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What are the two most important football stats? The first is one that even casual fans will get immediately. Turnovers! Everyone knows this. It makes sense. Turnovers maximize your possessions, provide superior field position for easy po...
What are the two most important football stats? The first is one that even casual fans will get immediately. Turnovers! Everyone knows this. It makes sense. Turnovers maximize your possessions, provide superior field position for easy points and change the flow of the game. Simply stated, the team that wins the turnover battle has a huge advantage. The second stat is explosive plays-- Both the ability of the offense to create them and the defense to stop them. Our very own Brian Billick invented a stat called "Toxic Differential" that combines the two. If you watch the NFL Network frequently, you may have even seen him discuss it before. For all I know, it has likely been discussed on this blog. So lets see how the Ravens are doing this year, curtesy of sportingcharts.com. 2013 Toxic Differential Leaders Team Turnover Differential Big Play Differential Toxic Differential 1 Philadelphia Eagles 2 22 24 2 Seattle Seahawks 7 13 20 3 Kansas City Chiefs 10 8 18 4 San Francisco 49ers 0 10 10 5 Green Bay Packers -2 11 9 6 Tennessee Titans 8 -1 7 7 Detroit Lions 4 2 6 8 Oakland Raiders 2 4 6 9 New Orleans Saints 6 0 6 10 New England Patriots 4 1 5 11 Carolina Panthers 0 5 5 12 Chicago Bears 4 0 4 13 New York Jets -9 12 3 14 Cleveland Browns 1 2 3 15 Indianapolis Colts 6 -3 3 16 Buffalo Bills 3 -2 1 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 1 1 18 Denver Broncos 1 0 1 19 Dallas Cowboys 3 -4 -1 20 Miami Dolphins 1 -4 -3 21 Cincinnati Bengals -2 -1 -3 22 St. Louis Rams 2 -6 -4 23 Atlanta Falcons -2 -3 -5 24 Houston Texans -8 3 -5 25 Baltimore Ravens -4 -2 -6 26 Arizona Cardinals 0 -6 -6 27 Pittsburgh Steelers -11 4 -7 28 Minnesota Vikings 2 -10 -8 29 San Diego Chargers -8 -8 -16 30 Washington Redskins 0 -19 -19 31 New York Giants -13 -10 -23 32 Jacksonville Jaguars -7 -19 -26 At -6, there's quite a bit of room for improvement. Compare this to last year... 2012 Toxic Differential Leaders Team Turnover Differential Big Play Differential Toxic Differential 1 San Francisco 49ers 9 63 72 2 Washington Redskins 17 45 62 3 Seattle Seahawks 13 40 53 4 New England Patriots 25 12 37 5 Denver Broncos -1 32 31 6 Minnesota Vikings -1 30 29 7 Carolina Panthers 1 28 29 8 Baltimore Ravens 9 19 28 9 Chicago Bears 20 0 20 10 New York Giants 14 2 16 11 Pittsburgh Steelers -10 19 9 12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 5 8 13 Houston Texans 12 -5 7 14 Green Bay Packers 7 -1 6 15 Atlanta Falcons 13 -11 2 16 Cincinnati Bengals 4 -9 -5 17 Indianapolis Colts -12 4 -8 18 San Diego Chargers 2 -11 -9 19 Mi
about 7 hours ago
In football fashion news, the Ravens announced that they will break out their alternate black uniforms this week against the Green Bay Packers. It's the first time this season the Ravens will do so. Whether the Ravens wear black or whi...
In football fashion news, the Ravens announced that they will break out their alternate black uniforms this week against the Green Bay Packers. It's the first time this season the Ravens will do so. Whether the Ravens wear black or white pants remains to be seen. Along with the black jerseys, the Ravens will have pink accompanying them as well. The Ravens, along with other NFL teams, are taking part in the league's breast cancer awareness initiative by wearing pink gloves, cleats and towels (thankfully, the officials will return to yellow flags this week.) Apparently, stats are kept when the Ravens don a certain type of attire. According to BaltimoreRavens.com, the Ravens are 10-3 when wearing their black jerseys (7-1 under John Harbaugh). When wearing the black jerseys last year, the Ravens defeated the Giants but lost to the Steelers. I'll go out on a limb and say the choice of clothing had no affect on the outcome of either game. But hey, they look pretty good, so that's cool I suppose. Follow @JasonHButt
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Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium Weather: High 68, Low 50 Line: Green Bay (-2.5) Beginning the 2013 season as the favorite to win the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers h...
