Re: The Baltimore offense and the play discrepancy
posted at 1/16/2013 3:49 PM EST
In response to dapats1281's comment:
So I got these stats from Curran.
Two playoff games: Baltimore plays-130, Opponent plays-174.
40% third down percentage
They've held the ball for 59:04 in their two games which went for a total of 136:42 minutes. That is for about 43% of the time.
This Baltimore offense was 4th worst in the league in terms of TOP during the regular season.
In a small sample (1 or 2 games depending on who), Baltimore has the worst 3rd down defense of the teams left playing, NE has the best. But again, take that with a grain of salt, it's a small sample.
If we have any scienece people here who know how playing in the thin air affects these numbers that would be great.
Point is, this offense has a lot of trouble staying on the field and the defense has not gotten off the field during the playoffs. Take away those two Hillman returns and those numbers could've been even worse.
Patriots cannot afford to fumble. They can really punish the Ravens defense if they can avoid any turnovers.
On the other side, it is going to be extremely frustrating. Flacco can go 3/11 for 120 yards. He's going to have a lot of incompletions, but he'll probably hit the big passes too
Basically science has shown that the thin air has a big effect on QBs named Peyton causing them to forget which team to throw the ball to.