Passing/Pressure Analysis

Jackson was afforded ample time and space (ATS) on 8 of 25 (32%) drop backs resulting in a pass/sack.  With ATS, he threw for 56 yards (7.0 YPP), 1 sack. 

He delivered the ball before pressure could develop (BOQ) 8 times (32%) with 7 complete for 59 yards (7.4 YPP).  He was pressured 9 times (36%), on which he completed 5 of 7 passes for 10 net yards (1.1 YPP) with 2 sacks. 

So it would be fair to say Lamar slightly underperformed relative to his opportunity set (approximately 25 yards shy of expectations) before his scramble contributions are considered.  The fact he threw 2 TDs and was not intercepted made it an outstanding performance.

By number of pass rushers:

3:  none

4:  4 plays, 32 net yards, 8.0 YPP

5:  11 plays, 64 net yards, 5.8 YPP, 2 sacks

6:  10 plays, 27 net yards, 2.7 YPP, 1 sack

The Texans rushed 5 or more on 21 of 25 (84%) plays resulting in a pass or sack on which the Ravens averaged 4.3 YPP. 

OL Scoring

The Ravens ran 67 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 had his best game of the year.  His only negative event was a false start.  Of his 5 missed blocks, 4 were losses at the LoS.  He had 5 blocks in level 2 and delivered 4 pancakes.  He connected on both of his pulls.  He had 2 highlights plus 2 other exceptional blocks in space in front of Lamar.

Scoring:  56 plays, 51 blocks, 5 missed, 1 false start, 48 points (.86 per play).  That’s an A after adjustment.   

Stanley had greatly improved mobility and flexibility.  He maintained his fine mirror but was able to do so without giving nearly as much ground as he has all year.  His play as well as that of Moses is peaking at an ideal time.

The image of Lamar refusing his hand to get up after he was slow to engage and his 2 outstanding subsequent blocks in space will be visual memories I’ll take from 2023.

Simpson:  John continued a streak of poor play.  He was party to 4 pass-rush events, (failed to pick up stunt DE Anderson, full QH, Q1, 9:24; bulled by the blitzing LB Cashman, 1/6 sack, Q2, 7:21; failed to pick up stunting LB Harris, full sack, Q2, 0:25; bulled by DT Davis, full pressure, Q3, 12:52).  Of his 3 missed blocks, none were losses at the LoS.  He had 9 blocks in level 2 and delivered 1 pancake.  He connected on 4 of 6 pulls.  He had 5 highlights, the most impressive of which was a block to tee up DT Hinish followed by a spin to block DE Anderson.

Scoring:  65 plays, 57 blocks, 3 missed, 1 pressure, 1 QH, 1.17 (1 + 1/6) sacks, 1 offensive holding, 39 points (.60 per play).  That’s an F even with adjustment (1 point short of passing).

Simpson clearly has some talent and physical gifts, but he’s had a full regular season to improve his penalty rate and has not done so.  Since recording 3 As between weeks 7 and 10, his last 8 games have included 6 grades of D+ or less with 1 F.

Linderbaum:  Tyler had a solid but unspectacular game.  He was party to 2 pressure events (bulled by DT Hinish, full pressure, Q2, 9:18 and bulled by DT Davis to phonebooth pocket, 1/3 sack, Q2, 7:21).  Of his 7 missed blocks, 3 were losses at the LoS.  He had 6 blocks in level 2 but did not deliver a pancake.  He connected on both of his pull assignments.  He had 3 highlight combination blocks.

Scoring: 67 plays, 58 blocks, 7 missed, 1 pressure, 1/3 sack, 54 points (.81 per play).  That’s a C+ with adjustment.

Zeitler:  Kevin returned to action after missing games against Miami and Pittsburgh.  He was beaten outside by DT Hinish on what became a 7-yard sack, Q2, 7:21.  I charged him with half of the sack with shares going to Simpson and Linderbaum.  Lamar also ran him out of 2 pressures, (Q1, 11:34 and Q2, 5:14).  Of his 4 missed blocks, 3 were losses at the LoS.  He had 4 blocks in level 2 and did not deliver a pancake.  He connected on his only pull.  He did not have a highlight.

Scoring:  60 plays, 55 blocks, 4 missed, ½ sack, 52 points (.87 per play). That’s a B with no adjustment due to Lamar running him out of pressures.

Moses: Morgan looked good primarily against 3rd-overall pick Will Anderson.  He had no negative events, however Lamar did run him out of 1 pressure (Q1, 11:34).  Of his 6 missed blocks, 2 were losses at the LoS.  He had 6 blocks in level 2 and delivered 3 pancakes.  He made all 3 of his pulls.  He did not have a highlight.

Scoring:  64 plays, 58 blocks, 6 missed, 58 points (.91 per play).  That’s an A with or without adjustment.

Morgan continued a fine technical season.  I see no reason why he won’t be a Raven in 2024 (the last year of his current deal) and perhaps even thereafter on an extension.

Mekari:  Patrick had a solid game in relief of Stanley playing just 1 series in the first half. Both of his missed blocks were losses at the LoS.  He made his only pull and delivered a pancake. 

Scoring:  11 plays, 9 blocks, 2 missed, 9 points (.82 per play).  He, like Faalele and Cleveland, does not receive a grade since he was below the minimum 20 snap threshold. 

Faalele: Daniel replaced Moses for 1 series in Q2 and made all 3 blocks.  He then played the final 2 snaps at LG and was charged with 1.5 penetrations (beginning Q4, 3:17).

Scoring:  5 plays, 3 blocks, 1.5 penetrations, 0 points.

Cleveland: Sam played 1 snap as a 6th offensive lineman and replaced Zeitler for the final 7 plays at RG.  His only missed block was a loss at the LoS.

Scoring:  8 plays, 7 blocks, 1 missed, 7 points (.88 per play).

Ben does not receive a grade for this game, but he has an aggregate raw score of .84 for the season over 162 scored snaps, which is almost 3 games at a high B level at guard after adjustment.