By the numbers

Ravens Outlook

September 10, 1999|By Mike Preston

0: Super Bowl appearances by this franchise even when it was the Cleveland Browns.

1: Passes that receivers Qadry Ismail, Justin Armour and Brandon Stokley have caught in the NFL since 1997.

2: "Must-win" games this season. You know who they're against.

3: Ravens draft choices starting on offense as opposed to six on defense.

4: Starting quarterbacks in Ravens history when Scott Mitchell takes the snap, following in the footsteps of Vinny Testaverde, Eric Zeier and Jim Harbaugh.

5: Receiver/punt returner Jermaine Lewis' rank for total yards in the NFL last season with 2,025.

6: 1998 Pro Bowl players on the Ravens' roster -- linebackers Ray Lewis and Peter Boulware, defensive end Michael McCrary, punt returner Jermaine Lewis, special teamer Bennie Thompson and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden.

8: Starters from a year ago who left the Ravens through free agency or via trade -- wide receiver Michael Jackson, tight end Eric Green, quarterbacks Jim Harbaugh and Eric Zeier, offensive linemen Orlando Brown and Wally Williams and defensive tackle James Jones.

9: Seasons that defensive end Rob Burnett has been with this organization, which makes him the dean of the roster.

10: Position the Ravens have drafted in the first round the past two years, landing them cornerbacks Duane Starks and Chris McAlister.

11: Matt Stover's rank on the NFL's all-time field-goal accuracy list (minimum of 100) with a 78.7 percent success rate.

16: Ravens wins during the three seasons they have played in Baltimore.

20: Brian Billick's years as a college and NFL assistant before landing his first head-coaching job with the Ravens.

23: Sacks the team's top two pass rushers, Peter Boulware and Michael McCrary, combined for last season.

26: Where the offense was ranked in the NFL last season, when the Ravens averaged 101.8 rushing and 179.3 passing yards a game.

30.9: Percentage of third downs converted last season, third worst in the league.

36: Age of Bennie Thompson, the team's oldest player.

41: Right guard Jeff Blackshear's consecutive-games starting streak, which is tops on the team.

43: Receptions by running back Priest Holmes to lead the team last season. Jermaine Lewis was second with 41.

47: Career interceptions for cornerback/safety Rod Woodson. He is tied for second among active players.

Pub Date: 9/10/99

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