Passing/Pressure Analysis

Jackson was afforded ample time and space (ATS) on 10 of 22 (45%) drop backs resulting in a pass/sack.  With ATS, he threw for 172 yards (17.2 YPP) with 1 sack. 

He delivered the ball before pressure could develop (BOQ) 8 times (36%) with 6 complete for 48 yards (6.0 YPP).  He was pressured only 4 times (18%), on which he completed all 4 passes for 93 net yards (23.3 YPP).  While it was only 4 occurrences, the YPP under pressure tops the 22.4 versus the Lions as his best result with pressure in 2023 and it’s the best single game I have ever recorded for any QB.

By number of pass rushers:

3:  none

4:  12 plays, 94 net yards, 7.3 YPP, 1 sack

5:  9 plays, 211 net yards, 23.4 YPP

6+:  1 play, 7 net yards

The Dolphins, like the 49ers the previous week, chose to rushed 5+ on exactly 43% of plays.  Lamar threw for an incredible 21.8 YPP with 5+ rushing.  Since the Dolphins only got 4 pressures the entire game, it’s apparent that Lamar either 1) got the ball out quickly or 2) the Ravens picked up the extra man effectively on at least 6 of these 10 plays. 

OL Scoring

The Ravens ran 53 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 played 37 snaps and had his best game of the season.  He was party to only 1 pressure event, a botched stunt handoff with Simpson that became a QH by OLB Chubb (Q1, 3:39).  He was picked off the play as he and Simpson failed to match depth.  Of his 3 missed blocks, 2 were losses at the LoS.  He did not have any blocks in level 2 and delivered 2 pancakes.  He was pancaked on his only pull attempt.  He had 3 highlights, the most impressive of which was an inside shove of Sieler followed by a pancake of ILB David Long which impeded Chubb from getting back into a run by Edwards (Q3, 14:16).

Scoring:  37 plays, 33 blocks, 3 missed, ½ QH, 31.5 points (.85 per play).  That’s an A after adjustment.   

Simpson:  John had his fourth consecutive D. He drew his 10th penalty of the year with an offensive holding of DT Sieler which appeared marginal (Q1, 2:55) but nonetheless stalled the drive. He was party to only 1 pressure event, a shared QH with Stanley (see above).  He was also spared a pressure when Lamar ran out of trouble for a 2-yard gain (Q2, 1:43) for which I reduced his adjustment.  Of his 6 missed blocks, 3 were losses at the LoS.  He had 3 blocks in level 2 and delivered 1 pancake.  He connected on 9 of 11 pulls.  His highlight was a good stunt handoff with Linderbaum (Q2, 1:36).

Scoring:  53 plays, 46 blocks, 6 missed, ½ QH, 1 offensive holding, 38.5 points (.73 per play).  That’s a D.

Simpson’s lack of progress reducing his penalties may be frustrating the Ravens.  He has picked up 95 yards in penalties this season (2 FS, 6 OH, 1 IH, 1 UR) which have stalled 6 drives.  As a point of comparison, Zeitler has 35 yards of penalties.  Had Simpson’s penalties been only 35 yards, he and Zeitler (a legitimate Pro Bowl candidate) would have matching raw scores (.80).

Harbaugh can have a trick or 2 up his sleeve come playoff time.  Prior to the 2012 Super Bowl run, he inserted McKinnie at LT for the week 17 finale, moved Oher to RT (he had ranked 40th of 54 tackles during the RS per PFF), moved Osemele of LG, and benched Jah Reid.  Could a switch to Cleveland at LG be possible if the Simpson continues to struggle versus the Steelers?

Linderbaum:  Tyler earned his 5th A of the season.  He was not party to any pressure events.  It appeared he forgot the snap count as at least 4 other offensive players moved (Q3, 10:34).  Of his 2 missed blocks, 1 was a loss at the LoS.  He had 3 blocks in level 2 but did not deliver a pancake.  He connected on his only pull.  He did not have a highlight.

Scoring: 50 plays, 48 blocks, 2 missed, 1 false start, 45 points (.90 per play).  That’s an A after adjustment.

Cleveland:  Ben played his best game since the finale vs Pittsburgh in 2021.  He was not party to any pass rush events.  His false start was his only negative score.   Of his 6 missed blocks, only 1 was a loss at the LoS.  He had 2 blocks in level 2 and did not deliver a pancake.  He connected on 1 of his 2 pulls.  He did not have a highlight.

Scoring:  53 plays, 47 blocks, 6 missed, 1 false start, 44 points (.83 per play). That’s a B with adjustment.

Ben looked a little lost trying to find blocks past the LoS but appeared comfortable with left-to-right processing at RG on pass plays.  His play could have a big impact on the 2024 cap.

Moses: Morgan recorded his best game of the season and came up just 1 point short of the 2nd A+ of the year for any Raven lineman (Mekari, week 9 vs. Sea).  He was not party to any pressure events.  He missed 2 blocks, 1 of which was a loss at the LoS.  He had 3 blocks in level 2 and delivered 2 pancakes.  He made his only pull.  He had 2 highlights, the more impressive of which was a block of LB Riley in level 2 followed by a push of Gordon into the endzone (Q4, 4:19).

Scoring:  38 plays, 36 blocks, 0 missed, 36 points (.95 per play).  That’s an A with or without adjustment.

Moses was outstanding both in terms of both managing space of defenders from Jackson on pass plays and maintaining his run blocks.  Despite sitting out 15 snaps, his game Sunday was about as good as you’ll see from a RT.

Mekari:  Patrick relieved Stanley for 16 plays.  He surrendered a pressure by bullrush to OLB Ingram (Q2, 7:21). He made his only pull.

Scoring:  16 plays, 13 blocks, 2 missed, 1 pressure, 11 points (.69 per play).  No grade as this is below the 20-snap minimum.

Faalele: Daniel rotated with Moses for 15 snaps and delivered solid results.  His only pressure was when beaten inside by the blitzing S Jones (Q2, 1:32).  He made 1 block in level 2.

Scoring:  15 plays, 14 blocks, 0 missed, 1 pressure, 12 points (.80 per play).  No grade as this is below the 20-snap minimum.

Over the last 3 games (Jax, SF, Mia), Faalele has scored 47 of a possible 63 points (.73 before adjustment, high C after adjustment).  He had scored 111.5 points on his first 241 career snaps (.46) prior to this 3-game run.

Mustipher: Sam relieved Linderbaum at C for 3 plays and made all of his blocks.