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NFL Week 15: Ravens Vs. Buccaneers By The Numbers

December 14, 2018
The Baltimore Ravens return home to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8) after a thrilling, emotional 27-24 overtime loss at Kansas City that ended a three-game winning streak. The Ravens are one of four teams locked in a tie for the final AFC playoff spot at 7-6 with three games remaining, and they are also just a half-game out of the AFC North lead.

The Ravens lead the overall series against the Buccaneers, 3-2 and have won the past three, though the teams have not met since 2014. 

As the Ravens look to maintain their playoff position -- and possible take the lead in the AFC North -- here are some other key numbers to consider: 

0: Times during his 11-year career that quarterback Joe Flacco has been a healthy backup, but that will be the case against Tampa Bay. Head coach John Harbaugh announced Lamar Jackson will remain the starting quarterback after leading the Ravens to a 3-1 mark while Flacco dealt with a hip injury. "I'm disappointed ... but this is my situation right now," Flacco said earlier this week, "and I'm going to do my best to handle it the right way."

1: Career interceptions for safety Chuck Clark, who recorded his first against the Chiefs Dec. 9. That was the Ravens first interception since Week 5, ending a stretch of 33 quarters, plus one overtime, without one. Clark has started the past two games in place of an injured Tony Jefferson.

5: Touchdown catches for wide receiver John Brown, including a nine-yard score against the Chiefs. Brown's workload has diminished with the Ravens' run-heavy offense led by Jackson, but he remains the team's leader in touchdown catches and receiving yards (672).

7: Sacks for Matthew Judon, Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith, all of whom share the team lead. Judon has 5.5 sacks in the past five games, whie Suggs, who had a half-sack against Kansas City, is up to 132.5 sacks in his career -- tied for 13th in NFL history.

8: Fumbles this season by Lamar Jackson, losing two. Jackson has fumbled at least once in all four of his starts. Harbaugh said last week that Jackson and quarterbacks coach James Urban have been stressing "how to protect the ball in the pocket, how to protect the ball when you're running or scrambling, how to protect the ball when you're throwing the ball. Those are fundamental drills you work at every day in practice and emphasize all the time."

14.4: The average punt return for Cyrus Jones this year, which ranks second in the league. Jones, who had five returns for the New England Patriots early in the season, has 15 punt returns for 242 yards (16.1 avg.) as a Raven, including a 70-yard touchdown and a 55-yarder that set up a touchdown against the Chiefs.

15: Quarterback hits the Ravens recorded on Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes last week, tied for the second-most in an NFL game this year. Matthew Judon led the way with five, and Za'Darius Smith had three. 

59: Rushing yards for Kenneth Dixon against the Chiefs, on just eight carries (7.4 avg.) in his second game back from injured reserve. "Kenneth played really well, ran hard, broke tackles, made people miss, did a good job in pass projection," Harbaugh said. "He's getting more comfortable with the offense again … You continue to earn more as you go."

149.7: Joe Flacco's passer rating vs. Tampa Bay in 2014, which remains the franchise single-game record. Flacco went 21-for-28 for 306 yards and five touchdowns during a 48-17 win.

336: Rushing yards for Lamar Jackson in the past four games, the most by any quarterback in the Super Bowl era over his first four starts. Jackson leads the Ravens in rushing with
475 yards, which ranks second in the league among quarterbacks (Josh Allen, 490).

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