That’s still image proof of the separation Torrey Smith had on a throw Joe Flacco could really, really regret. They could also regret their inability to contain the usually tame BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
A few quick first half thoughts, stats, and observations…
- With 40 sacks in the regular season, the Patriots’ pass rush put the opposing quarterback on the ground 2.5 times per game. They sacked Flacco twice in just the first 11 minutes.
- Tom Brady had just 12 interceptions this season compared to 39 touchdown passes over his 611 pass attempts, and he needed an average of 50.9 attempts to throw a pick. Including his first half interception to Lardarius Webb, he’s now thrown six over his last 10 quarters against the Ravens dating back to 2009, bumping that average up significantly to one pick for every 11.3 attempts.
- Another Brady pick seems unlikely though given the lack of pocket pressure he’s faced, which is very uncharacteristic for a Ravens pass rush that finished with 48 sacks. In their last three meetings the Ravens sacked Brady nine times, pressure that resulted in 71 yards lost. They have one sack so far today, but Brady has looked comfortable and at ease, with Terrell Suggs’ silence quickly becoming deafening.
- The Ravens tied San Francisco for the fewest yards allowed per carry this year, routinely stuffing opposing rushers for an average of only 3.5 yards per carry. Now a week after they couldn’t contain Arian Foster and allowed him to run for 132 yards on 4.9 yards per carry, Green-Ellis is clipping along at an absurd 6.25 yards per carry (50 yards on eight carries).
- Those yards are coming from a running back who’s seen only sporadic outbursts of high-end production this year. Green-Ellis’ first half yards are already more than he had in 10 games this year. He often shared carries with Stevan Ridley and Danny Woodhead, a workload distribution that resulted in only 3.7 yards per carry, as well as four games when that number dipped below two yards per carry, and eight games when he had less than 30 total rushing yards.