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 playoff-type showdown with the Miami Dolphins, touch on some rate stats at which the Ravens excel, and how they might impact one of the biggest games of the season.
57.1 – The Ravens are tied for seventh in the NFL with a 57.1 percent conversion rate on fourth down (eight of 14), while Miami is at the bottom of that category at 33.3 percent. Only the Chicago Bears, who have attempted 17 fourth-down conversions, have tried more than the Ravens, and only the Oakland Raiders, who are nine of 12 in that category and lead the league, have had more success. So consider it an aberration that the Ravens didn't attempt any Sunday against the Chargers, and expect them to be a little more risky in Miami. They're good enough to do it.
15 – Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been sacked just 15 times this year, tied for second-fewest of any NFL quarterback behind Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, and alongside Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals. Ten of those sacks, however, came on the road, with a majority in the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers losses. It's not exactly a frenzied crowd in Miami like it is in those places, but Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon have a combined 15 sacks between them this year and will put pressure on the Ravens.
Eight – With three straight games without an interception under his belt, Flacco has thrown just eight interceptions through 12 games, tied for his lowest amount of interceptions through a dozen games in his career. Flacco threw eight interceptions in that span in 2010, 2011, and 2012, with the only real aberration being his 14 at this point last year. Either way, Flacco has been much better than a year ago, and is on pace for 3,978 yards — just shy of his first career 4,000-yard season.
5.93 – The Ravens rank fifth in the NFL with 5.93 yards per first-down play, putting the offense in good positions for later downs. That will go up against a Miami defense that allows a league-low 4.55 yards per first-down play. Whether the Ravens can get chunks of yards running the ball on first down will be a big factor in Sunday's game, as second- and third-and-long situations might benefit Miami's pass defense, which is ranked second in the league and allows under 200 yards per game. In what should be a tight game, that's a big factor to watch Sunday.
66.7 – The Ravens have allowed two-thirds of passes attempted against them to be completed this year, the fourth-worst percentage allowed in the NFL. That's probably appetizing for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has completed more than 70 percent of his passes in the last five games, and seven of 12 games overall this year. The only other two quarterbacks to do so seven times this year are New Orleans' Drew Brees and San Diego's Philip Rivers, who both achieved that in the last two weeks. Tannehill is looking to become the fifth quarterback to go higher than the 70 percent completion mark against the Ravens.