The Baltimore Ravens finished the 2010 NFL regular season with a 12-4 record, and they won the AFC North. In the playoffs they won a road game at Kansas City then went down to the Pittsburgh Steelers. They did end up firing their QB’s coach and their starting QB took that pretty personally. This is a very good football team, and yes the offense could be better but I think Joe Flacco was out of line taking the firing of a position coach so personally. Hopefully that will not have a ripple effect when this team gets back to playing football.
The offense scored 357 points or 22.3 points per game on average. Joe Flacco was their starting QB and he completed 62.6% of his passes for 3,622 yards, and 25 TD’s, with just 10 INT’s. The running game behind him averaged 114.2 yards per game, but the O line did give up 40 sacks. All in all pretty good numbers but the sacks allowed stat could sure stand to come down a lot.
Of course the defense is very good, if not getting a little bit old. They gave up just 270 points or 16.9 points per game on average. Their take away differential was +7 and that means they get after the ball on defense because the offense doesn’t cough up the ball all that much. In all they forced 15 fumbles and intercepted 19 passes. The only real concern is the 27 sacks this defense racked up. That seems a little low for how good a defense this really was.
This is another one of those teams that was highly thought of and even though the defense is aging I don’t see their window of opportunity for a championship closing. If they keep adding good pieces they could be good for quite some time. I think they need to add some youth to the defense in the draft this year and all should be well.
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