On Now
Coming Up
  • Mon., Jul. 11, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM EDT Junior Ravens Cheerleaders Camp

    Designed to focus on specific competitive cheer skills, Junior Ravens is the perfect camp for competitive cheerleaders! Participants will have the chance to perform at our annual Fireworks Night during Training Camp at M&T Bank Stadium.

  • Wed., Jul. 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM EDT Lil Ravens Cheer Camp At the 2016 Ravens Cheerleaders Lil Ravens Summer Camp kids will enjoy activities and crafts including, individual cheerleading instruction, performance opportunities, autographs from the Ravens Cheerleaders, and an end-of-camp all-day celebration.
  • Mon., Aug. 01, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Training Camp Military Appreciation Day The first M&T Bank Stadium practice will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. This practice – free and open to all fans – coincides with the Ravens’ annual Military Appreciation Day. Approximately 3,500 special seats will be reserved for active service members and veterans who present valid military identification upon check-in at the stadium.
  • Sat., Aug. 06, 2016 6:00 PM EDT Training Camp Fireworks Night On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m., the second M&T Bank Stadium practice will showcase the organization’s third-annual Fireworks Night, an event highlighted by post-practice autographs for children and a fireworks/laser show.
  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Countdown To Kickoff Party Presented By Miller Lite Grammy Award®-nominated rock band 3 DOORS DOWN will perform at the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party Presented by Miller Lite on Friday, Sept. 9 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 2:00 PM EST Army vs. Navy Football Don't miss one of the greatest events you can ever attend! The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA returns to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 10, 2016

News

Print
RSS

Turnovers A Priority Heading Into Playoffs

Posted Jan 2, 2013

The Ravens set a franchise record in the fewest number of turnovers this season.

For the Ravens to make a run in the playoffs, Head Coach John Harbaugh pointed to one specific stat that will be critical: turnovers.

Turnovers – both forcing them on defense and avoiding them on offense – will go a long way in determining the success the Ravens have in the post season.

“We need to create more turnovers,” Harbaugh said. “That’s a huge part of it. That will be a big difference in the playoffs.”

The Ravens offense excelled at protecting the football during the regular season and turned the ball over just 16 times, the lowest mark in franchise history.  The 16 turnovers (11 interceptions and five fumbles) were the second-lowest in the NFL.

Defensively, the Ravens were in the middle of the pack at creating turnovers, as they came up with 13 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries. Those 25 takeaways are tied for 14th in the league.

Overall, the Ravens are tied for the eighth-best turnover margin with a 9 differential.  

But recently, the takeaways have been hard to come by, and the Ravens have lost four of their last five games heading into the postseason. In those four losses the Ravens forced just four turnovers, while giving the ball up seven times.

“We need to create those,” Harbaugh said. “We need to get pressure, knock the ball loose. We’ve had a couple of not-so-good breaks, as far as some review calls and things like that.”

In losses to the Broncos, Steelers, Redskins and Bengals, turnovers proved to be critical turning points in the games.

Quarterback Joe Flacco was strip/sacked against the Steelers and Redskins, which led to points on both occasions. In the lopsided loss to the Broncos, Flacco fumbled in the first half and then threw a pick six on the goal line as the Ravens were driving just before halftime. And against the Bengals, backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor had an interception returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the loss.

In Sunday’s wild-card matchup with the Colts, the Ravens are taking on a team with a propensity to give up the football. The Colts have turned the ball over 27 times this year, 10th most in the NFL, and have a -12 turnover differential.

Quarterback Andrew Luck is a leading candidate for NFL Rookie of the Year, but he has thrown 18 interceptions and a veteran Ravens defense will look to capitalize on any mistakes he makes.

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos