Protecting vs Numbers
The Chargers rushed 5+ on 20 of 30 plays resulting in a pass or sack vs the Ravens.
Jackson had ample time and space (ATS) on 7 of 30 drop backs (23%), less than half as often as he was afforded that protection vs the Colts. When Jackson had ATS, he was 4/7 for 55 yards, 7.9 YPP with 1 INT. That’s not good, but without ATS, he was 15/20 for 85 net yards (including 3 sacks), 3.9 YPP with 1 INT.
The Ravens again used eligible receivers to help their tackles. For the game, they used 18 Set blockers and 11 chip blockers (.97 per play), their highest rate of the season. The tactic helped reduce Bosa’s pressure rate in particular
The Ravens ran 70 scored snaps (excludes accepted penalties which result in no play, kneels, spikes, and special teams plays that result in a run or pass).
Villanueva: Alejandro had a solid outing. He surrendered parts of 2 sacks (bulled by OLB Uchenna Nwosu for 1/3 share, Q2, 1:14; beaten outside by Nwosu for 2/3 share, Q2, 0:24). He also gave up a full QH when beaten outside by spin DE Jerry Tillery (Q3, 0:44). He missed 7 blocks, 5 of which were losses at the LoS. He made 2 blocks in level 2 and had 2 pancakes and made 4 of 5 pulls. I did not record a highlight.
Scoring: 66 plays, 55 blocks, 7 missed, 1.5 QH, 1 (1/3 + 2/3) sack, 44.5 points (.67 per play). That’s a C with adjustment.
Powers: Ben continued his consistent play in a complete game at guard. He surrendered 2 full pressures (beaten inside then slipped off OLB Kyler Fackrell Q1, 9:55; bulled by DT Linval Joseph Q2, 3:22). Among 7 missed blocks only 3 were losses at the LoS. He made 11 of 15 pulls, made 4 blocks in level 2, and delivered 2 pancakes. His highlight was an illegal use of hands drawn on DE Tillery (Q1, 7:16).
Scoring: 66 plays, 56 blocks, 7 missed, 2 pressures, ½ QH, 50.5 points (.77 per play). That’s a C+ after adjustment.
Bozeman: Bradley had his 3rd consecutive difficult game. He allowed a full sack when beaten left by DT Joseph (Q2, 9:09). He otherwise had only 1 other shared pressure in an abbreviated game. All his 5 missed blocks were losses at the LoS. He was not assigned to pull and made 2 blocks in level 2, but did not have a pancake. His highlight was a combination block on DT Joseph then LB Nick Niemann in level 2 (Q2, 2:44).
Scoring: 43 plays, 36 blocks, 5 missed, 1/2 pressure, 1 sack, 29 points (.67 per play). That’s a high F after adjustment
Colon: Trystan played well in relief of Bozeman. He did not have any negative plays. Of his 5 missed blocks, only 2 were losses at the LoS. He had 2 blocks in level 2 and missed on both of his pulls. His highlights were a pair of combination blocks (Q3, 4:40; Q3, 3:23).
Scoring: 23 plays, 18 blocks, 5 missed, 18 points (.78 per play). That’s a C after adjustment.
Zeitler: Kevin was solid despite some pass-blocking struggles. He surrendered 2 full pressures (bulled by DT Christian Covington Q1, 7:53; bulled by DT Joseph Q1, 3:19). He also shared two other pressures. Of his 3 missed blocks, none were losses at the LoS. He made 3 blocks in level 2, but did not deliver a pancake, and connected on 4 of 6 pulls. I did not record a highlight.
Scoring: 64 plays, 58 blocks, 3 missed, 3 (2 + 2*1/2) pressures, 52 points (.81 per play). That’s a B after adjustment.
Mekari: Patrick again played well, particularly considering his assignment. He surrendered portions of 2 sacks (bulled then shed by OLB Joey Bosa for 1/3 share Q2, 1:14; beaten outside by OLB Bosa for 1/3 share Q2, 0:24). He failed to pick up the stunt by LB Kyzir White for a QH (Q1, 10:46). Of his 4 missed blocks, 2 were losses at the LoS, made 6 blocks in level 2, and delivered 1 pancake. He made 2 of his 3 pulls. Of 2 highlights, his more impressive was a series of 3 blocks applied to OLB Bosa as Jackson’s scramble wound back and forth along the LoS for a 1-yard gain (Q1, 6:54).
Scoring: 66 plays, 58 blocks, 4 missed, 1.5 QH, .67 (1/3 + 1/3) sacks, 49.5 points (.75 per play). That’s a B after adjustment.
Phillips: Tyre played 2 total snaps. He made 1 block.
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Thanks for another great article, Ken. It’s a shame to see that Bozeman is still having trouble at Center, especially considering how solid he was at Left Guard last season. Do you think that the team would be better off with TCC at Center on a consistent basis? And if so, do you think that the team could then slide Bozeman back to Left Guard? Although Powers has been playing Left Guard serviceably, his marks are not as high as Bozeman’s marks there last season.