I was looking at some stats this morning and noticed some interesting and disturbing things, then I looked at the Ravens stats and found out we have a lot in common with the Baltimore Ravens.
I recently took some criticism for focusing on preseason events. So these stats are from the regular season.
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS
FIRST DOWNS (RUSHING-PASSING-BY-PENALTY)
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS
I think much of that comes from Newton’s running ability.
FOURTH DOWN CONVERSIONS
TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS
OFFENSE (PLAYS-AVERAGE YARDS)
TOTAL RUSHING YARDS
Most of their rushing yards are from Ray Rice.
RUSHING (PLAYS-AVERAGE YARDS)
Is our defense better than the Ravens?
We didn’t trust our kicker(s). Going in depth, we attempted fewer field goals as a team at every distance. Especially after 40 yards.
Interesting that their quarterback is worth $100Mil and ours is constantly criticized.
TIME OF POSSESSION
As much as we heard about the Ravens secondary, they only have two more interceptions. Maybe our secondary isn’t as bad as we think.
Upon further review, Kuechly (2) Beason (1), and Davis (1) had 4 of the 11.
The QB’s are almost like twin brothers with stats that are very similar in most categories TD, INT, Comp%, Sacks, QBR. The big difference is in number of Completions, with Newton having 280, and Flacco having (317) 37 additional completions, but still having fewer yards passing than Newton. In addition, Newton is damn near our leading rusher for the last 2 years.
Also interesting, despite throwing shorter throws, and running more plays, he got sacked almost as much as the more athletic Newton.
Interesting Note about Kick Returns
Sione Fua a fan favorite has a 9 yard average.
Luke Kuechly led the league/team in tackles with 164, but had only 1 sack. I think that may be the only sack we had by a linebacker all year. I assume this has to do with them helping out our secondary.
We had 1084 tackles on defense, our opponents defense 975 tackles seems to be getting more rest than ours.
It seems with all of the running backs we have and our success in the running game as a team, that it would be helpful, to run a no-huddle offense, that we just sending in fresh running backs for. Almost all of our running backs are averaging 10 yards a catch; with the addition of Barner this year, I would think we could turn that into something really dangerous if our receivers are still avg.
I have yet to peruse their messageboards and see what they are saying about us. Or if they even care about us for that matter.