The Baltimore Ravens found themselves on the losing side of another game, this one by a deficit of 20 points as they lost 34-14. The loss brings them down to 4-10 on the season and looking like they might be able to match the franchise's worst record in it's 20-year existence. There were a few odd stats from this week's game that made the loss a little more interesting though.
The Baltimore Ravens Assistant Director of Public/Media relations Patrick Gleason sent out a tweet about wide receiver Kamar Aiken. He pointed out that Aiken is well on his way to a Ravens record of continuous games with at least 5 catches. With 7-straight, Aiken just needs 2 more to beat the 8-straight set by Derrick Mason way back in 2007.
An impressive stat that helps tell the story of what the 26-year old receiver has meant to the Ravens in the second half of the season, especially since Steve Smith Sr. went down about the same time his streak started. In addition to catching a bunch of balls, he set a career high in yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half alone, having caught six passes for 117 yards before the half would close.
On the other side of the ball, the Ravens are looking to hit a franchise record in a negative way, turnovers. Like Jones pointed out that the Ravens currently are -15 in the turnover differential, with the franchise record being -17 way back in 2007.
The #Ravens now sit at -15 in turnovers this season. The franchise-worst mark is -17 set in 2007.— Luke Jones (@BaltimoreLuke) December 20, 2015
The issue there is that the Ravens have been coughing the ball up a lot this season with very few opportunities to get it back. The injuries on the defensive side of the ball this season has played a big part in the secondary being lackluster. An issue going back to last season as well, the defenders just haven't been able to come down with interceptions or being able to land on fumbles.
The turnover differential being so bad only goes to show that splash plays are the big difference maker in the NFL. With a majority of the games being decided by 8 or fewer points, a turnover at any point could be looked at as the deciding factor for this team in 2015. Against the Chiefs on Sunday, the Ravens had three turnovers, with two of them being returned for touchdowns right on the spot. The loss being by 20 points, it is easy to see how those turnovers were costly this week alone.
Something the Ravens will have to do next season and beyond is make a real focus for coming up with those balls and being a little safer on offense. That along with a continuing emergence from wide receiver Kamar Aiken could be the difference between a top-5 draft pick and the playoffs.