Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens.
19 -- completions of 20 or more yards by Ravens quarterbacks through three games, which leads the league.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco ranks second in the NFL with 913 passing yards so far this season, and a lot of those yards have come in chunks. According to Ravens media relations, the Ravens have completed 19 passes of 20-plus yards (though backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor accounted for one of them in the season opener). Ravens wide receivers Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones have five apiece, and wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Deonte Thompson, running back Ray Rice, and tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson each have at least one reception of 20 or more yards. No wonder Flacco ranks fifth in the league with 8.3 yards per attempt.
With 24 interceptions against the AFC North, Reed is the active leader in interceptions against divisional opponents, according to Ravens media relations. Reed has picked on Ohio teams in particular, with 10 interceptions apiece against the Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals. He has more interception return yards (356) against the Browns than any other team -- his then-record 106-yard touchdown return in 2004 was a sizable part of that -- and his three pick-sixes are also tied for his career high (with the Bengals). Reed may pad these stats against rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, who has thrown six interceptions in his first three starts.
10 -- tackles broken by Browns running back Trent Richardson in three games this season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Richardson has averaged just 3.5 yards per carry in his first three NFL games, but the offensive line play has been subpar and that average would be even lower if he hadn’t broken so many tackles. According to Pro Football Focus, he has broken four tackles on running plays -- as many as Ray Rice -- and six others after he caught passes, including four on his highlight-reel touchdown catch-and-run against the Bengals in Week 2. The Ravens talked this week about the need to rally to the ball and wrap Richardson up because they are well aware of that damage he can do -- especially Courtney Upshaw, his college teammate at Alabama.
one -- quarterback hits allowed by guard Marshal Yanda in 2012.
This stat also comes from the fine folks at Pro Football Focus, a site that is especially helpful for finding information on offensive line performance. Yanda was invited to his first Pro Bowl in 2011, and he might be heading back to Honolulu at season’s end if he keeps playing at his current level. Yanda has yet to allow a sack, and the quarterback hit he allowed in Week 2 was the only time he allowed a pass rusher to disrupt Flacco. Plus, according to Pro Football Weekly, his two holding penalties in Week 3 were his first since 2009. Yanda isn’t the only guard who is holding up in pass protection. Ramon Harewood has allowed just one QB hit, too.
14 -- average margin of victory for John Harbaugh and the Ravens during their eight-game winning streak against the Browns.
Due to their recent dominance over the Browns, the Ravens have piled up some impressive individual and team milestones against their AFC North rival. Ray Rice has more rushing yards against the Browns than any other team, and the same applies to Reed with interception yards and Ray Lewis with sacks. But maybe the most remarkable stat has to be their point differential against the Browns under head coach John Harbaugh. Since he got the job in 2008, the Ravens have won eight straight games against the Browns, outscoring them, 203-91, in those games. The closest result over that span was a 20-14 home win on Christmas Eve last year.
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