In this stats-crazy world that football fans live in, theres numbers available for just about any situations. If theres a stat you cant find, its probably because you just didnt look hard enough.
Some of the stats seem a bit silly to me, but occasionally ones come up that are very interesting and say something. Like the one that popped up recently which showed that quarterback Joe Flacco has thrown 31 touchdowns but no interceptions in the red zone in the past two seasons.
No matter which way you like at those numbers, theyre pretty impressive. Its easy to say that Flaccos not a Kenny Stabler-type of quarterback (or Brett Favre, for the younger readers), a guy who loves to roll the dice and isnt afraid to throw into double-coverage.
Flaccos careful with what he does. He wont gamble that much, but the quarterback wants to get results in a good way, something he talked about when speaking with the media after practice recently.
Youve got to be smart in the red zone, and you want to score points, Flacco said. You really want to score touchdowns. When you get down there, you have to put the ball in the end zone in this league. In this era of football, you really have to put touchdowns on the board as much as you can.
But Flacco said hes not sure where the 31 TDs stacks up compared to others. The key, as he also said, is the zero turnovers.
When the Ravens are getting close to the goal line, these numbers mean theyre getting something, which is crucial in the pass-happy NFL. The Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2000 by living heavily off field goals and the ability of Matt Stover on offense.
But that wont be good enough any more. The game is changing, and points are needed. Thats why the 31 TDs compared to zero picks is impressive.
The biggest thing for me is Id like to see that grow and having 60 touchdowns and no picks so that we can put even more points on the board and put more pressure on the other teams offense, get more turnovers and things like that, he said.