|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||1-2||2-1||23.3||8.7||316.0||(4.9)||1.3||16.3||2.0||309.3||(5.2)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||21.4||9.5||18.5||31:04||28-82||(3)||22-38||59.3%||228||(6.1)||65-310||(4.8)||(14.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||25.3||12.6||20||31:37||28-114||(4.1)||22-36||59.8%||234||(6.5)||64-349||(5.5)||(13.8)|
|Offense Road Games||21.2||10.5||19.8||31:15||26-88||(3.3)||24-42||57.2%||246||(5.9)||68-334||(4.9)||(15.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.1||8.5||17.2||30:09||27-101||(3.8)||20-35||57.2%||232||(6.6)||62-333||(5.4)||(16.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.8||11.6||20.1||30:12||26-108||(4.1)||23-37||61.2%||250||(6.7)||64-358||(5.6)||(15)|
|Defense Road Games||26.8||14.0||17.8||29:48||29-101||(3.5)||20-32||60.5%||244||(7.5)||61-346||(5.7)||(12.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.3||0.4||1.7||-0.4||16-6||37.6%||1-0||54.5%||3-67||(25.7)||3-42||(14.8)||7-57|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.5||1.4||1.8||14-6||39.2%||1-0||49.7%||3-64||(23.6)||22-2||(10.1)||6-51|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.8||0.3||2.2||-1.0||17-6||38.2%||1-1||66.7%||3-62||(22)||3-31||(11.5)||7-61|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.6||1.3|| ||15-5||32.5%||1-1||57.1%||2-54||(22.8)||3-27||(9.6)||8-75|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.7||1.7|| ||14-5||37.9%||1-1||50.8%||3-65||(23.2)||21-2||(10)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.3||0.8||1.2|| ||15-5||36.0%||0-0||100.0%||2-34||(20.5)||2-23||(9.3)||8-73|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-2.8||1-2||2-1||27.0||13.0||393.0||(5.7)||4.0||22.7||9.0||277.7||(5.6)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||26.6||13.4||22.5||31:55||28-113||(4.1)||24-40||58.3%||297||(7.3)||68-409||(6)||(15.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||25.7||12.9||21.2||31:39||27-118||(4.3)||23-37||61.8%||249||(6.8)||64-366||(5.7)||(14.2)|
|Offense Home Games||31.7||15.2||26.2||35:16||31-140||(4.6)||27-43||62.0%||337||(7.8)||74-477||(6.5)||(15.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.7||11.7||18.3||28:05||24-99||(4.1)||21-35||59.9%||256||(7.2)||60-355||(6)||(14.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.8||12.2||20.6||30:08||26-115||(4.3)||22-36||62.1%||250||(6.9)||63-365||(5.8)||(14.7)|
|Defense Home Games||24.5||13.0||13.7||24:44||20-67||(3.3)||18-30||59.4%||232||(7.7)||50-298||(6)||(12.2)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||1.1||2.2||-0.8||14-6||44.3%||1-0||35.7%||2-54||(26)||2-24||(9.9)||7-56|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||2||14-5||39.6%||1-1||53.9%||3-66||(23.1)||18-2||(10)||6-53|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.7||1.3||3.0||-1.2||13-7||50.0%||1-0||50.0%||2-43||(26)||2-31||(12.5)||6-49|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.0||0.4||1.4|| ||13-4||30.2%||1-1||72.7%||2-58||(26.1)||2-12||(6.4)||5-44|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||38.3%||1-0||50.9%||3-64||(22.8)||19-2||(10.3)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.2||0.7||1.8|| ||12-3||22.9%||1-0||75.0%||3-79||(27.8)||1-12||(9.4)||5-42|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BALTIMORE 19, DETROIT 19.5|
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|12/29/2013||@ MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|BALTIMORE: The champs have steadily moved away from the running game as they've gone more no-huddle the past two seasons, but they're still middle-of-the-pack when it comes to run/pass ratio. They utilize a lot of zone-blocking plays, using some more stretch looks when Ray Rice is in the game and some inside zone plays for back-up Bernard Pierce, who should eat into Rice's workload a little more this season. Rice has typically taken 75 percent of the reps in past years, but that should be closer to 65 percent as Pierce has earned the coaching staff's trust.
The Ravens finally handed the keys of the offense over to Joe Flacco last year, and despite some bumps in the road, it worked out. Expect a system heavy on no-huddle again this year. This is an Air Coryell offense that attacks downfield, and has the weapons to do it in Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. Veteran Anquan Boldin is gone, with his production underneath likely going to tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, and No. 3 receiver Tandon Doss. Ray Rice continues to be frequently used as a security blanket and screen option to create mismatches. The Ravens still skew run-heavy near the goal line, where Rice takes a big workload.
