KC Chiefs Vs. Ravens: Analyzing Baltimore's Football Tendencies

BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 26: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens hands off against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on September 26 2010 in Baltimore Maryland. The Ravens lead the Browns at the half 14-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

This week the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead.  The Chiefs are hoping that their 7-1 home winning record will be enough to overcome Baltimore's 5-3 road record.

The Chiefs have no doubt seen that Baltimore has one glaring tendency...and glaring might be an understatement.  They are ranked 1st in the NFL in attempts toward their left guard and left tackle.  Baltimore has attempted 103 plays toward the left guard and 96 toward the left tackle.  To put that into perspective for Chiefs fans, the Chiefs are the #1 ranked rushing team in number of attempts.  But the Chiefs have only attempted to run toward the left guard 44 times and toward their left tackle 62 times (8th in the NFL).

Every team in the NFL has strengths and weaknesses, tendencies, and go-to guys.  They have plays they like to call during tight situations or directions they like to run when in the middle of the football field.

Let's check out those tendencies.


Please refer to the Bewsaf Past Posts bar at the bottom of this article for any inquiries into other articles written this week.


Baltimore Rushing Offense

Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End
Plays: 45 Plays: 96 Plays: 103 Plays: 81 Plays: 89 Plays: 37 Plays: 15
NFL Rank: 21 NFL Rank: 1 NFL Rank: 1 NFL Rank: 27 NFL Rank: 3 NFL Rank: 27 NFL Rank: 32
Avg Gain: 5.47 Avg Gain: 3.75 Avg Gain: 4.16 Avg Gain: 3.63 Avg Gain: 3.28 Avg Gain: 4.81 Avg Gain: 6.67
NFL Rank: 16 NFL Rank: 24 NFL Rank: 15 NFL Rank: 24 NFL Rank: 26 NFL Rank: 7 NFL Rank: 5


Baltimore Rushing Notes:

  • As was stated at the beginning of this article.  The Ravens love to run left.  And when they do they like go toward their left tackle and left guard.
  • The Chiefs can expect the Ravens to run left (defensive right).  Especially when looking at the fact that the Chiefs are 28th in the NFL for yards per play surrendered around the left end (defensive right).  In fact, the flow of the game might be dictated by how successful the Ravens can be running toward that side. 
  • The Ravens are also ranked 3rd in the NFL in attempts toward the right guard.
  • Baltimore rushed the ball 29% of the time in away games during the 2010 regular season.


Baltimore's Rushing Yards Per Team vs Defensive Rushing Rank 

Game Team D.Rank yds
New York Jets
2. Cincinnati
3. Cleveland
4 Pittsburgh
5. Denver
6 New England
7. Buffalo
8. Miami
9. Atlanta
10. Carolina
11. Tampa Bay
12. Pittsburgh
13. Houston
14. New Orleans
15. Cleveland
14. Cincinnati

  • The Ravens really haven't racked up a lot of rushing yards on anyone.
  • It doesn't appear that Baltimore does any better or worse with 3-4 teams as apposed to 4-3 teams.
  • The Chiefs can expect a solid steady running game.  Look for the Chiefs to hold their own against the rush.

Baltimore Passing Offense




Plays: 41

NFL Rank: 9th

Avg Gain: 12.5

Plays: 28

NFL Rank: 12th

Avg Gain:  10.5

Plays: 38

NFL Rank: 17th

Avg Gain: 11.0


Plays: 134

NFL Rank: 26th

Avg Gain: 5.9

Plays: 82

NFL Rank: 21st

Avg Gain: 8.2

Plays: 167

NFL Rank: 21st

Avg Gain: 5.3

Raven Passing Zone Frequency Chart

Raider Passing Notes:

  • Over the course of the year the Ravens have shown a tendency to throw the ball deep.  Baltimore ranks 9th in the NFL when throwing the ball deep left and 12th when throwing it deep middle.
  • Not many tendency notes about the Ravens throwing the ball short.  They rank in the bottom half of the NFL in attempts toward all three short zones.  Although, they do have a 71% completion rate when they try and through short right (5th in NFL) and a 76% completion rate when throwing short middle (3rd in NFL).
  • When the Ravens throw the ball deep the Chiefs will really have to look deep left (defensive right).  Baltimore is not only 9th in the NFL in attempts that direction but they are also ranked 6th in completion percentage with 46%.  This appears to be a strength against strength.  The Chiefs are ranked 3rd in the NFL to that zone by only allowing a 26% completion rate.

Other Interesting Stats:

Red 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 00%



Goal 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 00%
to G



10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 00%


Stats Observations:

  • Goal-to-go efficiency really stands out for the Ravens.  In 2010 Baltimore has scored well below the NFL average of 70.7% with there own 49% rate.  That's not very good.  In fact, it is 31st in the NFL.  The Chiefs have given up a rate of 77% (22nd NFL) defensively. 
  • At 49% the Ravens are ranked 22nd in the NFL in Red Zone offense.  One might think that is an advantage for the Chiefs, but it's not.  The Chiefs are ranked 31st in the NFL in Red Zone Defense.  The notion that many Chiefs fans had at the beginning of the season about the bend but don't break defense...isn't coming to fruition.   
No. Yds Avg Long TD
RECEIVING 1. Boldin, Anquan 64 837 13.1 61 7

2. Mason, Derrick 61 802 13.1 42 7

3. Heap, Todd 40 599 15.0 65 5

4. Rice, Ray 63 556 8.8 34 1

5. Houshmandzadeh, T.J. 30 398 13.3 56 3

6. Dickson, Ed 11 152 13.8 58 1

7. McClain, Le'Ron 21 134 6.4 19 0

8. Stallworth, Donte' 2 82 41.0 67 0

9. McGahee, Willis 14 55 3.9 32 1

10. Williams, Cary 1 13 13.0 13 0

11. Pitta, Dennis 1 1 1.0 1 0

12. Reed, David 0 0 0.0 0 0

Total 308 3629 11.8 67 25

Opponents 349 3789 10.9 88 22



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