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Ravens vs Steelers: Ravens know Michael Vick well

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The Ravens have faced off against Michael Vick in the regular season only three times in his 13 year career. Mostly because he spent most of his time as the quarterback of NFC teams and the cycle didn't match up for the Ravens to play against those teams.

So let's turn back the clocks and see how well Michael Vick did against the Ravens in each regular season matchup.


2012

Splits By Opponent G Att Comp Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int 1st 1st% 20+ Sck SckY Rate
Baltimore Ravens 1 32 23 71.9 371 11.6 49 1 2 17 53.1 7 2 14 94.7

The last time the two faced off was 2012 when Vick was with the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game, he threw 32 times, completing 23 of them for 371-yards, a single touchdown and two interceptions. His passer rating of 94.7 was pretty solid given the two interceptions and two sacks on the game. This was a game that the Ravens lost by only a single point in Philadelphia. Vick would end up being concussed during the season and the Eagles would promote Nick Foles a few seasons later to the starting quarterback.

2006

Splits By Opponent G Att Comp Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int 1st 1st% 20+ Sck SckY Rate
Baltimore Ravens 1 21 11 52.4 127 6.0 49 1 0 4 19.0 1 5 45 86.8

The previous time the Ravens played Vick was the last year he was an Atlanta Falcon, back in 2006. We all know Vick's history that caused the Falcons to shed him and for Vick to be out of football for a number of years. Against the Ravens Vick only hit on 52.4% of his passes while throwing a single touchdown, no intereceptions and five sacks. His quarterback rating of 86.8 was not enough to overcome the Ravens as the Steve McNair led team would pound Atlanta to a 24-10 loss.

2002

Splits By Opponent G Att Comp Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int 1st 1st% 20+ Sck SckY Rate
Baltimore Ravens 1 24 12 50.0 136 5.7 25 0 1 9 37.5 2 3 21 50.0

His second year in the league, Michael Vick faced off against the Ravens in 2002, ending with a passer rating of only 50.0. He was 50% on his pass completions for 136 yards, an interception, three sacks and two fumbles. While the Falcons won that game 20-17 mostly on field goals, it was about as sloppy of a game from a quarterback you could expect and one that without a recap, I can't see how the Falcons actually won.

So what does this all really mean?

Well looking at the stats, the more pressure applied to Vick, the more he screws up. Whether that is through fumbles, poor play, or interceptions; Vick can be rattled into giving up the ball. Utilizing a combination of pass rush with a spy keeping an eye on Vick, they should be able to get after him and limit his ability to run the ball to escape pressure or extend plays.

The Ravens should be able to see this pretty easily. A simple gameplan against Vick does have some extra wrinkles when you think about Steelers' running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown. If the Ravens can stop the run reasonably well and then can apply pressure to Michael Vick, they should be able to replicate some of the earlier efforts against him ala 2002 and 2006. If they don't, Vick does have the arm and more importantly, the weapons around him to have a game more reminiscent of 2012

In the end, if Dean Pees wants to keep his job and show that maybe he does know what he is doing, it's looking towards Vick first.