in the league in average kickoff return (29.9 yards) and average punt return (12.0). No Ravens defensive player is ranked in the top 50 in sacks.

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