Now that the 2017 season is in the books, let’s take a closer look at the stats from the season.
Here are some notable numbers from the past year:
*1: *Baltimore had the top-ranked special teams unit in the league based on the stat DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) from the statistical-analysis website Football Outsiders. (DVOA is a stat that measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent. Here’s the full explanation).
With Justin Tucker, Sam Koch, Morgan Cox and company, the special-teams unit actually ranked in the top-10 in the website’s rankings over the last 30 years.
“Only 42 different teams since 1986 have managed a special teams DVOA above 7.0 percent, and four of those teams are recent Baltimore squads with Justin Tucker at kicker, Sam Koch at punter, and Jerry Rosburg as coordinator: 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2017,” wrote Football Outsiders Aaron Schatz.
*3: *Baltimore’s defense ranked third in the league based on DVOA. Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees retired this offseason after guiding the unit to the third-ranked finish to cap off his 45 years in the coaching profession.
*4.6: *Yards per carry that running back Alex Collins averaged throughout the season (973 yards on 212 carries). He ranked ninth in the league in this category, finishing ahead of players like the Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell and Oakland Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch.
*10.8: *The yards per punt return that Michael Campanaro averaged on his 27 returns this season, which was the best mark in the AFC. His 77-yard touchdown against the Bears was his longest of the season and was the fourth-longest in the league this year.
*18.6: *Average yards teams gained against the Ravens on kickoffs, which was the lowest mark in the NFL.
*21.42: *Miles per hour. That’s how fast wide receiver Mike Wallace was running on his 66-yard reception against the Detroit Lions, which was the fastest top-speed for any Ravens ball carrier this season, according to NextGen Stats. That ranked as the ninth-fastest top speed in the league and was also the Ravens’ longest offensive play of the season.
*26.4: *Points per game scored by Baltimore’s offense in the final nine games of the season, which ranked fourth in the NFL. This number does not include defensive touchdowns (which would have bumped the number to 29.4, the second-most overall points per game in the final nine games).
*27: *Sacks allowed by the Ravens offensive line, which ranked as the seventh-fewest in the NFL this year. The Ravens allowed only eight sacks over the final seven games, which was the second-best mark in the league. The development of the offensive line was one of the most impressive storylines of the season, as the unit overcome the losses of starting guard Marshal Yanda and Alex Lewis.
*34: *Turnovers forced by Baltimore’s defense this season, which was the best mark in the NFL. The unit had an NFL-leading 22 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries.
*40: *Punts downed inside the 20-yard line, the best mark in the NFL. Koch dazzled this season by pinning teams deep in their territory, and the Ravens had a wide margin in this area as the second-best team (Dallas) had 34 punts downed inside the 20.
116.3: *The yards traveled by Bobby Rainey on his wild kickoff return touchdown against the Chicago Bears in Week 6, Baltimore’s longest play of the season, *according to Next Gen Stats. The touchdown came in strange fashion because the Bears thought Rainey was tackled on the play, but he was never touched down and he hopped up to run for the score.
*141: *Points scored by Tucker, which tied the franchise record that he set in 2016. He hit 34 of 37 field-goal attempts and all 39 of his extra points.
*749: *Penalty yards, the third-fewest in the NFL this year.