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Five stats that stand out as the Ravens prepare to face the Pittsburgh Steelers

Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel highlights five stats that really mean something for the Ravens.

12 -- total quarterback pressures over the past three games for Terrell Suggs, who has had no sacks.

After racking up nine sacks in his first eight games, Suggs has now gone three without a sack -- and has lost the team lead in sacks to Elvis Dumervil. But coach John Harbaugh was quick to point out Monday that the rush linebacker is still disrupting the quarterback. The numbers back that up. In his first eight games, Suggs generated 32 total quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus, which was an average of exactly four pressures per game. Over the past three games, he has no sacks, but he is still averaging exactly four pressures per game. In Sunday’s 19-3 win over the New York Jets, Suggs was tied with Dumervil for the team lead with six total pressures as he had two quarterback hits and four hurries.

50.5 -- average receiving yards per game for Torrey Smith over his past six games.

Smith got off to a fast start this season with 27 catches for 556 yards in his first five games and at one point led the league in receiving yards. Since then, though, he has been nowhere near as productive. Since Week 6, he has just 21 catches for 303 yards. That’s an average of 3.5 catches for 50.5 yards per game after he had averaged 5.4 catches for 111.2 yards in his first five games. Smith is also being targeted less. He was targeted at least nine times in four of his first five games. That has happened just once since, and he was targeted a season-low four times Sunday.

zero -- missed tackles forced by Ray Rice on Sunday.

After churning out a season-high 41 yards after contact in the Week 11 loss to the Chicago Bears, Rice did not force a missed tackle as a runner against the Jets, according to Pro Football Focus. It was the fourth time this season that the running back did not force a missed tackle as a runner and he has forced just six this season. Meanwhile, backup Bernard Pierce forced two missed tackles as a runner against the Jets and has forced 16 total on 42 fewer carries. Neither has been all that elusive, though.

13.8 -- Joe Flacco’s yards per attempt when Rex Ryan and the Jets defense did not blitz him Sunday.

The Ravens quarterback has struggled against standard pressure this season, but in Sunday’s win, he put up impressive numbers when the Jets did not blitz. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Flacco was 14-for-18 for 249 yards and a touchdown when they rushed four or fewer and he averaged 13.8 yards per attempt. In his previous 10 games, Flacco had completed just 61.8 percent of his throws when facing standard pressure with 10 interceptions and just six touchdown passes. He averaged 7.1 yards per attempt on those plays.

39 -- three-and-outs forced by the Ravens this season.

The Ravens defense was on the field for 13 possessions Sunday, but they usually didn’t stay on the field for long. The Ravens forced eight three-and-outs, which included a Jets fumble on third down in the first quarter. The Jets converted on third down just once and had the ball for just under 26 minutes. All those three-and-outs continued a trend for the Ravens, who have forced 39 such drives this season. Only the Cincinnati Bengals (42) and Oakland Raiders (41) have forced more three-and-outs.

Bloggers note: Have a stat you want to share? E-mail matt.vensel@baltsun.com or tweet at me at @mattvensel. If I use it, I’ll be sure to give you a nice plug on the blog.

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