By Matt Vensel
12:50 PM EST, December 5, 2012
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens.
7.7 -- yards per attempt by opposing quarterbacks when Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs isn’t one the field.
It still hasn’t been revealed how often he will be out -- if at all -- but we know Terrell Suggs has a torn right biceps. We also know the Ravens are better with him on the field. The defense has been stingier since Suggs returned from a torn Achilles tendon a week before their Week 8 bye week. They tightened up against the run, but they have also been better against the pass. In the past five games, the Ravens have 15 sacks after averaging less than two per game before the bye. And with Suggs on the field, opposing quarterbacks are averaging 6.0 yards per attempt, per ESPN Stats and Info. They are averaging 7.7 when he is on the sideline.
zero -- sacks allowed by right guard Marshal Yanda this season.
Though the overall offensive line play has been up and down recently, Marshal Yanda, who was voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time last season, continues to be a rock at right guard. He has played 712 snaps this season without allowing a single sack, according to Football Outsiders. That makes him one of 25 offensive linemen around the league who have played at least 500 snaps in 2012 and have yet to be beaten for a sack.
18.47 -- yards per point allowed by the Ravens defense.
We often talk about Baltimore’s propensity to bend but not break when it comes to keeping opponents out of the end zone. The guys over at Cold, Hard Football Facts have tried to quantify such a thing by coming up with something called breakability rating. And really, it’s a simple, but effective stat. They take the number of yards allowed by a defense and divide by the number of points allowed, and the Ravens, who are 25th in the NFL in total yards allowed but eighth in points allowed, rank fifth in breakability with 18.47 yards allowed per point. Red-zone defense obviously plays prominently in this, as the Ravens still rank first in that category.
22.2 -- percentage of passes traveling 15 yards completed by quarterback Joe Flacco against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012.
Joe Flacco had a 68.5 passing rating against the Steelers this season and threw for just 352 yards and one touchdown in two games against them. One of the areas where he struggled most was throwing deep. Flacco completed just two of his 10 attempts that were deeper than 15 yards downfield in Sunday’s 23-20 loss, according to ESPN Stats and Info, and he completed just 22.2 percent of such throws in the two games. But Flacco isn't alone. The Steelers, who are ranked first in the NFL in pass defense, entered the game allowing completions on just 31.9 percent of throws traveling 15 yards -- the lowest percentage in the NFL.
15 -- consecutive victories for the Ravens in their games immediately following a loss.
Under coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens haven't lost back-to-back games since October 2009 (losses to the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings). That streak of 15 straight wins following a loss is the longest active streak in the NFL. Overall, Harbaugh’s teams are 18-4 following a loss since he was hired in 2008. During the streak, the Ravens outscored opponents, 441-249, and won by an average margin of 12.8 points.
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