10 Ravens Regular-Season Stats You Need To Know


Before the Ravens enter the playoffs, let's take a look back at the regular season.

Here are some stats that shouldn't be lost.

1.       Offense Sets Franchise Records

The Ravens offense struggled down the stretch, but came alive just enough in the regular-season finale to set a pair of big franchise records. The Ravens set a single-season franchise record with 409 points, breaking 2012's mark of 398. The Ravens also averaged 365 yards per game, breaking their previous 1996 record of 358 yards per contest.

2.       Dominant Home Defense

The Ravens defense gets fired up to play in front of its loud fans. Baltimore allowed 13.5 points per game at M&T Bank Stadium in 2014, posting the NFL's top home defensive average. The Ravens are 24-0 during Harbaugh's tenure when allowing 10 points or less at home, which they did in five home games this season.

3.       Joe Flacco Comes Up Just Short Of 4K

Flacco continues to flirt with 4,000 passing yards. He posted a career-high 3,986 yards this season, just 14 shy of the milestone. Flacco threw for 3,912 yards last year and 3,817 yards in 2012, so he keeps inching closer and closer. The quarterback's attempts dropped from 614 last season to 555 this year.

4.       Steve Smith Tops 1,000 Yards … Again

With eight catches for 90 yards Sunday against Cleveland, wide receiver Steve Smith topped 1,000 yards for the eighth time in his career. He finished with 79 catches for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns. Smith is also 14th on the NFL's all-time receiving list, surpassing Hall of Famer Andre Reed.

5.       Forsett Finished Strong

Running back Justin Forsett finished his breakout 2014 campaign with 17 carries for 119 yards. He ended the year ranked fifth in rushing yards in the NFL (1,266) and atop the league in average yards per carry among running backs (5.4). Forsett set a Ravens' single-season record by producing 17 runs of 20 or more yards, which also led the league.

6.       Torrey's Touchdowns

Torrey Smith notched 11 receiving touchdowns during the regular season, the second-most in Ravens' single-season history behind Michael Jackson (14) in 1996. With 30 career touchdown catches, Smith passed Derrick Mason (29) for the most among wide receivers second most in Ravens history behind tight end Todd Heap (41). Smith had seven touchdowns in the final eight games. 7.       McPhee's Career Year

For years, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee has been chasing his rookie production when he had six sacks in 2011. With two sacks Sunday against the Browns, McPhee set a career season-high with 7.5 quarterback drops this year. The pending unrestricted free agent had a breakout year with 27 tackles, four passes defensed and one forced fumble.

8.       Pair Of Tackling Machines

Pro Bowl rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley got a lot of the attention this year, but he wasn't the only one making tackles for the Ravens. Veteran inside linebacker Daryl Smith finished with 128 tackles, just five fewer than the rookie. Mosley and Smith both finished in the NFL's top 10 in tackles at seventh and tenth, respectively. No team has had two in the top 10 since 2010 (Buffalo's Paul Posluszny and Donte Whitner).

9.       Sack Duo Tops League

Outside linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs had their sights set on being the league's best pass-rush duo and they pulled it off. Dumervil (17 sacks) and Suggs (12) finished atop the league with 29 combined. Kansas City made a run at it at the end as Justin Houston notched four sacks in Week 17 to finish with 22 on the year. But his sidekick, Tamba Hali, had just six sacks. Denver's Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, who were the top competition for much of the year, faded late and posted 24.

10.   Lacking Thieves

This one is not as flattering, but the Ravens' interception lead this year was split between defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and Mosley. They each had two. Seven other Ravens notched one interception this season. The last time Baltimore didn't have a player with more than two picks at season's end was 2005 when the ultimate ball-hawk, safety Ed Reed, missed six games. He had just one interception that year.

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