By Matt Vensel
The Baltimore Sun
12:01 PM EDT, October 31, 2012
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens.
4.68 -- adjusted line yards for the Baltimore offensive line, which ranks 2nd in the NFL, per Football Outsiders.
One of the finest of the unique statistics that the guys over at Football Outsiders crunch is adjusted line yards, which attempts to gauge the role that an offensive line plays in rushing output. You can find a more detailed description of the statistic here, but just know that it is a pretty good indication of how well the line is run blocking. Through Week 7, the Ravens ranked second in adjusted line yards at 4.68 (the San Francisco 49ers led the way with an impressive 5.22). Playing a large role in that is the offensive line only allowing Ravens running backs to get “stuffed” for a loss or no gain on 12 percent of running plays, second in the NFL.
86 -- percentage of short-yardage plays in which opponents have had success running the ball against the Ravens, based on Football Outsiders’ power success rate.
By most measures, from rushing yards per game to total rushing touchdowns allowed, the Ravens are among the NFL’s worst teams at stopping the run, though their average yards per attempt allowed is a respectable 4.0. But of all the stats out there, the one that best shows how much the Ravens are getting out-muscled may be Football Outsiders’ power success rate, which is the percentage of runs on third or fourth down with 2 yards or less to go that the opponents got a first down or touchdown. It also includes runs on first and second down inside the Baltimore 2-yard line. The Ravens ranked dead last in that category through Week 7, allowing opponents to convert 86 percent of the time.
31 -- broken tackles by Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson in eight games, according to Pro Football Focus.
Richardson, the third overall pick in April's draft, rushed for 122 yards in last weekend's 7-6 win over the San Diego Chargers, which made him just the third Browns rookie since 1983 to rush for 100 yards twice by the end of October, according to Elias Sports Bureau. In the win, Richardson danced around or shrugged off eight tackles, including three on his 26-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. On the season, Richardson has made defenders miss 18 times while rushing the ball. That total is 7th in the NFL and 10 behind the league leaders, Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch. But no back has made defenders miss more after the catch than Richardson, who has broken 13 catches as a receiver.
6.79 -- passing yards allowed by the Baltimore defense per dropback, according to Cold, Hard Football Facts.
The Ravens defense has struggled against the pass, too, allowing 257.1 passing yards per game, which ranks 24th in the NFL. According to an interesting statistic from Cold, Hard Football Facts, that ranking is reflective of where they stand on a pass-by-pass basis. CHFF crunches a number called real passing yards per attempt, which takes net passing totals -- minus yards from sacks -- and divides it by the total number of dropbacks. Essentially, it rewards defenses for sacking the quarterback, which the Ravens have done just 12 times in 2012. The Ravens have allowed 6.79 net passing yards per dropback, which ranks 25th in this CHFF stat.
57.1 -- Baltimore’s touchdown scoring percentage in the red zone.
A storyline through the 2011 season was the offense’s struggles to score seven points inside the red zone. The Ravens almost always came away with points and quarterback Joe Flacco turned the ball over just once, but they only scored touchdowns on 51 percent of their red-zone trips, which ranked 17th in the NFL. This season, they have shown improvement, scoring touchdowns on 57.1 percent of their red-zone possessions, which is tied for 10th in the NFL. That may seem like a marginal improvement, but it’s a significant one, as the past eight Super Bowl champions scored touchdowns on at least 54 percent of their red-zone possessions.
Bloggers note: Have a nifty stat you want to share? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on Twitter at @mattvensel. If I end up using it, I’ll be sure to give you a nice plug on the blog.
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