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Numbers To Ponder

I like numbers, always have. It might stem from the fact that I’m a bit of a trivia junky (challenge me in a Jeopardy contest or Quizzo at the local bar and I will inevitably school you). I enjoy Fantasy Sports because you can take trends, numbers and stats and figure out the likelihood of how a certain player will perform on any given night. This can also apply to teams in general. How did X team perform after a loss to Y team in Z week of the season. It can all be pretty indicative of what you can expect on any given day. With that in mind, here are some interesting numbers and stats to look at when thinking about this week’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. (Stats taken from the Baltimore Ravens weekly press release)  

“The Ravens shoot to open the season at 4-1 for only the 3rd time in team history (2000 and 2006).” Both times the Ravens either made the Superbowl or came damn close to it.

 “Baltimore aims for its 16th win ever over the Bengals. The Ravens are 15-11 all time vs. Cincinnati, including a 9-4 mark in Baltimore. The Ravens are 14-5 vs. division foes at home dating back to 2003.”

 “Under head coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens are 8-2 at home.”

 “Baltimore has won 6 of its last 7 home games (2-0 in 2009).”

 “Since the 2000 season, the Ravens are 18-19 in the month of October. Under Harbaugh, Baltimore is 2-3 in the 10th month.”

 “Ed Reed has two career INT returns for touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals. Second only to the Cleveland Browns, against whom he has three”

 Does this mean that the Ravens are guaranteed to win, or guaranteed to lose? No, but it’s still interesting to think about. Players play the game and are ultimately responsible for the outcome. As fans, all we can do is look back at what has happened, try to figure out what will happen, and just enjoy the ride.

 If you would like to take a look at the Raven’s weekly press release, it can be found at http://www.baltimoreravens.com/~/media/7776D12F5A65431294D636D1E5D980BF.ashx . In addition to indepth anaylsis, it provides a dearth of stats and figures to keep you occupied until gameday.


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