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The Ravens Weren't Really 11-19 on 3rd Down

I got curious as to how many of the Ravens conversions were due to penalties so I decided to count them up.  In doing so I discovered something interesting.  They weren't really 11-19 on 3rd down, they were 14-24.  I counted each actual 3rd situation and each time a 3rd down resulted in a first down for Baltimore.  I'm not sure how the 11-19 figure was derived.  Its the same 58% conversion, but somehow, to my eye anyway, it just doesn't seem as bad.  And they converted four 3rd downs due to penalty, by the way.  You can take that however you want.  Some would throw away the penalty situations and say the real number is 7-15 or 10-20 (i.e the actual times the Ravens' O beat the Jets D).  Other homers, like me, would discount the penalties as false conversions that were made due to first game jitters coupled with an extemely tight officiating crew, and the real numbers are 7-19 or 10-24. 

Also its worth noting that the 2 penalties that most of us Jets fans have had a big problem with (i.e. Wilson PI in the end zone, and the Edwards running into the kicker on the FG) were in the same drive and were solely what led to the Raven's only TD.  The Ravens lined up for a FG on 4th and 1 from the NY 28, and Edwards falls on the ground after an attempted block and the Ravens kicker's foot grazes his helmet and he does the NBA flop and gets a flag.  Later on 3rd and 10 from the NY 23, Wilson runs side-by-side with Housh, and as Housh shoves his forearm into Wilson's chest (to push off and create space) Wilson touches it with his hand as the ball sails to the back of the end zone and beyond the point where it could be considered even remotely catchable.  In the real world, the Ravens would have escaped with only a FG, and the Jets would have won a defensive slug fest 9-6.  But we were playing in Bizarro World on Monday Night and got two flags for what should have been two non-calls.

So there you have it Jets fans.  In reality, the Ravens were 7-19 (10-24) on 3rd downs.  Not bad, but its not a 58% conversion rate either.  And in reality, we beat a team many regard as a Superbowl contender 9-6 and our offense didn't even show up.

Oh by the way, speaking of our amazing offense, I have another little interesting tidbit to share.  Did you know that Sanchez & Co. didn't convert a 3rd down until 1:03 in the 4th quarter.  Let that baby sink in for a minute... Let that one marinade for a bit...

No 3rd down conversions until 1:03 left in the 4th.  Wow.  Just...  Wow.

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