Today is the start of week 4 in the NFL. Let’s take a look at how the Ravens rank offensively and defensively:
Baltimore Ravens Offense:
*Statistics and rankings gathered from Ravens NFL.com team page
- Points per game: 1st
- Yards per game: 1st
- Passing yards per game: 7th
- Rushing yards per game 1st
The Baltimore Ravens offense is doing some pretty incredible things. They may have lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, however they are an impressive 2-1 team. The Ravens lead the league in points per game at 36.7. This number is inflated by the Ravens 59-10 win against the Miami Dolphins. The Ravens put up 23 against the Arizona Cardinals and 28 against the Chiefs. The Ravens offense got going in the second half in Kansas City and it gave them a chance. They scored what they needed against the Cardinals.
The fact that the Ravens offense leads the league in yards per game is exciting. This isn’t something that Ravens fans ever expected. Lamar Jackson gave Baltimore a ton of hope coming into the season and this offense is better than an optimist could have even projected. The Ravens have a good blend of production from Jackson as a passer and a runner. He had over 100 yards on the ground against the Cardinals which made up for the fact that Mark Ingram II and company didn’t do too much on the ground. In the games against the Dolphins and Chiefs the running backs did eat however. In two out of the three games played so far, Ingram II has gone for over 100 yards.
The Ravens average 295 yards passing per game and Jackson is throwing about 33 passes per contest. That’s good efficiency. Jackson had 43 passing attempts against the Chiefs which is a bit off the balance the offense should strive for. Anywhere from 30-35 passing attempts is good for Jackson. Anything more than that and the Ravens are straying away from their run game too much for comfort.