Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens.
seven -- total quarterback pressures allowed by the Ravens offensive line in the first two preseason games.
While run blocking remains a work in progress for the entire Ravens offensive line, that group has fared well in pass protection in the preseason. According to Pro Football Focus, the offensive line has allowed just one sack and seven total pressures in two games. (Ravens quarterbacks have actually been sacked three times, but PFF did not charge two of those sacks against the line). Either way, the offensive line is getting the job done. For comparison sake, the Ravens defense has generated 30 pressures in two games.
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one -- preseason pass beyond 10 yards thrown by Joe Flacco.
Flacco has thrown a pair of interceptions in the team's two preseason games, but he has completed 14 of his 18 attempts for 175 yards and a touchdown. But 77 of those yards came on a short pass. His lack of attempts down the field suggests that the Ravens aren't exactly opening up the offense for him in the preseason, which is understandable. According to Pro Football Focus, Flacco has thrown just one pass beyond 10 yards, and that came on his interception against the Atlanta Falcons. He averaged more than nine such attempts per game last season, including playoffs.
10 -- preseason catches by wide-outs not named Torrey Smith.
The Ravens have spent the summer trying to figure out who would fall behind Smith on the depth chart, but no one has stepped up behind him. In two preseason games, wide receivers not named Torrey Smith have caught just 10 passes for 142 yards. The three receivers who ran alongside Smith with the first-team offense at the start of training camp -- Jacoby Jones, Tandon Doss and Deonte Thompson -- have one catch apiece for 14 total yards. One bright spot has been rookie Aaron Mellette, who two catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns.
six -- defensive stops for Arthur Jones in two preseason games.
Jones, who was a part-time starter last season, has had an excellent training camp and will start for the Ravens at defensive tackle. He typically plays in running situations and has been a load to handle when teams have run his direction during the preseason. According to Pro Football Focus, Jones has six defensive stops in 56 preseason snaps. For a defensive lineman like Jones, a stop usually means that he has tackled a running back for a short gain on first or second down or brought them down short of the sticks on third down.
90.9 -- percentage of field goals made by Justin Tucker in 2012.
Tucker had one of the most accurate seasons in Ravens history in 2012, missing just three of his 33 attempts during the regular season. That single-season field-goal percentage ranked second in team history behind Matt Stover’s 2006 season, when he made 93.3 percent of his attempts. And it would have been the best percentage for a rookie in NFL history had Minnesota Vikings rookie Blair Walsh not converted 35 of his 38 attempts last year. Tucker has set the bar high for himself, so it will be interesting to see what he does for an encore.
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