Numbers To Rave About


For the last few seasons, quarterback Joe Flacco has said several times that he expects the Ravens to have one of the best offenses in the NFL.

If the first four games of the 2014 season are an indication, the Ravens are well on their way to reaching that level.

The offense has been the talk of the town after an impressive 38-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers Sunday, and here are some numbers to rave about with this year's team: 137.4:Flacco's quarterback rating Sunday against the Panthers. Not only was this the best quarterback rating in Flacco's career, but it was the best QB rating in Ravens franchise history.

15: The number of games in Flacco's career that he's thrown for at least three touchdowns.

100:The number of games Flacco and Head Coach John Harbaugh have been together in Baltimore.

76.9:The percentage of third downs the Ravens converted against Carolina (10-of-13), which set a franchise record. An impressive seven different players converted third downs for the Ravens.

429:Receiving yards this season by veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. He ranks third in the league behind Jordy Nelson and Julio Jones.

35:Steve Smith Sr.'s age. But he doesn't look like most 35-year-olds in the NFL. Smith has become the oldest player in NFL history to record 400 yards in the first four games of the season.

394.2:Yards per game that the Ravens are averaging on offense, which ranks sixth best in the NFL.

1997:The last time the Ravens had an offense that finished the season ranked in the top 10 in total yards. The Ravens finished that season ranked ninth in the NFL.

101-45:The Ravens' score differential against opponents since the second half of the season opener against Cincinnati. The Ravens fell behind the Bengals 16-0 in the first half of Week 1, but the offense has put up points in bunches since those first two quarters.

157, 160, 125:Baltimore's rushing totals for the last three games. The current stretch is the first time since 2009 the Ravens have topped 125 rushing yards in three-straight games since 2009.

0:Sacks the Ravens have allowed the last three games. This is the first time in Flacco's career he's gone without getting sacked during a three-game stretch.

3-1:Baltimore's record. This is the fifth time the Ravens have started the season 3-1 under Harbaugh, and in every previous season they ended up going to the playoffs. Since the playoff format expanded to 12 teams in 1990, 63.4 percent of teams that started the season 3-1 reached the postseason.

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