Baltimore Ravens: The Numbers Don’t Lie


Playing in the most competitive division the NFL has seen in quite some time, the Baltimore Ravens are fighting for a playoff spot.

And wins haven’t come easily in the AFC North.

The Ravens are coming off a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the Steelers and Bengals have both earned week 15 victories as well.

And while the Ravens are fighting for their lives in the AFC North, the numbers just don’t quite show what Baltimore has accomplished this season.

First, Steve Smith, what can I say more about him? A cast-off from the Carolina Panthers, Smith has seemingly received a second chance in football life. The 35 year-old veteran crossed the 900 reception milestone against the Jaguars Sunday.

The Baltimore Ravens have allowed 16 sacks this season, which is ranked second in the NFL. No surprise here, as their offensive line has played as good as any unit in the league.

At home, the Ravens have allowed an average of 14.5 points per game at home. the best in the NFL. How sweet it is. A return to the roots of Ravens playing stifling defense at M&T.

Through 15 weeks of football, Baltimore has scored 376 points while only surrendering 267, a +109 point differential. . That’s good enough for third best in the NFL. This is the most important stat because it shows what a complete team the Ravens are in all phases of the game.

And lastly, the Birds are 43-11 (.796) at home in the John Harbaugh era. Now while that is not exclusively the 2014 season, it’s second best in the NFL, behind only Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

There’s a lot to be said of the Baltimore Ravens’ performance this season in arguably the strongest division in single season history. And as the title suggests, the numbers don’t lie.