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Let's Give Some Credit to the Offense

October 18, 2018 - 2:29 pm

The Ravens defense has gotten plenty of love over the past week for their strong start to the season.  Baltimore ranks first in total defense, points against, sacks and also became the first team since the 1934 Lions to not allow a second-half touchdown through their first six games.  The unit has been dominant, but let's also acknowledge the complete 180 that the offense has done since last season.

Through the first six games of 2017, the Ravens offense scored an average of 19 points per game and were held to 9 points or fewer in two games.  In comparison, Baltimore has scored an average of 25.5 points per game and have been held under 20 points just once this season.  Much of the improved offensive output is due to the elevated play of Joe Flacco.

Last season, Flacco was dealing with a back injury that kept him out of training camp, and it affected him through the first six weeks.  Flacco completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 1,003 yards with four touchdowns and eight interceptions-- good for a 66.1 passer rating.  This year, Flacco has completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 1,788 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions-- good for an 87.1 passer rating.

Flacco's revamped receiving corps has also undoubtedly contributed to his bounce-back season.  Michael Crabtree, though much maligned for his eight drops, is tied for the team lead in catches with 30 and has 343 yards receiving with two touchdowns.  Willie Snead has been reliable out of the slot with 30 catches for 313 yards with a touchdown.

The addition of John Brown has brought back a vertical option that was lacking last season.  Brown has 424 yards receiving and is averaging 20.2 yards per reception.  Flacco has seen an increase of 1.35 yards per attempt when compared to his first six games last year. 

The Ravens number one ranked defense continues to make headlines entering Week 7, but it's fair to point out that the NFL's ninth-ranked offense has more than pulled its weight.