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium Weather: High 68, Low 50 Line: Green Bay (-2.5) Beginning the 2013 season as the favorite to win the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers had quite possibly too high of expectations based upon them. Although they are likely the best team in the division and possibly the best team in the conference, talent-wise, but are currently a 2-2 squad after a week five win over the Detroit Lions. The offense looked a bit lethargic in the victory, posting just 22 points. Aaron Rodgers didn’t have his best game, but the former MVP has been solid thus far in 2013. Passing for 1,331 yards and nine touchdowns even without his former favorite target, Greg Jennings, has been quite impressive. Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones all have split the catches this season — all have at least 19 catches, at lease 325 yards and at least two touchdowns. The Baltimore Ravens are the defending Super Bowl champs, but you would never know this by looking at their overall body of work this season. The offense has struggled mightily, ranking in the bottom half of the league in nearly every major category, but it’s the run game in particular that has hampered this team. Ray Rice suffered an injury in the early weeks of the season and he still doesn’t look healthy, rushing for just 163 yards on 57 carries along with three touchdowns — just a 2.9 yards per carry average. Losing Jacoby Jones in week two was a huge blow to this team as the passing game with Joe Flacco has relied heavily upon Torrey Smith. Smith has caught 27 Flacco passes for 556 yards and a touchdown while the next closest receiver, Dallas Clark, has just 16 catches for 175 yards. Defensively, the Ravens were one of the best units last season. Losing many key players on that side of the ball has proved to be devastating as they rank in the middle-of-the-pack in most categories. Their run-stopping ability, however, ranks sixth in the league. Green Bay has a bit better of a run-stopping defense, ranking fifth in the league, but it also has one of the worst secondaries in the league, allowing the seventh-most yards through the air — good news for Torrey Smith. PREDICTION: Packers 31, Ravens 24 Related: Green Bay Packers Must Find A Trustworthy Return Man Baltimore Ravens Are Once Again Getting No Respect From Odds Makers Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.
about 7 hours ago
John Harbaugh's had plenty of fantastic moments on the field as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. This was not one of them. During Baltimore's 26-23 win over Miami, strong safety James Ihedigbo looked to have had an impressive in...
John Harbaugh's had plenty of fantastic moments on the field as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. This was not one of them. During Baltimore's 26-23 win over Miami, strong safety James Ihedigbo looked to have had an impressive interception along the sideline. Ryan Tannehill thought he had his receiver deep down the right sideline and lofted a pass with, perhaps, a little too much air under it. Ihedigbo covered ground and came down the pass. Replay later overturned the interception. But in that moment, Harbaugh wanted to share in Ihedigbo's excitement. By watching the four-second video below, you can see Harbaugh running over to celebrate by chest bumping his safety. Ihedigbo doesn't appear to see him. At first, it seems Harbaugh is jumping for joy. Upon closer inspection, it's clear that he was left hanging, quite literally in this instance. Poor Harbaugh. I'm sure he doesn't mind though. Here's the clip: Follow @JasonHButt
about 8 hours ago
The Ravens might be welcoming linebacker Jameel McClain back to practice in the near future. According to a report from the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, McClain will be able to practice with the Ravens "sooner than later." McClain is e...
The Ravens might be welcoming linebacker Jameel McClain back to practice in the near future. According to a report from the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, McClain will be able to practice with the Ravens "sooner than later." McClain is eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list after this week. However, he's given a three-week grace period to resume practice. McClain sustained a spinal cord contusion against the Redskins in a Week 12 loss late last season. He was initially expected to return to the playing field by training camp. However, doctors were unable to clear him because an MRI on his spinal cord was not coming back clean. McClain would provide an experienced veteran presence next to Daryl Smith at inside linebacker. That position group was a question mark entering the season but has performed well. McClain would likely assume his starting role again whenever he's good to go. Follow @JasonHButt
about 8 hours ago
Five Ravens stats that stand out The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel writes about five stats that grabbed his attention heading into the Week 6 game against the Packers. Can Ravens keep Flacco upright? Joe Flacco has been sacked 14 times ...
