Things You Should Know About the Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have been among the league’s better teams in the last decade, but they have not often crossed the radar screen of the Chiefs. In the last six seasons, these teams have played each other twice.

So here are a few tidbits of information on the Ravens and what they’ve gotten done in the last few years, especially under the direction of head coach John Harbaugh.

Defense

  • Since 2000, the Baltimore defense has been the league’s best across the board. They are No. 2 in yards allowed at 287.5 (Pittsburgh at No. 1), No. 1 in fewest points allowed, an average of 17 per game, No.2 in rushing yards allowed at 89.4 yards (Pittsburgh at No. 1), No.1 in takeaways with 365, interceptions with 232 and INTs returned for TDs at 30.
  • This is the third year in a row that the Ravens finished third in the NFL in fewest points allowed. This year they allowed 270 points, last year it was 261 points and in 2008, they gave up 244 points.
  • The Ravens are sending four defensive players to the Pro Bowl this season. Since they moved from Cleveland for the 1996 season, they’ve had 41 slots in the all-star game that went to 12 defensive players. That included 22 trips for five different linebackers, 13 slots for four defensive backs and six trips for three linemen.
  • For five consecutive seasons the Baltimore defense has ranked in the NFL’s top five units against the run. This year they’ve allowed 93.9 yards per game.

  • In 15 straight seasons, the Ravens defense has held opponents to less than 4 yards per carry. This year, it was 3.9 yards per rush.
  • After a turnover by the Baltimore offense, the defense gave up just one TD and 28 points in all; that ranked third in the league, behind New England (24) and the Chiefs (27).
  • In 13 post-season games starting in 2000, the Ravens defense allowed the fewest average yards per game at 252.5, the second fewest passing yards at 171.8 and the third fewest rushing yards, allowing 80.7 yards. They are also first in fewest points allowed per game in the playoffs at 12.6 points.
  • In the post-season, the Ravens have never allowed an opposing runner 100 yards or more.
  • This season, Baltimore’s defense has allowed three 100-yard rushers, topped by Cleveland’s Peyton Hillis with 144 yards, Carolina’s Mike Goodson at 120 yards and Houston’s Arian Foster with 100 yards. The Ravens won all three of those games.

Offense

  • QB Joe Flacco is only the third starting QB since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to make the playoffs in his first three seasons in the league. The others were Bernie Kosar and Dan Marino.
  • Last season, on the first offensive play of the game, RB Ray Rice went 83 yards for a touchdown. That’s the second longest run in NFL post-season history.
  • The Ravens offense has had four drives of 90+ yards this season. That’s tied for fourth in the league.
  • In the last three seasons, the Ravens have turned over the ball 63 times, the third fewest total in the league behind New England (53) and Green bay (59).
  • Only the N.Y. Giants (14) and San Diego (12) had more big-play touchdowns (20-plus yards) than the Ravens with 11.
  • In the last three seasons including playoffs only Colts QB Peyton Manning has won more games as a starting quarterback than Baltimore’s Joe Flacco. Manning has 38, while Flacco is No. 2, tied with Drew Brees with 35.
  • In the last two seasons only Tennessee’s Chris Johnson has put up more rushing-receiving yards than Ray Rice. Johnson averaged 128.7 per game, while Rice is at 119.3 per game.
  • TE Todd Heap ranks No. 5 in career receptions for the position among active players. He has 467 catches for 5,492 yards. The only active TEs with more catches are Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates and Jeremy Shockey.

Team

  • The Ravens join Indianapolis and Philadelphia as the only teams to make the playoffs for three straight seasons.
  • Since 2000, the Ravens have played nine games on the road in the playoffs. Their record is 6-3.
  • In the last 11 seasons, Baltimore has made the playoffs seven times. Only Indianapolis (10), Philadelphia (9) and New England (8) have been there more.
  • John Harbaugh made the playoffs for three straight seasons, just the fourth head coach to achieve that feat, joining Bill Cowher, Dennis Greene and Barry Switzer.
  • In 13 post-season games, the Ravens are plus-11 in the turnover ratio. When finishing positive in turnovers, Baltimore was 8-1.
  • The Ravens have won six straight games against AFC West teams.

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