Notes on the game and a graph showing how balanced all NFL teams are after the jump.
- Per usual the Ravens defense played great on Sunday. The defense forced Dan Orlovsky into taking four sacks, fumbling three times, throwing an interception and putting a partridge in a pair tree. Orlovsky had only two first downs in the first three quarters of the game.
- Without adjusting for the opposing team’s skill level Joe Flacco would have ranked as the ninth best QB according Football Outsider’s DVOA, with adjusting for opponent Flacco ranked 16th. Only six of Flacco’s 23 completions gained 10 or more yards. However, its hard to fault Flacco for a lack of big plays in a game that was essentially over at halftime.
- After Sunday’s win the Ravens now rank 4th in the NFL in Football Outsider’s DVOA. They have a 58.5% chance of winning the AFC North and a 99.9% chance of going to the playoffs.
- In terms of team balance the Ravens are among the best in the NFL. The graph below, from NFL Advanced Stats, plots NFL teams offensive and defensive performance. The graph annotations are our own. Teams in the upper right quadrant (where the Ravens are) are above average on both sides of the ball. Teams in the lower left quadrant are below average offensively and defensively.