Hola Razzballers! I’ve been writing a weekly article for the Razz for about a month now and I’ve loved every second of it. So first and foremost, thank you to everyone for reading my article; it makes the research and writing all the more worthwhile. I hope and plan to be a part of this website for weeks to come.
Secondly, I wanted to tell everyone that I am slightly changing how I answer questions in the comment section. After a statistical based college career, I have developed the ability to develop and analyze statistical data to fit almost any situation. Statistics are a great way to analyze trades or start/sit dilemmas, but like everyone at one time or another, I am guilty of using too much of a good thing. Statistics should only be used to gain knowledge, rather than be the driving force in a decision. In the past, I only answered with the numbers because I put a higher level of importance on a statistics than a hunch. After a few weeks, I’ve realized that’s not the way to go around it. I will now be answering questions with both statistical data and my gut feeling, so that the readers can get every bit of information out of their question.
With that said, stats are still important…so here you go ladies and gents.
The Baltimore Ravens need Home Cooking.
Baltimore is 4-0 outscoring opponents nearly 2 to 1 (128-65) at home. Away from M&T Bank Stadium the Ravens post an underwhelming 2-3 record, outscoring opponents only 97-87. You take out an outlier 37-7 away win against the Rams and the Ravens are 1-3 and are being outscored 60-80 as the visitors. It doesn’t help their case that their 3 away losses have come to the Titans, Jaguars and Seahawks… ouch.
The Saints Do Too
At home, the Saints average just under 40 PPG (39.75), Drew Brees connects on over 75% (75.7) of his passes, and the Saints rush for 5.5 YPC. The Saints play 4 of their remaining 6 games at home. Sweet, sweet music.
Schaub’s Loss is Foster’s gain?
The Houston Texans lead the league in rushing attempts with 357, which is 67 more attempts than the next closest team (Jags). Arian Foster is currently averaging 148 yards per game, best among non QBs. Schaub is now injured for the season. Soon to come: the Arian Foster/Ben Tate show anyone?
Pittsburgh Steelers Anomaly
You may know the Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for the best record in the AFC (7-3). What you may not have known is that they are also tied for the worst turnover margin in the league (-10).
Speaking of Anomalies…
The Jets defense is top 10 in: QBR against (2nd), Passing TD allowed (tied 2nd), YPC allowed (tied 8th), 3rd down percentage (2nd), fumbles forced (7th), and interceptions (tied 4th). Yet they allow a middle-of-the-pack 22.2 PPG.
Two teams currently allow over 400 YPG – Patriots (412) and Bucs (401.2)
The Eagles can’t be THIS bad, can they?
The Philadelphia Eagles are 1-5 against teams with a winning record and are 2-1 against teams with a losing record. If this trend continues, the Eagles’ projected end of the season record will stand at 6-10. Ironically, Philadelphia has been favored to win 8 of 9 games this season.
In week 10, there were 12 missed field goals and a blocked extra point. Two of the misses came from within 25 yards (22, 24).
Tim Tebow threw for only 2 completions on 8 attempts in a 17-10 win against the Chiefs.
The other Harbaugh
The 49ers have yet to allow a rushing touchdown on the season (I will mention this every week until the streak ends). What you may not have known is that the other Harbaugh and the Ravens are also the top 3 in almost every major statistical defensive rushing category: YPA against, TD against, rushes of 20+ yards against, rushes of 40+ yards against, and fumbles forced.
Dan Orlovsky is on pace to become the only player to be on two winless teams. He was a member of the 2008 Detroit Lions and is currently on the Indianapolis Colts. Rumors are spreading that Orlovsky is going to start next week… so I guess the fate is in his hands. He’s probably looking for a different type of luck than the rest of the Colts squad.