Pro Football Focus: Nuggets from the Ravens Game

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 24: Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns reacts on the field during the closing moments of the Browns 2014 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Each week, Pro Football Focus takes a quick look back at each of the game's that took place in the previous week and analyzes them. Their review of the Browns vs. Ravens game is now live. After the jump is a recap of some of the interesting things had to say, along with my own commentary.

  • In my complete game review, I praised the efforts of cornerbacks Joe Haden and Sheldon Brown, as I was unable to recall an instance where one of the two even gave up a reception to a Baltimore receiver. According to PFF, it turns out that I was right:
    Combined, Flacco went after Brown and Haden just seven times – and that was seven times too many with no receptions, three passes defensed and an interception to show for it. The interception was a touchdown saving pick in the end zone, on a pass from Flacco to Lee Evans (-0.9) on 3rd-and-7 with 14:14 left in the game. That touchdown would have put the game out of reach and while they couldn’t complete the comeback, Brown and Haden can hold their heads high after a fine performance.
    Flacco completed under 50 percent of his passes on the day, so our entire secondary really did a decent job defending his passes down the field.

  • How did Flacco throw for two touchdown passes then? I covered this already, but both passes were against linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. Jackson was docked a few points for that on PFF, but they still graded him positively on the day. PFF cites that Jackson was a pass rusher seven times, and out of those seven plays, he had one quarterback hit and four quarterback pressures.
  • I swear to you -- I did not read this PFF feature until after I wrote and published my game review! They echoed my thoughts on Seneca Wallace, saying that he is not playing terribly, but is not the type of quarterback that is going to be a significant difference maker. In other interesting nuggets, Joshua Cribbs' punt return was the only punt return for positive yardage in the game, and Baltimore missed more tackles (six) than Cleveland did (three). Some of those misses had to come courtesy of Greg Little's nifty moves, I imagine.
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