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PFF: Overall, the Ravens lost a close game against a great opponent

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NFL: New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to take a look at the numbers for Sunday’s contest against the New Orleans Saints.

OFFENSE

In his first start of the season, RT Orlando Brown Jr. gave up his first pressures of season (three hurries) on his way to a 59.0 overall grade. It was his run blocking that let him down, with his 48.8 run block grade ranking last on the team.

Most of us were frustrated when James Hurst was the starter in Week 1. Many questioned whether this was the right decision, as Zeus Jr. demonstrated incredible performance all preseason. Now, against a talented edge-rushing team, Zeus Jr. didn’t quite play up to our overblown expectations. It also hurts to see the run-blocking so low. The Ravens just can’t get the sled moving.

The top rated player on offense was WR John Brown, who earned a season-best 84.0 game grade. His 3.62 Yards per Route Run ranked sixth among WRs in Week 7.

Really hoping Smoke sticks with Baltimore after this year. His speed and agility create mismatches and explosive plays week in and week out.

DEFENSE

CB Brandon Carr continued his solid year by grading at 73.5 and allowing a season-low 12 yards into his coverage. His six pass breakups lead the team and he has missed only one tackle so far.

Mr. Consistent. He’s always been a solid CB2 with Baltimore. While he has had bad games and stellar outings, he’s by far the most consistent. He plays with sure-tackling, solid coverage and smart route jumps when he’s confident in his recognition of the play.

The Ravens struggled to generate pressure against a Saints offensive line that collectively ranks second in OL Pass Blocking Efficiency this season (90.9). Only SS Tony Jefferson managed more than one pressure (one hit and one hurry).

Not surprised, honestly. After the 11-sack domination against Marcus Mariota and the Titans, there was bound to be a cooled-off measure in the next game. Also, the Saints have a Hall of Fame signal caller and a top five offensive line protecting him. They are a damn good offense and it was a close game to the bitter end.