Five Ravens stats that stand out The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel writes about five stats that grabbed his attention heading into the Week 6 game against the Packers. Can Ravens keep Flacco upright? Joe Flacco has been sacked 14 times this year. Over the past two games he's taken 18 hits. The Ravens might want to try to remedy this, writes CSNBaltimore.com's Clifton Brown. Could Kyle Juszczyk's role on offense grow? Coach John Harbaugh wants to get rookie fullback Kyle Juszczyk more involved on offense, writes BaltimoreRavens.com's Ryan Mink. A.Q. Shipley's Sunday performance graded In case you were wondering how backup offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley graded in Baltimore's win over Miami, BaltimoreRavens.com's Garrett Downing writes about it on the team's website. Ravens need more of the 'Rice Diet' After making Ray Rice a focal point in their offense Sunday, BaltimoreRavens.com's John Eisenberg writes that this needs to continue as the season progresses. Film study: Offensive line struggled against Dolphins Russell Street Report's Ken McKusick breaks down the offensive line's game tape from Sunday's 26-23 win.
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The Green Bay Packers return to M&T Bank Stadium this Sunday for the first time in nearly eight years. The last time the Packers visited Baltimore, it was a cold Monday night in December. Kyle Boller (remember him) battered Brett Favre a...
The Green Bay Packers return to M&T Bank Stadium this Sunday for the first time in nearly eight years. The last time the Packers visited Baltimore, it was a cold Monday night in December. Kyle Boller (remember him) battered Brett Favre and backup rookie Aaron Rodgers, 48-3, setting the record for largest margin of victory on MNF. That was one of the few highlights for the Ravens in 2005 as they finished 6-10, missing the playoffs for the second straight season. Rodgers would go on to replace Favre as Green Bay’s starter in 2008, the same year Joe Flacco was drafted by the Ravens. Since then, both quarterbacks have had their share of ups and downs – mostly ups, especially with their most recent contracts. And while they do have one or two things in common over the past five years, Rodgers leads Flacco in several key categories. Compared to Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers has: - A 5.5% higher completion percentage. - Thrown for nearly 4,000 more yards. - Averaged nearly a yard more per completion. - 73 more touchdowns. - 15 fewer interceptions. - 8 fewer fumbles. - A 20-point higher passer rating. Sure, these numbers can be deceiving since they play in completely different systems, but Mr. Discount Double-Check clearly presents a bigger offensive threat than Mr. McFlacco. Having said that, my Magic 8-Ball says the Ravens will win this weekend. Why? The Ravens were VERY fortunate to draw this game on their home turf. Plus, Clay Matthews is out due to a broken thumb. We’re getting healthier by the day and should get some key players back. Eugene Monroe will likely suit up, too. But my favorite reason why I think we beat Green Bay this Sunday: The odds makers have the Ravens listed as 3.5 point underdogs…at home…where they rarely lose.  You know this gets under their skin and should be just enough motivation for a team that is finally finding its offensive mojo. The final score this Sunday should be a little closer than the Monday night blowout back in ’05, but I see the Ravens winning the rematch, 37-33. Ravens Locked and Loaded for Packers - Ebony Bird - Ebony Bird - A Baltimore Ravens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
about 10 hours ago
Pro Football Talk: No. 7 After defeating the Dolphins this past Sunday, the NBC Sports affiliate thinks the Ravens went from "pretender to contender" in one week of football. SB Nation: No. 8 The dot com folks touted the defense's abi...
Pro Football Talk: No. 7 After defeating the Dolphins this past Sunday, the NBC Sports affiliate thinks the Ravens went from "pretender to contender" in one week of football. SB Nation: No. 8 The dot com folks touted the defense's ability to pressure Ryan Tannehill as a reason why the Ravens belong in the top 10. ESPN: No. 9 ESPN trots out some stats that show that when Ray Rice gets the ball 25 times in a game, good things tend to happen. Baltimore Sun: No. 11 A week after falling out of the top 12, the Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel puts the Ravens back in at the 11th spot. FOX Sports: No. 13 Former Ravens coach Brian Billick writes that the offense needs to continue to move through Ray Rice for Baltimore to be successful. CBSSports.com: No. 15 Pat Kirwan believes the Ravens can make some serious noise if they continue to stick to the run game like they did against Miami. Follow @JasonHButt
about 22 hours ago
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports As the Baltimore Ravens entered the season, arguably the biggest concern for the offense was whether or not they could find production from within the receiving corps. After they traded Anquan Boldin in a cap...
