Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens.
You probably saw some of the dubious statistics from last Thursday’s 49-27 season-opening blowout in Denver. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning tied a NFL record with seven passing touchdowns in a single game. Three different Broncos players -- Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julian Thomas -- each had multiple touchdown catches. And the 49 points allowed by the Ravens was the most in one game in franchise history. Here’s one more: the 22-point loss was the widest margin of defeat in a season opener by the defending Super Bowl champion since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970, according to Elias Sports Bureau. So yeah, there’s that.
259 -- yards after the catch for the Broncos on Thursday night.
The sight of Broncos receivers running through the open field was a common one in the Week 1 loss. Free safety Michael Huff let Julian Thomas slip out of his grasp on one play and the tight end rumbled for a big gain. The Ravens defense also got beat for a long touchdown on a screen pass to Demaryius Thomas in the fourth quarter. Overall, the Ravens allowed 259 yards after the catch. It was more yards after the catch than any defense had allowed in a game during the previous two NFL seasons, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
210 -- consecutive passes between interceptions for Joe Flacco.
When Flacco was intercepted by cornerback Chris Harris in the first half of the loss to the Broncos, it was the first time since Week 15 of the 2012 regular season that Flacco had thrown an interception. Over that span, which includes the team’s Super Bowl run, Flacco threw 210 straight passes without being intercepted. Pretty impressive. Coincidentally, the last time that Flacco had been intercepted was when the Ravens lost to the Broncos. Who had that interception? You guessed it. It was Harris, who took it all the way to the house.
Considering that Dumervil spent the first half of his career in the AFC West, you would think he had victimized that division’s quarterbacks the most. It’s true that he has nine career sacks against the Raiders, which tied a non-division team for the most sacks he has had against a particular opponent. That other team? The Browns. In four career games against the Browns, Dumervil has racked up a ridiculous nine sacks. He had multiple sacks in three of the four games, including four back in September of 2009. Heads up, Brandon Weeden.
10 -- wins for Flacco in 10 career games against Cleveland.
The Ravens haven’t lost to the Browns since they drafted Flacco to be their quarterback in 2008. That streak currently sits at 10 games. With a 10-0 career record against the Browns, Flacco is tied for the NFL record for most wins by a starting quarterback against one team without a loss, according to Ravens media relations. He is tied with former Broncos quarterback John Elway, who was 10-0 all-time against the New England Patriots. Flacco has thrown for 2,037 yards, 12 touchdowns and just five interceptions in those 10 victories.
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