Offense Unable to Solve Red Zone Woes
The Ravens inability to cash in their red zone opportunities cost them a game they otherwise dominated versus the Jaguars.
The Jaguars blitzed less often than recent Ravens opponents and Lamar Jackson moved the team effectively as a result. Let’s review:
The Ravens afforded Jackson ample time and space (ATS) on 13 of 33 (39%) drop backs resulting in a pass/sack. When Jackson had ATS, he completed 6 of 12 for 142 net yards (10.9 YPP, 1 sack).
Jackson delivered the ball before pressure could develop (BOQ) 7 times (21%) with 6 complete for 52 yards (7.4 YPP). He was pressured 13 times (39%), on which Jackson completed 4 of 13 passes for 57 net yards (4.4 YPP).
By number of pass rushers:
3: 2 plays, 74 yards, 37.0 YPP
4: 23 plays, 137 yards, 6.0 YPP, 1 sack
5: 7 plays, 42 yards, 6.0 YPP
6+: 1 play, 0 yards
The Jaguars rushed 5+ on 8 of 33 pass plays (24%) on which Jackson averaged 5.3 YPP.
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).
Mekari: Patrick played a solid game filling in for Stanley. He was beaten outside for a QH by OLB Key (Q2, 8:37). His only other pass rush event was a full pressure surrendered by bull rush to OLB Walker (Q2, 7:10). He was party to 2 penetrations (overran block on ILB Oluokun, full, Q1, 0:51; beaten inside by DL Gotsis, half, Q4, 2:16). He was also flagged for holding Walker to negate PR23 to Proche (Q4, 4:16). Of his 2 missed blocks, both were losses at the LoS. He scored on all 4 pulls (including 3 courtesies as trailer). He made 3 blocks in level 2 but did not have a pancake. His two highlights were a combination block (Q2, 9:22) and a canceled pull where he turned to pass block (Q3, 5:47).
Scoring: 67 plays, 61 blocks, 2 missed, 1.5 penetrations, 1 pressure, 1 QH, 1 holding, 47 points (.70 per play). That’s a C after adjustment.
Powers: Ben struggled as a run blocker. He was party to 3 penetrations (beaten inside while pulling by ILB Oluokun, full, Q1, 2:56; whiffed on OLB Allen while pulling, full, Q2, 6:33; bulled by DL Peters which knocked the pulling Moses off his pins, half, Q4, 2:16). He had 2 full pressures on the same drive (pancaked by DL Robertson-Harris, Q3, 6:09; beaten outside by Key, Q3, 3:00). He was also flagged for holding (offsetting with offside, Q1, 11:34). He had 2 missed blocks, of which 1 was a loss at the LoS. He scored only 8 on a possible 15 points on pulls and had 1 block in level 2. He registered a pancake but did not have a highlight.
Scoring: 67 plays, 60 blocks, 2 missed, 2.5 penetrations, 2 pressures, 1 holding, 45 points (.67 per play). That’s a D with or without adjustment.
Linderbaum: Tyler had one of his best games of the season. His only negative event was a pressure when bulled by DT Hamilton (Q3, 11:34). Of his 7 missed blocks 6 were losses at the LoS. He succeeded on all 5 of his pulls, had 3 blocks in level 2, but did not deliver a pancake. His highlight was a combination block on DT Hamilton then ILB Lloyd in L2 (Q1, 14:12).
Scoring: 67 plays, 59 blocks, 7 missed, 1 pressure, 57 points (.85 per play). That’s a B with adjustment.
Zeitler: Kevin had his worst game of the season. He allowed three full pressures (beaten inside by DL Robertson-Harris, Q1, 15:00; beaten outside by DL Smoot, Q1, 9:36; bulled by Smoot, Q2, 5:00). Of his 11 missed blocks only 3 were losses at the LoS. He connected on 3 of 6 pulls and made 2 blocks in level 2. He delivered one pancake but did not have a highlight.
Scoring: 67 plays, 53 blocks, 11 missed, 3 pressures, 47 points (.70 per play). That’s a D with or without adjustment.
Moses: Morgan was asked to display his mobility and did well. His only negative event was a pressure when bulled by OLB Allen (Q1, 2:16). Of his 10 missed blocks 5 were losses at the LoS. He had 9 blocks in level 2 including 1 pancake. He scored on 4 of 5 pulls including one freebie as the trailer. Of a team-leading three highlights, his most impressive was a level-2 pancake of ILB Oluokun on a pull to help lead Jackson’s RM8 (Q3, 11:28).
Scoring: 67 plays, 56 blocks, 10 missed, 1 pressure, 54 points (.81 per play). That’s a B with or without adjustment.