Thursday, December 6, 2012
Where they rank on offense, defense
By Jamison Hensley
The lack of carries for Ray Rice has been a season-long problem for Baltimore. It shows up in the production.
The Ravens currently have the 23rd-ranked ground game in the league, which is not typical for Baltimore. The Ravens' rushing attack has ranked in the top half of the NFL for the previous five seasons.
Last year, the Ravens were the 10th-best rushing team in the NFL. Their rushing yards per game have dropped from 124.8 in 2011 to 102.4 this year -- a difference of 22 yards per game.
This ground game is close to becoming one of the worst in franchise history. The lowest the Ravens have ever ranked in rushing was 25th (2006). It's hard to believe the Ravens could rank this low considering they have Pro Bowl players at running back (Rice) and fullback (Vonta Leach).
Here's a look at the NFL rankings after 13 weeks:
Offense: Overall (15th), run (13th), pass (13th) and scoring (10th).
Defense: Overall (8th), run (11th), pass (11th) and scoring (14th-tied).
Offense: Overall (27th), run (25th), pass (20th) and scoring (25th).
Defense: Overall (23rd), run (16th), pass (24th) and scoring (16th).
Offense: Overall (19th), run (23rd), pass (15th) and scoring (9th).
Defense: Overall (25th), run (23rd), pass (23rd) and scoring (8th).
Offense: Overall (20th), run (24th), pass (14th) and scoring (20th).
Defense: Overall (1st), run (5th), pass (1st) and scoring (6th).