We are basically two months into the 2017 fiscal year for the National Football League. It’s safe to say we have seen plenty of player movement via free agency and trades. And in late April, a total of 253 players were selected in the NFL draft. So as teams get ready for mini-camps and OTAs, we figured it was a good time to have some fun looking (and learning) at the significant numbers – both in regards to the past and the present – for each of the 32 franchises. We’ve already checked out the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons. Next up are the Baltimore Ravens.
This is a franchise that is not only in one of the best divisions in the NFL but has a head coach that has been fairly consistent over his nine seasons at the helm. But after reaching the playoffs in each of his first five years in Baltimore and compiling a 54-26 regular-season record over that span, John Harbaugh and the Ravens have managed only one winning record (and playoff appearance) in the last four years and own a 31-33 in their last 64 regular-season contests.
The failure to run the ball consistently in recent seasons is one reason this just hasn’t been the same team as of late. In 2016, only four teams in the league gained fewer yards on the ground. The year before, the Ravens ranked 26th in rushing offense. Back in 2013, the then-defending Super Bowl champions were 30th in the NFL in this vital category. It’s worth noting that over the past four seasons the Ravens finished in the league’s Top 10 in rushing offense. That was in 2014, when the team finished 10-6 and reached the postseason.
In 2015, the Baltimore Ravens were ranked 10th in the NFL in pass defense. This past season, only eight teams in the league allowed fewer yards through the air than Harbaugh’s club. But in their last 32 contests, this team has allowed an astounding 58 scoring tosses to opposing passers. In ’15, the Ravens allowed 30 TD passes while only totaling six interceptions. One years later, they managed to triple that pick total (18) but still gave up 28 TD strikes.