If you are a Ravens’ fan, you need cheering up so maybe you shouldn’t read this. Here are 10 facts that show how far the Ravens (1-5) have fallen. Big props to CSN Mid-Atlantic researcher Rich Goldberg for compiling much of this information:
1. In six opening drives this season, the Ravens have produced zero points.
The Ravens have five punts and a fumble in opening drives so far. So if you’re in church on a Ravens’ game day, and thinking about walking out on the sermon, don’t do it. If you miss the Ravens’ first drive, you’re not likely to miss much.
2. The Ravens have lost all five games by a total of 22 points.
That ties a record for 1-5 teams.The 1933 Chicago Cardinals were also 1-5, losing all five by a total of 22 points. If you can’t remember a 1-5 team losing this many close games so quickly, you shouldn’t. Unless you remember those 1933 Cardinals.
3. Joe Flacco has thrown more interceptions in road games (29) than any quarterback since 2013.
Next in line are Peyton Manning (23), Matt Ryan (21), Eli Manning (20), and Philip Rivers (20). Usually, Flacco would love to be in the same company with those guys. But not when it comes to throwing fourth-quarter picks.
4. Four quarterbacks have already thrown for more than 340 yards against the Ravens.
Last season, only three quarterbacks topped 340 yards against the Ravens all season. Their names were Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger. This year, the quarterbacks who have topped 300 against the Ravens are Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, and Josh McCown.
5. On third down, the Ravens have surrendered a first down 47.8 percent of the time.
Only the Jaguars defense has a worse third-down percentage (50 percent) against.
6. The Ravens have given up six touchdown passes of 20 yards or more.
Only the Redskins have given up as many 20-yard plus TD passes.
7. The Ravens are tied for the worst record in the NFL with the Chiefs, Lions, and Jaguars.
Maybe that’s good news if you are looking forward to the draft. The Ravens have never drafted higher than fourth. Next year, they might.
8. Since winning Super Bowl XLVII, the Ravens are just a.500 team (20-20), including regular season and playoffs.
More ammunition for those who believe the Ravens’ front office and coaches overrated their talent heading into the season.
9. The Ravens have lost three games this season after holding a fourth-quarter lead.
The worst part is that two of those games were at home, against the Bengals and Browns. Remember when opponents feared coming to M&T Bank Stadium?
10. Since 1990, when the NFL adopted its current playoff format, no team has made the playoffs after starting 1-5.
Translation: Start making your January vacation plans.