Up For Backups

RAVENS BEAT

Ravens Beat

Since September 2007, Baltimore Is 7-2 Against Fill-in Quarterbacks, With Five Straight Wins

December 11, 2009|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley , Jamison.Hensley@baltsun.com

Leading up to Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, the Ravens were asked several times whether it would be an adjustment preparing for Daunte Culpepper instead of Matthew Stafford.

But playing a team's backup quarterback has become a regular occurrence for the Ravens. This marks the 10th time during their past 44 games (dating to the 2007 season) that the Ravens will have faced a backup quarterback.

The Ravens have taken advantage. Their record against backups is 7-2, including five straight wins.

This trend for the Ravens began in September 2007, when the New York Jets had to start Kellen Clemens instead of Chad Pennington. The other backups were St. Louis' Gus Frerotte, Buffalo's Trent Edwards, Miami's Cleo Lemon, Pittsburgh's Charlie Batch, Houston's Sage Rosenfels, Cincinnati's Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kansas City's Brodie Croyle and Pittsburgh's Dennis Dixon.

Those nine backups have combined to throw for eight touchdowns and 15 interceptions against the Ravens. They have averaged 210 passing yards. Their completion rate is 53.3 percent. In the Ravens' seven wins against them, their average margin of victory is 15.4 points.

The Ravens' only missteps against backup quarterbacks came during the dreadful 2007 season, when the team finished 5-11.

The Ravens lost at Buffalo, 19-14, when Edwards filled in for J.P. Losman. He passed for only 153 yards and did not throw for a touchdown.

The Ravens were beaten by previously winless Miami, 22-16, in overtime, when Lemon followed Trent Green and John Beck. He threw for his first 300-yard game and connected with Greg Camarillo for a game-winning, 64-yard touchdown pass.

Now, a banged-up Ravens defense will catch another break when it faces Culpepper, who does not resemble the quarterback who went to three Pro Bowls. He has lost seven straight starts, including both of his starts this season (against Pittsburgh and at Green Bay). The last time he won was Nov. 25, 2007, when he was the quarterback for Oakland.

Backup duty

A look at the statistics for backup quarterbacks the Ravens have faced the past two seasons:

Quarterback Team ....... Comp-Att .......Yards .............. TDs........Ints

Rosenfels ......... Hou. .......... 23-38 ..... 294 ............. 1 . .... 4

Fitzpatrick ........... Cin. ........... 12-31 .... 124 .............. 0 ....... 0

Croyle ............. K.C. ............ 16-24 .... 177 ............... 2 ....... 1

Dixon ...............Pitt. ............ 12-26 .... 145 ............... 1 ...... 1

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