Colts Back Off
Following the 70% blitz game by the Broncos, the Colts rushed 5 on just 20% of plays resulting in a pass or sack (9/45).
Jackson had ample time and space (ATS) on 21 of 45 drop backs (47%), a terrific rate, regardless of the opposing pass rush scheme. When Jackson had ATS, he was 19/21 for 210 yards, 10.0 YPP. That’s great, but without ATS, he was also 18/22 for 227 net yards (including 2 sacks), 9.5 YPP.
The Ravens continued to employ eligible receivers to help their tackles. For the game, they used 12 Set blockers and 11 chip blockers (.51 per play), off from their season high .90 versus the Broncos. Versus the Colts, the chips, in particular, helped slow the pass rush from both edges and created extended pockets which Jackson used to carve up the defense.
Amazingly, the Ravens had 19 first downs on their final 4 TD drives and never once faced a 3rd down.
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 modest success despite parts of 6 pressure events. He was bulled then shed by DE Al-Quedin Muhammad for half of the charge on the sack shared with Bozeman (Q3, 11:56). He surrendered two full QHs (beaten outside by DE Muhammad, Q4, 4:29; beaten outside by DE Ben Banogu, OT, 8:40). He missed 5 blocks, 3 of which were losses at the LoS. He did not make any blocks in level 2 but had 2 pancakes and made 3 of 3 pulls. I did not record a highlight.
Scoring: 70 plays, 59 blocks, 5 missed, 2 (1 + 2 x 1/2) pressures, 2 QH, 1/2 sack, 46 points (.66 per play). That’s a C- with adjustment.
Powers: Ben continued his run as the Ravens most consistent lineman with solid, but unspectacular play. He surrendered 3 full pressures (beaten outside by DT DeForest Buckner, Q1, 13:35; picked up stunt DE Muhammad too deep, Q4, 11:54; bulled by DT Buckner, Q4, 2:14). Among 5 missed blocks only 2 were losses at the LoS. He made 5 of 6 pulls, made 2 blocks in level 2, and delivered 3 pancakes. His highlight was a combination block on DT Grover Stewart then LB Zaire Franklin in level 2.
Scoring: 66 plays, 57 blocks, 5 missed, 3.5 pressures, 50 points (.76 per play). That’s a C after adjustment.
Cleveland: Ben played just 4 snaps before getting hurt and made all 4 blocks including 1 pull. The Ravens lose not only a quality guard option with Ben’s injury, but also an emergency tackle. He’ll be out at least until week 10 vs the Dolphins, but I don’t expect we’ll get a good read on when he’ll be back until he starts practicing.
Scoring: 4 plays, 4 blocks
Bozeman: Bradley again struggled, particularly with his pulls. He allowed shares of 2 sacks (beaten right by DT Buckner after Zeitler dropped off, Q1, 14:15; bulled then shed by DE Tyquan Lewis on pull, Q3, 11:56). He was party to 3 other pressure events and allowed a full penetration when he whiffed on DE Kemoko Turay on a pull (Q2, 10:09). He also missed 6 blocks, 5 of which were losses at the LoS. He had 1 block in level 2 and delivered 1 pancake. On 5 total pulls, he netted -4.5 points. He had no highlight.
Scoring: 70 plays, 58 blocks, 6 missed, 1 penetration, 1.5 pressures, ½ QH, 1.17 (1/2 + 2/3) sacks, 44.5 points (.64 per play). That’s an F even after adjustment.
Any return to normalcy for the Ravens dominant run game of 2019-20 will involve solid play or better from all 3 interior linemen.
Zeitler: Kevin again played well after delivering his best performance of the season against the Broncos. He shared a sack (1/3 charge) with Bozeman on the second play from scrimmage (Q1, 14:15) when he dropped off an initial double team of DT Buckner and Bozeman was subsequently beaten. He allowed a solo pressure when bulled by Buckner (Q3, 1:02) on what was the 43-yard TD bomb to Brown. He also allowed a penetration when he whiffed on his pull vs. CB Kenny Moore who took down Jackson for a loss of one on 3rd/3 (Q2, 7:03). He missed 3 blocks, all of which were losses at the LoS. He made 3 blocks in level 2, delivered 2 pancakes, and netted -1 point on 2 pulls. His highlight was a combination block on DT Buckner then S Khari Willis (Q2, 7:43).
Scoring: 65 plays, 59 blocks, 3 missed, 1 penetration, 1 pressure, 1/3 sack, 53 points (.82 per play). That’s a B after adjustment.
Mekari: Patrick turned in his second top-drawer performance in 4 games. He allowed 2 full pressures (beaten outside by DE Lewis, Q3, 8:17; beaten outside by CB Moore, Q3, 7:16) which were his only pass rush charges. Between those 2 pressures, he was flagged for a false start, his only other deduction of the game. He did not otherwise miss a single block, made 2 blocks in level 2, and delivered 1 pancake. He made his only pull. His highlight was a combination on DT Buckner then ILB Bobby Okereke (Q1, 12:13).
Scoring: 70 plays, 68 blocks, 0 missed, 2 pressures, 1 false start, 61 points (.87 per play). That’s an A after adjustment.
Colon: Trystan played 6 total snaps. He made 3 blocks, 2 missed and allowed half a pressure (.33 per play).
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