Fun with Numbers: Browns-Ravens edition

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sheard ravensBefore the Browns host the Ravens today for a special 4 p.m. game at FirstEnergy Stadium, I did some research to share some fascinating numerical tidbits for you today. You can check back to Oct. 5 for the last time I did this feature.

2,178 – Number of days since Cleveland last defeated Baltimore in an NFL game. This occurred on Nov. 18, 2007. The final score was 33-30 in overtime. Kyle Boller was the Ravens quarterback. Josh Cribbs had 245 kick-return yards, the second-highest total in his career. Baltimore has won all 11 matchups since this date by an average score of 11.6-24.1. The Browns have scored over 17 points just once in these contests.

80% – Jason Campbell’s 105.4 QB rating against Kansas City ranked as the 15th-best performance in his NFL career in games with nine-plus passing attempts. He has 75 such games in his career, marking last week’s outing at exactly the 80 percentile mark for his career. Campbell’s career QB rating is 82.8. The 2013 NFL average is 84.1.

4th – The Ravens rank as the fourth-best pass rush team in the NFL, per the advanced stats gurus at Pro Football Focus. Their rush is led by All-Pro Terrell Suggs, who ranks sixth with eight sacks, and new addition Elvis Dumervil who has 5.5. The Browns pass block is rated as slightly below average, according to PFF.

77.3 – Receiving per game needed the rest of the season for Josh Gordon to also establish a new franchise record. Through six contests, Gordon is averaging 97.0 yards. The Cleveland record is held by Mac Speedie of the 1949 Browns at just 85.7. Besides Speedie’s similarly impressive 1947 season (81.9), the third-highest total in team history is Braylon Edwards’ 2006 average of 80.6.

98 – Tight end Jordan Cameron is on pace for 98 catches on the season, which would shatter the franchise mark of 89 set by Ozzie Newsome (twice: 1983 and 1984) and Kellen Winslow Jr. (2006). Cameron’s 49 receptions ranked third in the NFL entering Week 9, trailing just Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (56) and Denver’s Wes Welker (50).

2.6 – Joe Flacco is averaging 5.3 yards per passing attempt in the first half of games this season; that number then balloons to 7.9 in the second half. His QB rating is 65.9 compared to 87.4 in the two splits. The Ravens offense has been mediocre thus far in 2013, with Flacco’s inconsistency (eight touchdowns and eight interceptions) a key difference from last year’s playoffs alongside the inefficient running game.

56.3% – Percent of snaps played by rookie Barkevious Mingo in the last two Browns games. This is a large decrease from his heavily involved stretch from Week 4-6 when he was on the field for 199 out of 219 defensive opportunities (90.1%). Cleveland has played almost exclusively from behind in the last two losses to Green Bay and Kansas City.

88 – Highest rushing total allowed by the Cleveland defense to a single runner thus far this season, set by Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson back in Week 3. The Browns are one of four NFL defenses that have yet to allow a 90-yard rusher in 2013. The other three teams are the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders. Of course, there have only been 0.23 such 90-yard rushers per NFL game this year compared to 0.30in 2012 and 0.33 in 2011. The Ravens rank last in the NFL with just 2.8 yards per carry this season.

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  • Rudy

    After reading this, I’m really pumped for this game. I’m pretty confident we can keep that losing streak to the Ravens from reaching 3,000 days.