Ravens on pace for the fewest punts ever in a 16-game season

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The Ravens have a good punter in Sam Koch, but they hardly ever use him.

In fact, the Ravens have punted just 22 times in 11 games, putting them on pace to punt 32 times this season. That would be the fewest in NFL history for a 16-game season.

Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, the only season when any team punted less than 32 times was in the nine-game 1982 season, which was shortened by a players’ strike.

The Ravens are punting rarely both because their offense is outstanding and because they’re aggressive on fourth downs. Baltimore has converted 13 of 17 fourth down attempts this season, which is both the most successful fourth down conversions and the highest conversion percentage in the league.

The Ravens’ last 24 drives with Lamar Jackson at quarterback have ended like this: touchdown, touchdown, kneeldown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, kneeldown, touchdown, touchdown, missed field goal, downs, touchdown, touchdown, kneeldown, touchdown, field goal, field goal, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown. Not a punt to be found.

42 responses to “Ravens on pace for the fewest punts ever in a 16-game season

  1. The most shocking part of that listing of drive outcomes is the missed field goal part. Like, wut?

  2. Just incredible to watch this offence. It would seem the only thing that would stop them would be an injury to Lamar Jackson. Its fun to watch this scoring machine work defenses.

  3. Jackson has been a massive surprise, he comes off as goofy and not particularly sharp but he’s the complete opposite on the field.

    Unless he gets hurt, it’s hard to see anyone beating the Ravens in the Super Bowl.

  4. Can we just cancel the rest of the season and just give the Ravens the title as we speak? Seems like that’s what everyone is doing. The Ravens do 2 things, the same 2 things they could do last year when the chargers sent them home. Until they actually do something they have done nothing.

    I hate saying this but I like how Seattle is just quietly handling their business, and I am pretty sure Mahomes can out duel Lamar in a throwing match.

  5. So did that stat equate to a Superbowl win for the team that holds the fewest punts in a full season? NO IT DID NOT!! The 1982 Chargers have the record for fewest punts in a full season, and they didn’t even make it to the Superbowl. The runner up is the Bengals that same year with 31 and they made it but lost to the 49ers. So what’s the point of this article? Oh that’s right to continue this hype that we’re watching something extraordinary from the Ravens, and they’re somehow reinventing the game of football. They’re playing really well right now big deal….Call me in February

  6. Ravens will be a tough out in the playoffs no question. Almost impossible if they end up with the #1 seed. A rematch in Foxboro I’ll take the Pats but its no guarantee that’s for sure.

  7. patriots fan here. what lamar jackson is doing right now is extremely impressive. hes a beast. and i love his team first mentality. he seems like a really great guy.

  8. So what you’re saying is that in the last two minutes of the AFC title game, the Ravens’ punter is going to shank a punt giving the Patriots great field position for the game winning drive.

  9. Seattle or 49ers will win the SB based on which of them wins the NFCCG; that game depends on who is the home team and that will depend on which team wins the week 17 meeting in Seattle.

    Should be a fun rest of the season.

  10. LOL. Remember how often manning’s Colts punted some years? What happened when they needed to punt from deep in their own territory in the AFCCG? The punter whiffed and the Patriots turned it into a pivotal TD.

  11. I guess when you go for it 4th and 4 leading 35-6 you have those type of stats. I thought it was a bush league to do that

  12. I remember when the Colts didn’t punt for a long long time, then went to Foxboro for the AFC championship and went 3 and out on their opening drive. And it snowballed from there

    I see something similar happening this year with Baltimore. And I hate the Pats…

  13. Interesting that the Eagles traded away the Lamar Jackson pick to Baltimore. I wonder what could have been if the Eagles had Lamar and traded Carson? That would have been extremely unlikely back then, but makes me wonder what could have been today…..

  14. “Unless he gets hurt, it’s hard to see anyone beating the Ravens in the Super Bowl.”

    Dod Brady get hurt in 2007? Yet somehow the Giants stopped their perfect season in the Super Bowl.

