|Last 3 Games||2-1||-0.6||1-1||1-2||16.3||7.7||310.3||(4.7)||0.7||15.3||7.7||319.0||(5.1)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||25.2||12.0||19.7||27:44||25-102||(4.1)||21-36||59.1%||241||(6.7)||61-343||(5.6)||(13.6)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.9||11.1||19.2||29:20||26-109||(4.2)||21-34||61.0%||229||(6.7)||61-338||(5.6)||(14.8)|
|Offense Road Games||16.5||7.8||16.5||28:29||25-102||(4)||20-36||55.3%||186||(5.1)||62-287||(4.6)||(17.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.2||10.7||21.9||33:26||31-126||(4)||23-37||60.9%||247||(6.6)||69-372||(5.4)||(18.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.4||11.2||20.4||31:18||27-111||(4.1)||23-37||62.1%||243||(6.6)||64-355||(5.5)||(15.9)|
|Defense Road Games||18.5||10.8||20.3||33:49||34-144||(4.2)||20-33||59.8%||210||(6.3)||67-354||(5.3)||(19.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.7||0.2||0.9||1.1||13-5||36.3%||1-0||40.0%||3-96||(28.7)||2-22||(9.8)||7-68|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.8||1.6||1.8||13-5||37.6%||1-0||52.6%||3-71||(23.6)||22-2||(10.6)||6-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.7||0.3||1.0||1.2||15-5||33.7%||1-0||33.3%||3-92||(26.4)||3-32||(10.7)||6-57|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.1||0.9||2.0|| ||15-6||37.9%||1-0||50.0%||2-52||(23.3)||3-19||(6.3)||7-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||14-5||39.3%||1-0||54.5%||3-65||(23.2)||25-2||(10.3)||6-56|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.2||1.0||2.2|| ||15-6||37.4%||1-0||50.0%||2-47||(21.8)||4-21||(5.9)||6-48|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3.6||3-0||1-2||28.7||18.3||389.3||(7.3)||0.7||17.7||6.3||368.3||(5.5)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||26.0||14.4||21.0||30:30||31-168||(5.4)||19-28||66.7%||216||(7.7)||59-384||(6.5)||(14.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.7||11.6||20||30:15||27-116||(4.3)||21-34||63.5%||236||(7)||61-353||(5.8)||(15.6)|
|Offense Home Games||24.5||10.7||20.3||29:07||31-175||(5.7)||17-26||66.5%||179||(6.9)||56-354||(6.3)||(14.5)|
|Defense (All Games)||25.1||11.8||22.0||29:30||22-91||(4.1)||25-41||61.4%||299||(7.2)||64-390||(6.1)||(15.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.5||11.9||20||30:13||26-112||(4.3)||22-36||62.0%||247||(6.9)||62-360||(5.8)||(15.3)|
|Defense Home Games||21.8||11.7||22.0||30:53||26-99||(3.8)||24-39||61.1%||283||(7.3)||65-383||(5.9)||(17.5)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.5||0.4||0.9||0.9||12-4||32.9%||1-1||73.3%||2-56||(23.9)||2-16||(7.2)||8-69|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||2||13-5||38.9%||1-0||48.5%||3-70||(24.1)||22-2||(10.3)||6-53|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.5||0.3||0.8||0.8||11-4||32.8%||1-1||57.1%||2-54||(27.2)||2-13||(6.2)||8-63|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.7||1.8|| ||14-6||44.8%||1-0||62.5%||3-63||(22.4)||2-16||(6.5)||7-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||39.6%||1-0||56.7%||3-65||(23.7)||17-2||(8.5)||6-50|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||0.7||1.7|| ||15-7||46.6%||0-0||33.3%||3-68||(22.8)||2-12||(5.4)||7-54|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BALTIMORE 19.9, WASHINGTON 21.6|
|11/25/2012||@ SAN DIEGO||16-13||W||-1||W||47||U||35-127||30-51-316||0||23-91||23-36-189||0|
|12/9/2012||@ WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||NY GIANTS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ CINCINNATI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/21/2012||@ NY GIANTS||23-27||L||6||W||51.5||U||38-248||20-28-232||4||19-64||26-40-329||2|
