The Ravens played an imperfect offensive game with many missed opportunities, but the offensive line were the hidden heroes despite 4 sacks allowed.
How could that possibly be true? Let’s examine:
· Of the 4 sacks, only 1 was fully charged to a lineman (Bozeman) with Brown taking a 1/3 share of another. The 3rd was charged to Justice Hill and the 4th came on an unblocked safety blitz.
· Jackson was hit on only 2 other occasions, charged to Skura and Stanley, respectively.
· There were only 6 pressures I otherwise charged to the OL, 2 to Skura and 1 each to Stanley, Bozeman, Yanda, and Brown
· The line was not penalized
The Ravens ran 66 scored snaps (excludes accepted penalties which result in no play, kneels, spikes, and special teams plays that result in a run or pass).
Stanley: Ronnie was outstanding for the third consecutive game. He surrendered a QH when beaten outside by Vernon (Q4, 11:38) on what became Jackson’s ad lib shovel pass to Hill. He allowed just 1 other pressure when bulled by Garrett (Q1, 2:45). He missed just 1 block where he gave ground to Garrett (Q3, 14:52). Stanley had 6 blocks in level 2, and delivered 1 pancake. Of his 2 highlights, the more creative was in support of Jackson’s 7-yard run (Q4, 14:56). On that play, he first stood up DT Larry Ogunjobi at the LoS then retreated into the backfield to block Miles Garrett to keep him from mounting a dangerous backside pursuit.
Scoring: 66 plays, 63 blocks, 1 missed, 1 pressure, 1 QH, 58 points (.88 per play). That’s an A with or without an adjustment. Assuming he signs his next contract with the Ravens, there is a Ring of Honor spot reserved for him on or about 2033.
Bozeman: Bradley rebounded from an early sack allowed to Olivier Vernon to play well. Vernon pushed Bozeman down with 1 hand when he failed to maintain a wide base (Q1, 12:54) en route to a fast 8-yard sack. Bozeman gave up only 1 other pressure to DT Davaroe Lawrence (Q3, 14:52). He cut his missed blocks to 4, which included only 2 losses at the line of scrimmage (LoS). He converted all 5 of his pulls, improving to 31 of 36 for the season. Bradley had 7 blocks in level 2 and delivered 2 pancakes. The more impressive of his 2 highlights was a pull where he bullied S Jermaine Whitehead for 12+ yards in level 2 to lead Ingram’s 18-yard run.
Scoring: 66 plays, 60 blocks, 4 missed, 1 pressure, 1 sack, 52 points (.79 per play). That’s a B- after adjustment.
Skura: Matt played another solid, but unspectacular game. He was pancaked by DT Ogunjobi, which led to a QH by obstructing Yanda’s ability to block DT Lawrence. He gave up 2 other full pressures to Ogunjobi. Skura made 8 blocks in level 2 and converted his only pull. He had 2 highlight combination blocks, each of which began with Ogunjobi and finished with Wilson.
Scoring: 66 plays, 59 blocks, 4 missed, 2 pressures, 1 QH, 52 points (.79 per play). That’s a C after adjustment at center.
Yanda: Marshal had his fourth consecutive raw score between .89 and .92 (each an A with adjustment). He was beaten inside by DT Lawrence for a penetration (Q4,14:19) to drop Ingram for a loss of 3. He also surrendered a pressure when bulled by DT Sheldon Richardson (Q4, 6:56). I did not score him for any other negative events as either a pass or run blocker. He made 1 block in level 2 and had 1 pancake. Marshal pulled successfully on all 3 of his assignments. On his highlight, he teed up DT Lawrence for Brown at the LoS, then peeled back to knock Ogunjobi past the pocket as Jackson took off for a 17-yard run (Q3, 14:01).
Scoring: 66 plays, 63 blocks, 1 missed, 1 penetration, 1 pressure, 59 points (.89 per play). That’s an A with adjustment.
Brown: Orlando narrowly missed his best career game. He allowed a full pressure by bull rush from DE Chris Smith (Q4, 9:30). He also contributed to a sack (Q3, 12:03) when he failed to pick up the blitzing LB Wilson, who flushed Jackson on what would eventually be a sack for no loss. Brown missed 2 blocks, 1 of which was a loss at the LoS by bull rush. He had 3 blocks in level 2, but did not register a pancake. His highlight was a combination on DT Ogunjobi, then Schobert to help lead Ingram’s 8 yard run (Q3, 8:37).
Scoring: 66 plays, 62 blocks, 2 missed, 1 pressure, 1/3 sack, 58 points (.88 per play). That’s an A with or without adjustment.
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