Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 11/8/12
Last week: 13 (-1) Record: 6-2 They may be 6-2, but dating back to week 1, this team has not won a single game by 10 or more and only one was decided by more than a touchdown, last week at Cleveland, a game in which the lowly Browns actually scored more frequently than the Ravens, but frequently imploded in field goal range and had to settle for 5 field goals. On that stretch, they’ve had two less than stellar performances against the Browns, a 3 point road win against the lowly Chiefs, a near home loss to the Cowboys, and a blowout loss in Houston. This team hasn’t done anything remotely impressive since a 31-30 home win against the Patriots week 3. Now they have a much tougher schedule as they play the surging Steelers 2 times in 4 weeks after an easier performance this week against Oakland. They also have to play Denver and the New York Giants and got to San Diego, a team that always surges late and one who crushed them in a similar situation last season. Their defense has been destroyed by injuries and ranks 26th in yards per game allowed, while the offense ranks just 19th, producing more than 40 yards per game less than their defense allows and because of Joe Flacco’s inconsistencies, they remain a unit that cannot be relied on weekly to win the game for them if the defense isn’t playing well. They rank just 9th in yards per play differential and 19th in rate of sustaining drives differential. Every year one team goes from a first round bye to out of the playoffs. This team looks like the favorite right now. Studs QB Joe Flacco: 15 of 24 for 153 yards and a touchdown, 1 throw away, 2 drops, 102.5 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 4 of 25 drop backs (1 sack, 2 of 3, 1 throw away) LG Bobbie Williams: Did not allow a pressure on 26 pass block snaps, run blocked for 28 yards on 5 attempts WR Anquan Boldin: Caught 5 passes for 57 yards on 5 attempts on 23 pass snaps, 1.4 YAC per catch FS Ed Reed: Allowed 1 catch for 3 yards on 2 attempts, 1 interception, 2 pass deflections, 4 solo tackles, 2 assists, 2 stops, 1 missed tackle MLB Dannell Ellerbe: 5 solo tackles, 1 assist, 5 stops, 1 missed tackle, 1 sack, 2 quarterback hits, and 2 quarterback hurries on 7 blitzes, 1 penalty, didn’t allow a completion on 2 attempts MLB Jameel McClain: 4 solo tackles, 5 assists, 2 stops, 1 penalty, allowed 1 catch for 11 yards on 4 attempts Duds WR Torrey Smith: Caught 4 passes for 46 yards and a touchdown on 9 attempts on 25 pass snaps, 5.8 YAC per catch, 2 drops CB Jimmy Smith: Allowed 4 catches for 37 yards on 5 attempts, 1 penalty, 7 solo tackles, 2 stops, 2 missed tackles LOLB Courtney Upshaw: Didn’t record a pressure on 29 pass rush snaps, 2 solo tackles, 2 stops, 1 missed tackle RE Haloti Ngata: 2 quarterback hurries on 36 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle
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