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Stats That Stood Out in the Ravens' Week 8 Loss

October 30, 2018 - 11:54 am
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By Joe Schiller

 

4.9: Joe Flacco’s average yards per completion

The Ravens made a concerted effort to improve their passing game this season. Through seven weeks, that looked apparent but on Sunday, the passing attack reverted back to its old ways against the Panthers. Joe Flacco finished 22-of-39 for 192 yards and his average yards per completion was the worst it’s been this season - by a considerable margin.

Per NFL’s Next Gen Stats, Flacco completed just four passes further than 10 yards. He also added two poor interceptions. The first could have been easily thrown away but was forced and the other was a poor throw combined with a fantastic defensive play.

It was a frustrating performance for Flacco after a strong start to the season and these kinds of games have made many cringe given the struggles that this unit has endured in recent years.


 

35 - Brandon Williams’ snap count

In March of 2017, the Ravens made Brandon Williams one of the highest paid interior defensive lineman in football, signing him to a 5-year, $52 million contract. The move kept the former third-round pick in Baltimore and put the Ravens in a long-term financial commitment.

On Sunday, Williams was out-snapped by Chris Wormley and Michael Pierce. Williams played in 54% of the defensive snaps - finishing with four total tackles (one solo). It may be a rash overreaction, but that’s concerning to see one of the defensive stars losing playing time to his younger teammates.

The Ravens restructured Williams’ contract this offseason and he’s owed at least $14 million the following three seasons.

 

49- Alex Collins’ total yards

Alex Collins was one of the NFL’s breakout stars last season, totaling 972 rushing yards and six touchdowns with the Ravens after being cut from the Seattle Seahawks. He was tabbed as the team’s starting running back heading into the season but has failed to produce the same results.

Collins has found the end zone five times but has failed to total a 100-yard game, let alone 70 yards. His average yards per carry is 3.7 - compared to 4.6 from one year ago. An inconsistent offensive line hasn’t helped but a stale running game has hurt a Ravens team that’s at their best when producing a balanced attack.

0- Sacks and takeaways

The Ravens’ pass rush was at a peak just two weeks ago, when the unit totaled a franchise-record 11 sacks against the Tennessee Titans, pummeling Marcus Mariota in the pocket.

Since then, they’ve totaled just one sack and none against Cam Newton on Sunday. Not to mention, the defense that led the NFL with 34 takeaways last season has just seven this season with a -4 differential.

That along with giving up 50 points over the last four quarters is concerning.