The Baltimore Ravens Struggles: 5 Stats That Say It All
2. Joe Leads The League In Passing Attempts:
Nope, that’s not a lie. Joe Flacco has thrown more passes than any quarterback in the NFL. Flacco has had 264 passing attempts which is 27 passes more than Andrew Luck. However Luck has 11 touchdowns and a 94.2 passer rating. Flacco has five touchdowns and four interceptions with a 78.9 passer rating. Joe Flacco is tied for the 27th rank in passing touchdowns. To give you some perspective on Flacco’s lack of touchdown tosses; he has the same amount of touchdowns as Ryan Fitzpatrick. Ryan Fitzpatrick just got benched for Geno Smith. That’s a bad look for the Ravens’ franchise quarterback.
Flacco is 11th in total passing yards. He averages six yards per pass which is the 43rd best average in the NFL. If you take out the non-quarterbacks and backups with few passing attempts, it’s still incredibly bad. This is a byproduct of playing five games in Marc Trestman’s dink and dink some more passing attack. However, it does seem like Flacco is a bit gun shy.
The bottom line here is, that the Ravens run to pass ratio is way off the sweet spot. More importantly the Ravens passing attack is as inefficient as paying for things in all pennies. In theory it still adds up to the 11th most passing yards. In actuality it adds up to a struggling offense. The Ravens need to get more bang for their buck in the passing game. They also need to strive for a more run heavy balance for their offense.