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Key Stats for Ravens vs. Falcons

The score is the only thing that matters, but here's what the game looks like on paper.

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As the Ravens prepare to take on the Falcons today, here's a few stats that stick out to me.

Have yourself a day, Justin Forsett.

Justin Forsett is absolutely killing it this season. The Falcons are horrific against the run, allowing 141.3 yards per game, ranking 28th in the league. Here's what they're up against today.

Justin Forsett's stats through Week 6:

  • 5th in the NFL in rushing yards (408)

  • 1st in the NFL in yards per carry (6.38)

  • 2nd in the NFL in rushes of 10+ yards (16)

  • 1st in the league in rushes of 20+ yards (6)Ravens have only allowed nine touchdowns all season, which ties the Kansas City Chiefs for the NFL's second fewest. Jim Caldwell's Detroit Lions are the only team that has a better number than the Ravens, allowing only eight touchdowns thus far.

Home Sweet Home against the NFC.

The Ravens are always good in Baltimore, but especially against the NFC and especially under John Harbaugh's leadership. Under Harbaugh, the Ravens are 12-1 at M&T Bank Stadium against the NFC and the Ravens are 28-6-1 all-time against non-AFC foes.

Ravens offense is good, but the Falcons may be a tad bit better.

The Ravens offense has been really good, especially by their standards, but the Falcons have the edge thus far in total offensive rankings. The Ravens 389.8 yards per game is good enough for 8th in the NFL. However, the Falcons are third in the league with a 410 average. Let's hope they don't get anywhere close to 410 yards in the (410).

Turnovers, turnovers and more turnovers.

Turnover differential is the stat that can often dictate whether a team has won or lost the game. The Ravens are tied for 10th in the league with a +2 differential, whereas the Falcons find themselves on the giving end with a -3 differential (T-22nd.)

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There's no doubt the NFL is a penalty-happy league. Fortunately, the Ravens are far more disciplined than the Falcons. Thus far, the Ravens have 29 penalties on the year, which is fifth-best in the NFL. The Falcons have 41 penalties on the season, tied for 18th.

Of course, the only stat that matters is what's on the scoreboard, but it would appear that the Ravens should have the advantage this afternoon. At least Las Vegas agrees as the Ravens are favored by 6.5 points.

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