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports As the Baltimore Ravens entered the season, arguably the biggest concern for the offense was whether or not they could find production from within the receiving corps. After they traded Anquan Boldin in a cap-saving move, the problem was exacerbated by the injury to dependable tight end Dennis Pitta, who chipped in with 61 catches last season. What was left was a mixture of unproven young talent and scrap-heap veterans. Even their most explosive and established player, Torrey Smith, was a question mark, as his ability to take over without an exceptional possession receiver like Boldin to complement his game-breaking speed was far from a sure thing. Since then, Smith has turned that question mark into an exclamation point. Smith is third in the league in receiving yards, as he has averaged well over 100 per game thus far. Smith still has work to do with his route-running and red zone credibility, two aspects that Boldin excelled in, as he has only one touchdown to go with all those yards and targets. Smith’s game should develop in both of those areas, but they may never prove to be his strengths. The player that can step into the role vacated by Boldin, and already has to some degree, is undrafted rookie Marlon Brown. As the Ravens entered the season, they practically begged young veterans Tandon Doss, Deonte Thompson and Ed Dickson to step up and earn integral roles in the offense. Instead, the standout complementary receiver has been the 6-foot-5 Brown, who has caught three of Joe Flacco‘s five touchdown passes on the year, even though he missed the last game with a gimpy hamstring. Brown is the third on the team in receiving yards, behind Smith and ageless tight end Dallas Clark. Brown has already proven to be a viable red zone threat, and as he develops and matures as a player, he could be the third-down safety blanket Flacco has missed with the departure of Boldin and the injury to starting tight end Dennis Pitta. Looking forward, the Ravens have the potential to be even better in the passing game than they were last year. Smith is in the midst of a pro bowl breakout season, Brown should be back soon and will only get better with time, and deep threat Jacoby Jones‘ return is on the horizon. Pitta is eligible to come off the injured reserve in Week 9, but it remains to be seen if he will be ready to go before the end of the season. If he is, the duo of Clark and Pitta is a better prospect than last year’s tight end platoon of Pitta and Dickson, a once-promising prospect whose habit of dropping first downs will soon run him out of town. With a five-man corps of Smith, Brown, Jones, Pitta and Clark, there is no questioning this unit’s talent. The question is whether or not they can make the biggest catches in the biggest moments, and help the Ravens defend their Super Bowl title. Alexander Diegel is a columnist for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @ItsaDiegel, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on google
about 22 hours ago
Evan Habeeb-USA Today Sports It never seems to end for the Baltimore Ravens. They’re like the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL, as they get no respect. Depending on where you look, the visiting Green Bay Packers are listed as three or...
Evan Habeeb-USA Today Sports It never seems to end for the Baltimore Ravens. They’re like the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL, as they get no respect. Depending on where you look, the visiting Green Bay Packers are listed as three or three and half point favorites against the Ravens in their upcoming Week 6 contest. The Ravens have been one of the best home teams for years now, as they’re 16-2 in their last 18 regular season home games. I figured Vegas would have learned their lesson after the road favorite Houston Texans got crushed in Baltimore 30-9 earlier in Week 3. The Ravens are 2-0 at home this year, while the Packers are 0-2 on the road. Are the Packers even that good? They’re 2-2, with both wins coming at home against a bad Washington Redskins team and the Detroit Lions with no Calvin Johnson. I’m not saying the Packers aren’t capable of winning in Baltimore, because they are. I’m saying that they don’t deserve to be a road favorite against a really good home team like the Ravens. And let us not forget that the Packers will be without their best player on defense, Clay Matthews. They also have a shaky offensive line going against one of the best pass rushes in the league. I expect Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil to get some good pressure on Aaron Rodgers. I’m not mad though — the Ravens relish the underdog role and always have. My advice to all Ravens fans going to the game on Sunday, is make sure to express your anger and frustration over this every time the Packers are on offense. We can all get those decibel levels a little higher. Dan Abeshouse is a Baltimore Ravens Writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danabeshouse82, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google Related: What Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews Being Out Means For Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens Should Try To Trade Jacoby Jones To Atlanta Falcons Read more from Dan Abeshouse here
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