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Ravens - Patriots stats

The stats are almost identical in terms of how both the Ravens and Patriots attack on offense.  Both employ a fairly balanced run/pass mix, and can rely on either the run or pass from week to week depending on the opponent. But NE takes better advantage of turning their yards per game into points, although their scoring average is boosted by 2 defensive TDs and 3 Special Teams TDs.  Take these away and the offense has accounted for 24 points per game, or about a TD more per game than the Ravens.

Offense

NE

BAL

Rushes per game

28.3

31.8

Rushing yards per game             

122.3

114

Pass attempts per game

30.5

34.2

Passing yards per game

227.8

222

Points per game

32.8

18.4

 

 

Defense

NE

BAL

Rushes per game

25.5

24.2

Rushing yards per game             

112.3

101.2

Pass attempts per game

38

27.8

Passing yards per game

272.3

156.6

Points per game

24

14.4

Defense is a different story.  Teams are attacking the Ravens fairly evenly between the ground and the air, and are having limited success either way.  The Patriots are being successfully attacked primarily through the air.  The Patriots run defense is about average and not noticeably different than the Ravens.  But teams are having far greater success attacking the Patriots through the air, while the Ravens are second in pass defense.

The scoring differential of 10 points per game is huge.  This leads me to conclude that this will be the type of game where Flacco and the offense are going to have to take charge and win the game by putting 25+ points on the board.  If we can do that, I predict a comfortable win.  If not, it could be a nail biter coming down to the final possession.

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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