    #AssumeNothing

  15. Because they have a QB who literally can go run for 10-15 yards basically whenever he feels like it. It’s not even fair. The dude is a Madden Cheat Code.

    Meanwhile, you have poser stooges like Matt Nagy who think throwing the ball 60 times a game with a mobile QB is how you move the ball, LOL.

  16. 1. I credit the Ravens for creating a system that plays to his (and the teams) strengths rather than forcing a QB to act in a coaches ideal system

    2. I credit Lamar Jackson for excelling in that system.

    3. It helps having a good Oline, if this were the Jets then it wouldn’t work.

    I can see the ravens winning the Super Bowl this year.
    My question is how will the league adapt? How will teams change their defenses to deal with this?
    I am looking forward to a Ravens – Patriots rematch. How will Belichick adjust?

    Will this become a more common style of offense (if you have the right players)?
    Will the league be able to come up with a counter?
    2020 will be interesting because there will be more tape on the Lamar Jackson.

  17. Ravens beat reporters have taken to Twitter the last few games to still give humorous props to Sam Koch even though he almost never punts.

    “Fantastic hold on that extra point attempt by Sam Koch.” – Ryan Mink

    “Punter Sam Koch is getting paid $3.95 million this year to watch Lamar Jackson play.” – Baltimore Beatdown

  18. The Ravens are in a great position. Mr. Jackson is on his rookie contract, meaning they get 3 more years before being forced to pay him the big bucks. Meanwhile, he is leading that team toward a chance at a Super Bowl. Perhaps next year he will not be quite so dominant, but he will likely still be a force. Meanwhile, the team can afford to surround him with talent that might be impossible for a team with a QB past his rookie contract. If Mr. Jackson continues his amazing success for a few years, then the Ravens pay him.

    I bet the Rams wish they would have waited another year to give Mr. Goff a “salary cap killer” contract.

    Ravens fans need to enjoy the ride. Except for the Pats, success in the NFL of today passes quickly. Remember how giddy everyone was after Mr. Flacco’s amazing post-season in 2012?

  19. Frankly, the Ravens are SB bound. Teams need to out score them to win. It’s difficult when they are piling up scores and there’s no solution to stop their defense. I think airing the ball with precision will do it. Goff was able to move the ball but sputtered near the end zone. Precision and speed once the ball is caught. The Ravens defense are not quite good yet defending air balls but they will get there from the looks of it. Also they are physically well-conditioned. They’re fast, quick, and strong. They were on the field for what, almost 40 minutes and they’re not breaking a sweat. Lamar is mobile and can read the field and defense on the go. Accurate too. What’s the solution to the Ravens this year? Hopefully somebody can provide a “ blue print”. That being said, the Chiefs and the Rams looked unstoppable last year too.

  20. “I guess when you go for it 4th and 4 leading 35-6 you have those type of stats. I thought it was a bush league to do that”

    Call it what you want, but keeping your defense off the field will always be every coach’s top priority.

  21. Smh. Fml. As much as I hate the Ravens, I’ve got a ton of respect and appreciation for that organization…and damn if this season’s team in Baltimore isn’t a ton of fun to watch. Hope they make the Super Bowl and put on for the AFC North. Anybody but NE…!

  22. Ravens beat reporters have taken to Twitter the last few games to still give humorous props to Sam Koch even though he almost never punts.

    “Fantastic hold on that extra point attempt by Sam Koch.” – Ryan Mink

    “Punter Sam Koch is getting paid $3.95 million this year to watch Lamar Jackson play.” – Baltimore Beatdown
    **********************************************************************************
    Not a bad gig! lol

  23. Judas funny to read comments from people putting them in the Superbowl. Add that they themselves have already put themselves in the SB. Starting center done for the year now and we’re not even close to the playoffs yet. Keep counting your chickens.

  24. And despite this, they still don’t have inside track on home field in the playoffs. Think about why that is.

    Because they dont play in the AFC East

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