PFF Preview: Ravens @ Browns, Week 3
The Baltimore Ravens and their offensive line, which boasts a pass block grade of +10.0 and the second best Pass Blocking Efficiency rating in the league will be taking on a Browns pass rush in Cleveland that has eight sacks over the first two games.
Ex-Raven Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard both have pass rush grades in the green and have accounted for four of Cleveland’s eight sacks. Karlos Dansby has proven to be an effective free-agent signing coming in tied for third place among all inside linebackers in the league with 10 stops. Terrance West has impressed filling in for the injured Ben Tate averaging 4.8 yards per carry along with 102 yards after contact and forcing eight missed tackles.
Justin Forsett has stepped up for the Ravens upon departure of their starting running back, running at 6.6 yards per carry and finishing Top 20 in Elusive Rating among RBs with 15 rushing attempts. Steve Smith Sr. has been Baltimore’s most reliable wide receiver posting a 90.3 for his quarterback when thrown at which is good for 15th in the league. C.J. Mosley is playing great early in his rookie year. He has played all of the Ravens’ 127 snaps on defense recording a green grade defending the run, placing second on the team in tackles with 12, and second on the team in stops with five.
Here are three more notable numbers for each side:
Terrell Suggs – Is playing strong in every facet so far and owns the highest grade on the defense with a +5.8. Suggs has also graded out in the green rushing the passer and against the run.
Joe Flacco – Owns a PFF QB Rating of 89.44 which currently ranks third among quarterbacks with at least 75 dropbacks, while dealing with 10 dropped passes from his receivers which is tops in the league.
Jimmy Smith – Is tied for the 12th best mark in coverage among CBs with at least 70 snaps. Smith also boasts a 64.6 QB rating when thrown at in his direction and a rate of 13 Coverage Snaps per Reception.
Andrew Hawkins – Has caught 14 of his 18 targets, which contributes to a ‘Wide Receiver Rating’ of 103.0 (passer rating on balls his way) ranking him sixth in the league among WRs with at least 18 targets.
John Greco – Has yet to allow a pressure in 76 pass blocking snaps on the year and is tied for the top spot in Pass Blocking Efficiency among guards with Josh Sitton.
Tashaun Gipson – The starting FS is ranked sixth best among safeties in coverage with one interception that he took to the house against Drew Brees last week.
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