18 Things to Watch for During Saturday Night's Colts/Ravens Game
It's playoff time
It's finally upon us. All the talk, all the waiting, all the hopes and fears of an entire season will come to a head on Saturday night at the Luke. We'll all be watching. Here's what to keep your eye on:
1. Watch the shift. The Ravens have undergone a total makeover since last we saw them. Early in the season, they let fly with Flacco. Check out his attempts and passing yards per game:
Through Week 13: 34 attempts, 240 yards
Week 14-Playoffs:21 attempts, 153 yards
40% fewer attempts and 34% fewer yards
They leaned far more heavily on their running game:
Combined Rice, McGahee rushing attempts and yards per game:
Through Week 13: 21 attempts, 96 yards
Week 14-Playoffs:30 attempts, 191 yards
43% more attempts and 100% more yards
This isn't the same Ravens offense we faced in November. It's a run first attack. Tip to Rick for the stats.
2. Watch the goat. Last year, Gijon Robinson's inexcusable failure to lay even a mitt on Dobbins ruined the Colts season. He was inactive for the first game with the Ravens, but his replacement, Tom Santi, had a huge day catching the ball as Dallas Clark was largely shut down. Robinson could once again be a huge factor in a playoff game and has a chance to redeem himself.