Thursday, December 27, 2012
Strange to see Ravens close to this record
By Jamison Hensley
The Ravens are on the verge of setting the team record for most points scored in a season. The strange twist is that Baltimore can set a new scoring mark just three games after firing its offensive coordinator.
Of course, not all of the Ravens' points have come from the offense. Jacoby Jones has three touchdowns off returns, Ed Reed and Cary Williams have each returned an interception for a touchdown and punter Sam Koch reached the end zone off a fake field goal.
Still, when you look at Cam Cameron's time as offensive coordinator, the Ravens did score points. Of the five highest scoring seasons in franchise history, four have come with Cameron calling the plays (and quarterback Joe Flacco running them).
The 2012 Ravens are currently averaging 25.4 points, which is 10th-best in the NFL. To set the team record, the Ravens need to score 11 points at Cincinnati on Sunday. If the Ravens score 19 points, they will reach 400 points and join some exclusive company.
In the history of the four AFC North franchises, only 10 teams have ever eclipsed 400 points. The last team to do so was the 2007 Cleveland Browns.
There is a chance that two teams could reach that 400-point level this year. The Bengals can get to 400 points if they score 32 against the Ravens.
The Baltimore defense is giving up an average of 21.4 points per game, while the Bengals defense is allowing 20.2 points.