|12/9/2012||BALTIMORE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|BALTIMORE: The Ravens have slowly and successfully transitioned to a zone-blocking scheme over the past couple of seasons. They've steadily mixed in more and more zone stretch plays for Ray Rice and have had plenty of success doing it, especially now that their line heavily utilizes cut blocking. They still use a lot of two-back sets with Rice running behind Vonta Leach. Rice will take a very heavy load again; even with Ricky Williams on the roster last season, Rice played more than 75 percent of their offensive snaps, so expect rookie Bernard Pierce to be used sparingly. Baltimore keeps it very conservative in the red zone, running it more than half the time inside the 20, and nearly 60 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations last year. Rice takes pretty much all the red zone reps. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron had always wanted to stretch the field but never had the receiver to do it until Torrey Smith emerged last season. Cameron has said he'll use more two tight end sets, as they did toward the end of last season. Dennis Pitta outperformed Ed Dickson in the second half of the year and is the one receiver Joe Flacco consistently looked for over the middle. Rice will also continue to have a huge role in the passing game, not only as a safety valve, but also on screens and in the slot to create mismatches. Anquan Boldin was a popular target in the end zone last year. The off-season Achilles' injury to reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs could be enough to keep this from being an elite defense. Baltimore does have experience in veterans Ed Reed and Ray Lewis'neither of whom shows any significant signs of slowing down'and Haloti Ngata is one of the best interior linemen in the league. Cornerback Lardarius Webb capped his first year as a starter with three interceptions in the playoffs, and Bernard Pollard had 89 total tackles (62 solo) in 15 games (including playoffs) as a full-time player. |
|WASHINGTON: The Redskins had to go away from the running game because they fell behind early and often last year, but their preference is to rely on their vaunted zone-blocking scheme. They generally settle on one feature back at the beginning of each game, but there's no guarantee who it will be week-to-week. Roy Helu enters the year as the heavy favorite for carries, followed by Tim Hightower and Evan Royster. All three are capable of playing three downs. Royster might be an option in the red zone later in the year, but at this point Helu and Hightower are the backs who have goal line experience. Robert Griffin III is an excellent fit in the passing game of head coach Mike and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. They want their quarterbacks to move around and throw on the run, and Griffin can do exactly that. Washington has shuffled its receiving corps. Santana Moss has a chance to be the No. 1 receiver by design, and he will move to the slot when they go three-wide. Pierre Garcon will stretch the field (Griffin threw a lot of deep balls at Baylor) with Leonard Hankerson a deep threat on the opposite side. Josh Morgan is likely the odd man out, especially since the Redskins will play a lot of two-TE sets. Because TE Fred Davis runs more WR routes, Helu could end up being Griffin's safety valve. The Shanahans love to put their quarterback on the move near the goal line too, and Griffin will have the option of a short pass or trying to punch it in himself. This will be a new-look defense with safeties LaRon Landry and O.J. Atogwe replaced by free agents Madieu Williams and Tanard Jackson. Cedric Griffin also improves the DB unit. Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo are skilled pass rushers, but the Redskins face a tough schedule this season. Meanwhile, any thoughts last year that London Fletcher may be slowing down were erased by a big finish, in which he racked up 86 total tackles over the last seven games. Fletcher's heir apparent, perhaps as early as 2013, appears to be Perry Riley, who was great last season after earning a starting spot (63 total tackles over eight starts). One of two significant returnees to the secondary is DeJon Gomes, who proved to be a capable tackler with 28 total tackles in his five starts. He has the ability to play strong safety as well as nickel corner. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall, meanwhile, is so overaggressive that opposing quarterbacks can't resist throwing at him. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Ravens-Redskins Preview* =========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Though the Baltimore Ravens' plans for an AFC North championship suffered a setback last week, they still appear poised for a fifth consecutive postseason appearance.
