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Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of Sunday's game against Jacksonville

"The great pass rushers generally have really long arms," coach John Harbaugh said when talking about Elvis Dumervil. "Combine that with his ability to leverage under a block, I would say it has been favorable for him." (BSMG)

Every week, reporter Jon Meoli will serve up five stats you should know heading into that week's Ravens game. This week's stats, prepared ahead of Sunday's visit from the Jacksonville Jaguars, touch on the big opportunities for sacks and interceptions against one of the league's worst offenses.

54.7 – The Ravens are a middle-of-the-pack red-zone offense team, scoring touchdowns on 54.7 percent of positions inside the opponent's 20-yard line. They may have to do most of their scoring from outside the red-zone Sunday, though, as Jacksonville boasts the third-best red-zone defense in the league, allowing touchdowns on 45.8 trips deep into their own territory. Luckily for the Ravens, that shouldn't be too much of a problem, as teams rarely score from inside the red-zone against Jacksonville and yet the Jaguars have allowed over 27 points per game, which ranks 29th in the league.
 
Eight – The Ravens' eight interceptions — of which just three are by defensive backs and just one is by an active defensive back — put them in a tie for 24th in the league. That number could elevate against Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, who has thrown 16 interceptions in 11 games and leads the league despite playing three fewer starts than most quarterbacks. A few interceptions against Bortles could help the Ravens boost a mediocre turnover margin of just +2.
 
4,040 – It's hard to project what quarterback Joe Flacco will do from week to week, but he's finally back on pace for his first season over 4,000 yards after Sunday's effort. And with it, Flacco is on his way to his best season yet. He's in total command of the new offense, has more weapons than ever and doesn't seem to be hit by any of the controversy swirling around the team. Hitting this statistical milestone will solidify that this is his best season, though I bet he'd prefer another ring.
 
21 – The Ravens have just 21 three-and-out drives in 137 drives this year, good for fourth-fewest in the league. They were second in the NFL with 17 before racking up four against Miami. However, it's still a huge improvement over an offense that went three-and-out 55 times last year. The Ravens' ground game is largely responsible for this, as any time you can get five yards per play, it puts a team in a good situation to move the chains and extend drives before the defense snuffs it out.

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37 – The Ravens are a respectable sixth-best in the league with 37 sacks, while Jacksonville ranks dead last with 54 sacks allowed this year. If there's an over/under on how many sacks the Ravens can rack up on Bortles, I suggest you take the over. For three hours on Sunday afternoon, outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil will have a series of races to the quarterback. It could get ugly in that phase of the game.

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