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Ravens hope to flip sack differential

Elvis Dumervil AP

Given the end result, it’s hard to argue with the way the Ravens did business last year.

But their moves this offseason make it clear they want to go about things differently.

The Ravens were a statistical oddity while winning the Super Bowl last year, allowing 38 sacks while registering 37. According to Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun, that made them the first champion since the 2001 Patriots with a negative sack ratio.

Much of that statistical glitch had to do with the fact the Ravens were playing with a one-legged Terrell Suggs for half the season, and weren’t consistent on the offensive line until late.

Getting Suggs back healthy this year, along with their aggressive move to sign Elvis Dumervil, should help them put up bigger sack numbers this year.

And by retaining left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who anchored a line that improved as the postseason arrived, they’ve taken steps to cut into the punishment Joe Flacco absorbs.

While they also won a Super Bowl from the wrong side of the sack differential in 2000, the practice of taking fewer hits while doling out more is clearly something they’re working on.

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24 Responses to “Ravens hope to flip sack differential”
  1. vibesid says: Jul 9, 2013 3:20 PM

    Ravens will have the most sacks in the NFL this year.

  2. sbchampsagain says: Jul 9, 2013 3:21 PM

    The Ravens defense appears to have gotten younger, healthier, faster and more athletic. So they should be able to apply more pressure.
    Offense will be a work in progress, but still has Rice, Flacco Pitta and Smith to lean on. I’d imagine that’s at least playoff-caliber. If someone else steps up for them at WR, look out.

  3. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 9, 2013 3:21 PM

    Had no idea the O-line was as old and slow as the defense. Kudos on the good balance.

  4. dickjagger says: Jul 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    It doesn’t matter what the 2000 sack differential was.. That 2000 squad was one of the best defensive unit’s ever. Stat’s only mean so much compared to the ring.. Just ask Manning or Marino. Manning (although he has a ring) doesn’t have the accolades that a man of his status should. I still think it was a shame that Marino never got a ring. He played much better than Manning always does in the post-season.

  5. jacktheraven says: Jul 9, 2013 3:36 PM

    Sacks are overrated. Putting pressure on the QB is the key. Brady was pressured in the AFCCG, not sacked a lot. Threw ints and bad passes.

  6. Stiller43 says: Jul 9, 2013 3:38 PM

    So they hope to go from -1 to +1?

  7. bengaliballer says: Jul 9, 2013 3:39 PM

    the bounties on Ben Roethlisberger and Andy Dalton have already been placed. The Baltimore Ravens, better than your favorite team.

  8. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 9, 2013 3:42 PM

    Stats are for geeks Lombardi’s are foe the winners and the Ravens deserved theirs regardless of a stat mishap. Do they care ..does It taintthe taste of victory..nah.

    Bet flaccomontanaoreilly jones smith will be next to insert the steelers in this topic as usual. Stay on topic fanboy as you like to remind others.

  9. scoobies05 says: Jul 9, 2013 3:47 PM

    love the steeler fans who get mad when raven fans post on steeler threads yet are amongst the first to spew thew garbage on raven threads. and i will take suggs, dumervil and the rest over the steeler pass rushers. and ask big ben his opinion of the pitt o line. enjoy missing the playoffs again steeler nation

  10. bengalguy says: Jul 9, 2013 3:58 PM

    Hey Ratbirds, ya wanna get more sacks & give up less? Replace the 2 Bengal games on your schedule with 2 more Steeler games!
    The 2013 Cincinnati Bengals…..AFC North Champions! Book it! WHO DEY!!!

  11. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 9, 2013 4:00 PM

    Ravens caught fire at the right time. Nothing more nothing less. They werent a SB team when they sneaked into the playoffs but all you have to do is get hot in January.

  12. ravensbob says: Jul 9, 2013 4:05 PM

    Cincinnati ……lol………

  13. jdphx says: Jul 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    LMAO at bengalguy

  14. scoobies05 says: Jul 9, 2013 4:41 PM

    as much as i cant stand the steelers at least their fans have history to back them up. bengalsguy…your team is on the rise. but win something before popping off

  15. ozymandias121 says: Jul 9, 2013 4:48 PM

    When your entire defense is on PEDs I’m sure their sack differential is smaller than most teams.

  16. rockthered1286 says: Jul 9, 2013 4:59 PM

    Steeley McBeam says:
    Jul 9, 2013 4:00 PM
    Ravens caught fire at the right time. Nothing more nothing less. They werent a SB team when they sneaked into the playoffs but all you have to do is get hot in January.
    ______________________
    Isn’t that the exact logic you can use with every SB team? Or does that defense only work for you when it’s 31 other teams that aren’t in Pittsburgh? Don’t be a homer. They dropped Cam, the offense drastically improved, and the D got healthy. It was the perfect storm but beatng Denver on the road, the Pats on the road, and te midgam blackout in the SB was not a result of “getting hot.”

  17. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 9, 2013 5:39 PM

    Ravens should get 37 sacks of Roethlisbooger alone. That Steeler O-line couldn’t withstand a 20 MPH wind.

  18. vibesid says: Jul 9, 2013 5:46 PM

    “the Ravens were playing with a one-legged Terrell Suggs for half the season”
    * Why not also mention that for the other half of the season Suggs didn’t even play at all?

  19. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 9, 2013 6:11 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Jul 9, 2013 5:39 PM
    Ravens should get 37 sacks of Roethlisbooger alone. That Steeler O-line couldn’t withstand a 20 MPH wind.

    2 0
    Report comment. What does this thread have to do with the steelers? Stay on topic?

    Your sacks will go down even more without Ed Reed and “Slash”.
    The 20mph wind is that still blowing unimpeded thru your Brain?..need to seek help for that skippy.

  20. fringetastic says: Jul 9, 2013 7:57 PM

    ” a negative sack ratio”.

    No such thing. You meant “a negative sack differential”. The ratio is 37:38, which is a positive number.

    Math is hard.

  21. taosravenfan says: Jul 9, 2013 8:08 PM

    @steeler and ravens fans – isn’t it kinda funny when the one Bengal fan on the board pops off?

    Last time I checked, whenever the BenGals were favored to do do anything, they puddled down their leg and pulled a 7-9.

  22. jacktheraven says: Jul 10, 2013 2:39 PM

    The Ravens were just an avg. team that got hot at the right time? You’re kidding, right? They were 9-2, so I guess they were hot in the beginning, cooled off for the next 5, but not really, remember the Giants game? Stop analyzing, and just enjoy The Ravens SB Victory.

  23. ravensmike410 says: Jul 12, 2013 9:09 AM

    Bengalguy:

    Replacing the two Bengals games with two Steelers games will be the only way the Bengals will win the division this year. Good luck with Maybin.

  24. scoobies05 says: Jul 13, 2013 1:45 PM

    Hey Steely…remember when the Steelers were the number 6 seed and won the Super Bowl. Were they hot at the right time or just playing possum?

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