Stats & Info: Lardarius Webb

Ravens not used to playing without Lewis

October, 15, 2012

AP Photo/Nick WassRay Lewis who has played in 228 games with the Ravens will miss the rest of this season with a torn triceps injury.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with a torn triceps injury suffered during Sunday’s 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Lewis has played in 228 regular-season games in 17 seasons for the Ravens. That’s the most in franchise history. It's the first time since 2005 that Lewis will have played in just six games in a season.

Lewis is currently fourth in the NFL with 57 tackles this season, 14 more than any other Ravens player. Lewis has led the Ravens in tackles by himself in each of the last 5 seasons (2007-11).

Lewis has been selected to 12 Pro Bowls. That is tied for the fourth most in league history and tied with Tony Gonzalez for the most among active players. Lewis is tied with Junior Seau for the most Pro Bowl selections ever by a linebacker.

Lewis was drafted by the Ravens with the 26th overall pick in 1996, the team’s first year in Baltimore. Tony Gonzalez, Ronde Barber and London Fletcher are the only active position players to appear in more games than Lewis' 228.

Including the playoffs, Lewis has started 244 career games, the most among active players. Lewis is the only active position player to enter the league in 1996 or before.

Lewis has 41.5 sacks and 31 interceptions in his 17 seasons. He is the only player in NFL history to amass 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career (sacks became official in 1982). Among linebackers, only Junior Seau and Clay Matthews have played more seasons than Lewis.

Lewis was also named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003. He is one of six players to win the award multiple times since it was first awarded in 1971.

Lewis is just the latest Ravens defensive star to suffer a serious injury.

Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs has yet to play this year with an Achilles injury and starting cornerback Lardarius Webb suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Week 6.

Pro Bowl DT Haloti Ngata also reportedly tore his MCL in Week 6 but reportedly will play in Week 7.

The 5-1 Ravens will take on the Texans, the AFC's only other 5-1 team, Sunday in Houston.
Last week, the Baltimore Ravens drafted Alabama's Courtney Upshaw, hoping to line him up opposite Terrell Suggs as well as fill the void left by Jarret Johnson, who signed with the San Diego Chargers.

Terrell Suggs
If Upshaw starts, it's uncertain who will be his defensive counterpart now that Suggs is expected to miss the 2012 season with a torn Achilles tendon.

Suggs was the 2011 AP Defensive player of the year. He led the AFC with 14.0 sacks, a league-high seven forced fumbles and six passes defensed.

He's the only player over the last two seasons with at least five sacks, five forced fumbles and five passes defensed.

Suggs' 82.5 sacks are the most in franchise history, eighth among active players, and only six players have more sacks since Suggs' rookie season in 2003.

In 2010-11 combined, Suggs was fifth in the NFL with 18 tackles for loss, and in the last two postseasons, his five sacks were the most in the league.

Last season, the Ravens sent four or fewer pass rushers 63.6 percent of the time, which ranked 23rd in the NFL. Still, Suggs recorded 12 of his 14 sacks in that defensive formation, which was tied fourth in the NFL.

Suggs, who will turn 30 in October, has been durable throughout his nine-year career. He's played in 141 of a possible 144 regular-season games and has started all 16 regular-season games in four of the last five seasons.

In 2011, Suggs played in 95 percent of the Ravens' defensive snaps. Among Ravens who started all 16 games last season, only Ed Reed played in a higher percentage of snaps (99.6).

AP Photo/Nick WassT.J. Yates didn't have the same kind of success he had against the Bengals on Sunday
It wasn’t easy, but the Baltimore Ravens found their way back to the AFC Championship Game, with a 20-13 win over the Houston Texans.

Though the Ravens scored 17 first-quarter points, they had to survive a last-second attempt at a game-tying Hail Mary to prevail. Per usual at this time of year, the Ravens won largely on the strength of their defense.

Let’s take a closer look at the statistical highlights.

How the Ravens won
The Ravens had three interceptions against Texans quarterback T.J. Yates.

Ed Reed has the last of the three interceptions, the eighth postseason pick of his career. That’s tied for fourth-most in NFL history, but only one shy of the NFL record.

Lardarius Webb had the other two interceptions. He’s the third player in Ravens history with a multi-interception game in the playoffs, joining Reed (twice) and Duane Starks (once)

Since 2000, nine teams have won playoff games gaining fewer than 250 yards of offense. The Ravens have done so five of the nine times, including Sunday, when they managed 227 yards.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco played well enough to win, succeeding early against the Texans aggressive pass rush.

Flacco faced at least five pass rushers on 20 of his 32 dropbacks on Sunday, but completed 11-of-19 passes for 133 yards, and had both of his touchdown passes in such situations. The Texans had held opponents to a below 50-percent completion rate (49.8) and only allowed five touchdown passes in the regular season when sending five or more rushers.

The Texans defense sent extra pass rushers on half of opponent’s dropbacks this season, and continued that trend against Joe Flacco. Flacco faced at least five pass rushers on 20 of his 32 dropbacks on Sunday, and handled the extra pressure more effectively than Houston’s opponents did in the regular season.

The Ravens were not penalized in this game. It was the first game in franchise history the Ravens weren't penalized.

How the Texans lost
The Texans short-passing game, previously effective for Yates at the end of the regular season and in the wild card win against the Cincinnati Bengals, struggled in this contest.

Yates was 10-for-21 for 66 yards on throws that traveled 10 yards or fewer in the air. During the regular season, Yates completed nearly two-thirds of these passes and last week, he was 7-for-11 on those throws, for 61 yards.

When Yates did complete a pass, his receivers did little. They only managed 16 yards after contact. The Texans 62 total yards after contact were their second-fewest of the season. The only game in which they were worse was in a Week 6 loss to the Ravens when they had 60.

Houston entered the game averaging 97 yards after contact per game, second-best in the NFL.

Stats of the Day
Flacco won a playoff game for the fifth time. Via the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the fourth quarterback to win at least five playoff games in his first four seasons, along with Tom Brady (six), Ben Roethlisberger (five) and Kurt Warner (five).

Elias also noted that Ravens coach John Harbaugh became the first NFL coach to win a playoff game in each of his first four seasons as an NFL coach. Harbaugh and former Cowboys coach Barry Switzer were the only ones to do so in three such seasons, prior to Sunday.

In defeat, Texans running back Arian Foster ran for 132 yards. His 285 rushing yards are the most of anyone in their first two games in postseason history. That broke the mark of 278, set by Duane Thomas for the 1970 Dallas Cowboys.

What's Next?
The Ravens are 1-6 all-time against the New England Patriots. The only win came in the 2009 AFC Wild Card Playoffs