LBs Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe, and DBs Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard and Cary Williams are all gone from the 17th-ranked defense (351 YPG allowed), but DT Haloti Ngata, LB Terrell Suggs and a healthy CB Lardarius Webb are still Pro Bowl defenders. Replacing Lewis and Ellerbe will be rookie ILB Arthur Brown and ILB Jameel McClain who is coming back from a spine injury. Newcomers DE/LB Elvis Dumervil, DL Chris Canty and DB Michael Huff will all help the Ravens combat the AFC's toughest schedule.|
|DETROIT: The running game figures to be an afterthought again for the NFL's most pass-happy team. Reggie Bush is the new No. 1 back, but he was brought in more for his receiving skills and ability in space. His carries will come working off the passing game and likely be a lot of delays and draws, and often out of the shotgun. Mikel Leshoure, a tentative plodder who was a disaster last season, will hopefully perform better in his second season back from a torn Achilles. Joique Bell has a chance to push Leshoure for playing time, but his strength is more in the passing game, making him the likely odd man out.
Expect a lot more of Matthew Stafford sitting back in shotgun with three and four receivers. Calvin Johnson is obviously the focal point, often working up the seam and breaking off when safeties sit deep. With no reliable No. 2 receiver, Brandon Pettigrew is Stafford's second option, working the middle of the field while Nate Burleson acts as a third receiver. Bush will have a big role in the screen game and figures to flex out to the slot at times. Ryan Broyles remains a question mark coming off a torn ACL, and Mike Thomas must prove he can make plays downfield. Leshoure figures to take the reps when they get down near the goal line, though Stafford runs the occasional sneak.
The Lions took a gamble on fifth overall pick DE Ezekiel Ansah and added newcomer DL Jason Jones from Seattle to bolster a weak pass rush (34 sacks, T-20th in NFL). Former Texans SS Glover Quin adds toughness to the secondary that is still searching for a serviceable No. 2 corner behind top CB Chris Houston. They did little else to improve their sagging defense that allowed 24+ points in each of their final eight games and had multiple takeaways just five times in 2012. Detroit has the 2nd-hardest NFL schedule in 2013.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Bush being questionable)
*Ravens-Lions Preview* ======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
The Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions are both in position for playoff berths, but only one of them has made significant progress toward reaching that goal lately.
The surging Ravens, though, have also struggled on the road this season and will try to end those woes Monday night while dealing the host Lions another blow in NFC North race.
Baltimore (7-6) currently holds the final AFC wild-card spot, but only by a tiebreaker over Miami. The Ravens, who also lead San Diego and the New York Jets by one game, maintained that position by coming out on top in a wild game with Minnesota this past weekend.
The teams combined for 36 points in the final 2:05, with Baltimore scoring 22. The Ravens capped their incredible finish to that 29-26 victory with Joe Flacco's 9-yard pass to Marlon Brown with four seconds to go.
Its third straight win also kept Baltimore two games behind Cincinnati in the AFC North, but the Ravens will face three straight division leaders to conclude the regular season. Two of those games are on the road, including a visit to the Bengals in the regular season finale Dec. 29.
Baltimore is 1-5 away from home, losing its last three there.
"I think we've won the close games at home and we haven't won them on the road. That's the bottom line," coach John Harbaugh said. "We've done the things we needed to do to win tight games at home and we haven't done the things we've needed to do on the road. It's us."
The Lions (7-6) have had trouble in most of their recent games no matter where they've played, dropping three of four. They blew out Green Bay 40-10 on Thanksgiving but their inability to close out games resurfaced in Philadelphia this past weekend.
Detroit gave up 28 points in the final 15 minutes in a 34-20 loss - its third blown fourth-quarter lead in the past three weeks - and dropped into a tie with Chicago atop the division. The Lions own the tiebreaker thanks to their two wins over the Bears but know they have to get back on track quickly if they want to win their first division title since 1993.
"We'll just take this slap in the face and hope it wakes us up," cornerback Chris Houston said. "We have two straight home games and we have to go get them. We can't get down on ourselves. We are still in a good position in our division. I think we like when our backs are against the wall."
Detroit has committed a combined five turnovers in the final quarters of its last three losses and totaled 20 giveaways in its past six games.
"It's tough to win football games when you turn the ball over," said quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has seven interceptions and two fumbles in the last four games. "We know that. We're doing everything that we can to correct it."
Baltimore has forced just four turnovers in its last four games after tallying 13 in its first nine, but sacks leader Elvis Dumervil may return after a one-game absence due to a sprained left ankle.
"We're starting to get healthier. We're starting to put it together as a team," Flacco said. "We just need to start putting it together for a full 60 minutes and see where it takes us."
The Ravens, however, might face a motivated Calvin Johnson after Baltimore rookie safety Matt Elam called the All-Pro receiver "old" following some initial compliments.
"He's pretty old, so I don't know how physical he'll be," Elam said. "He's a big guy, but he's older. I guess when they get older they're not going to be as physical, you know what I'm saying? We're going to have to be physical, make him uncomfortable."
The Lions could also get leading rusher Reggie Bush back from a calf injury that kept him out of the loss to Philadelphia. Bush needs 147 yards to surpass 1,000 for the second time in his career.
Bush, though, was listed as questionable.
Baltimore has won two of its three meetings with the Lions and routed them 48-3 in the most recent one Dec. 13, 2009. The Ravens are making their second trip to Detroit and were beaten 35-17 in the other one Oct. 9, 2005.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 4:02:09 AM EST|