But after struggling against a journeyman quarterback, they'll have to slow down rookie phenom Robert Griffin III on Sunday as he tries to help the Washington Redskins end a five-year playoff drought.
The Ravens will secure a playoff berth with a win and can also clinch the division with a victory and losses by Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
Coach John Harbaugh's squad missed a chance to wrap up a playoff spot last Sunday with a 23-20 home loss to the archrival Steelers. It ended Baltimore's 15-game win streak at home since also falling to Pittsburgh on Dec. 5, 2010, but the Ravens (9-3) still own a two-game lead in the division.
"We still are on course," Harbaugh said. "We have an opportunity to accomplish our first and foremost objective - I wouldn't say the most important objective, but the first objective on the agenda - which is to win the division. That's something that we need to do.
"And the idea of the high seed in the playoffs is still in front of us, too. So we're going to be working hard to get those things done."
Baltimore will have to accomplish those goals under a challenging schedule, which will see it end the season against Washington (6-6), Denver, the Giants and Cincinnati - all teams at .500 or better.
Those games will see them match up against quarterbacks Griffin, Peyton and Eli Manning and Andy Dalton. It's a slope that appears steeper considering the Ravens couldn't slow down Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh's 38-year-old third-stringer who completed 25 of 36 passes for 276 yards last weekend.
Baltimore took a 20-13 lead into the fourth quarter before the Steelers gained 138 yards in the final period, led by two scoring drives engineered by Batch.
"They were just hitting us in the right spots," linebacker Paul Kruger told the Ravens' official website. "They were finding the weaknesses in our defense. It just seemed like we couldn't get in a good rhythm."
If Batch could exploit weaknesses in the Ravens' defense, which ranks 23rd against the pass at 246.5 yards per game, Griffin could be in for a big day.
Griffin is coming off a Hall-of-Fame performance - literally. The Hall collected the jersey and cleats worn by Griffin in Monday night's 17-16 home win over the Giants in which he broke the single-season record for yards rushing by a rookie quarterback.
Griffin ran for 72 yards on five carries, bringing his total to 714 and eclipsing the record of 706 set last year by Carolina's Cam Newton.
He was also 13 of 21 for 163 yards and a touchdown, posting a triple-digit passer rating for the sixth time as Washington pulled within a game of New York for the NFC East lead.
The Redskins, who haven't made the playoffs since the 2007 season, were 3-6 and coach Mike Shanahan mentioned evaluating players for the future before they reeled off three straight victories against divisional foes. Griffin has completed 73.0 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and an interception while posting a rating of 140.0 over those games.
The No. 2 overall pick in April's draft not only heard chants of "RG3" during Monday's victory, he also heard them throughout the Washington Wizards' upset of the Miami Heat as he sat courtside Tuesday.
"The kid's special," Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. "He's on the verge of being a rock star. We used to travel with Mike Vick when I was in Atlanta, and it was definitely a rock-star-type atmosphere wherever he went. And RG is having that same kind of following."
Baltimore might have to face Griffin without one of its best defensive players after Terrell Suggs tore his right biceps last Sunday. Suggs, who has 19 tackles and two sacks in six games after missing the first six weeks recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, said he'll be a game-time decision.
"We got to see how it goes," Suggs said. "We kind of live by the creed of, if you can breathe, then you can play."
The Ravens may have gotten an emotional lift with Ray Lewis' return to practice Wednesday, but he still isn't eligible to play until Dec. 16 against Denver.
They will also have to compete against the NFL's top rushing attack, led by rookie Alfred Morris' 92.2 yards per game. Morris, the Redskins' first 1,000-yard rusher since Clinton Portis in 2008, has run for over 100 yards in each of the last two games for a Washington team averaging 167.2 yards on the ground.
"He's a young kid who's very humble and talented," Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "He's been chipping away all year - pounding away - and never feeling like he's getting fatigued."
Baltimore has won three of four all-time meetings.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 11:14:01 PM EST|