After losing three consecutive games and limping into the bye week, the Ravens season appeared all but over. However, led by a pair of rookies and contributions from veterans across the board, Baltimore has jumped back into the playoff race.
The Ravens have won three games in a row and now occupy sole possession of sixth place in the AFC playoff picture. At 7-5, Baltimore is the driver’s seat to earn a wildcard berth with upcoming matchups against the Chiefs, Chargers, Buccaneers, and Browns.
What’s behind their recent string of victories? Let’s take a look at some of the key numbers related to the Ravens win streak.
2001 - After Sunday’s win over the Falcons, Lamar Jackson became the fifth rookie quarterback since 2001 to win his first three starts, joining Ben Roethlisberger, Craig Krenzel, Mark Sanchez, and Carson Wentz.
2 - The Ravens have forced a fumble in each of the past two games, both of which were returned for touchdowns. Prior to Week 12, Baltimore had forced just two fumbles on the entire season.
140 - Mark Andrews has 140 receiving yards over the past three games, more than any other Baltimore pass-catcher. Andrews has quickly emerged as one of Jackson’s go-to targets.
265 - Jackson has 265 rushing yards in his first three starts, the most by a rookie quarterback in that span since 1970. “Action Jackson” has simply been electric on the ground.
4.9 - Baltimore’s yards per carry average as a team since Jackson took over as the starter. Prior to the Week 10 bye, the Ravens ranked second-to-last in yards per carry.
17 - Rookie running back Gus Edwards has seen at least 17 carries in all three games during the win streak. Edwards eclipsed 20 carries in each of the two games with Alex Collins inactive, who is now set to miss the remainder of the season.
19 - The number of touches over the past two weeks for Ty Montgomery, whose role in the offense has grown since he joined the team. Montgomery has given the Ravens offense a spark on the ground and as a receiver.
716 - As a team, the Ravens have rushed for a combined 716 yards over the past three games. They’ve eclipsed the 200 mark in each contest, and their rushing output has far exceed the passing yardage.
211.6 - Against the Bengals, Raiders, and Falcons combined, Baltimore’s defense has allowed an average of 211.6 total yards per game. After a series of poor showings prior to the bye week, the Ravens defense has been stout.
34 - The number of points Justin Tucker has accounted for during the Ravens win streak. Tucker has made nine field goals and seven extra points, converting a perfect 100% in both areas. His longest conversion came against the Bengals, which was 56 yards.
6 - Baltimore has allowed a total of six fourth quarter points over the past three weeks, a remarkable improvement from earlier in the season. The defense has clearly been more rested late in games as a result of an improved rushing attack on offense.
7 - Led by Terrell Suggs and Matt Judon, the Ravens pass rush has resurfaced in recent weeks. Baltimore has recorded seven sacks in three games, including three against Derek Carr and three against Matt Ryan.
60.5% - Lamar Jackson’s completion percentage during his first three starts. While this is nothing to write home, it’s nearly identical to Joe Flacco, whose completed 61.2% of his passes this season.
71 - Baltimore’s offense has recorded 71 first downs in three weeks, which is significantly more than their opponents. The Bengals, Raiders, and Falcons combined for 44 first downs against the Ravens.
66 - The difference in total plays run between the Ravens (221) and their opponents (155) over the pas three games. Led by a dominant rushing attack, Baltimore has controlled the tempo and dominated the time of possession.
2017 - Interestingly enough, the Ravens went on a three-game win streak last season at this exact same time of the season. From Weeks 11-13 last year, Baltimore defeated the Packers, Texans, and Lions to improve to 7-5 on the season.