Baltimore Sun reporter Matt Vensel highlights five stats that really mean something for the Ravens this week, including the play of the Ravens cornerbacks against the Bengals, the team's stingy run defense and more.
The Ravens last Thursday couldn't cover Broncos tight end Julius Thomas. Now the Ravens are preparing to face another former college basketball player turned NFL tight end, Jordan Cameron of the Browns.
One might think it is tough to find a positive in the Ravens secondary after Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw for seven passing touchdowns Thursday night. But in his return to a real game after his second ACL injury in four years, Lardarius Webb gave the Ravens a little something to feel good about
We knew the Ravens would be in the nickel a lot against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. They probably had to use it even more than expected as the Broncos went three-wide on more than 75 percent of their plays. As a result, Jimmy Smith, Corey Graham and Lardarius Webb played significant snaps.
With a formidable pair of edge rushers in Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, nose tackle Haloti Ngata and a handful of other pass rushers, the Baltimore Ravens appear to have what it takes to harass quarterbacks. But time won't be on their side Thursday night against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Three-receiver sets were by far the most commonly used personnel grouping in the NFL last season. Even the Ravens used them on nearly half of their snaps. By putting an extra wide receiver on the field, the Ravens are able to stretch defenses and take full advantage of Flacco's strong arm. They are still trying to determine which three wideouts are their best combination, but the three-receiver sets are here to stay in Baltimore and in the NFL as a whole.