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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Baltimore's Joe Flacco Ready to Bounce Back?

One week, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco could be throwing for 224 yards and three touchdowns, and the next he could be completing just over 50% of his passes and failing to convert a first down in the first half of a game.

There's no doubt in my mind that the name of Flacco's game has been inconsistency this season, and the team's two losses through seven weeks of play are the end result.

In week one against Pittsburgh, Flacco threw three touchdowns and put up a QB rating of 117.6 in a convincing 35-7 victory. Two weeks later he set a career-high with 389 passing yards against the St. Louis Rams. Baltimore won that game 37-7.

Aside from those two games, Flacco's performances this season have been erratic at best.

Looking back, there really isn't a single Baltimore victory that you could give solid credit to Flacco for:

vs. PIT (W 35-7)--17 for 29, 224 yards, 3 TD; defense forced 7 TOs
@ TEN (L 23-16)--15 for 32, 197 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT; defense allowed 74 rushing yards
@ STL (W 37-7)--27 for 48, 389 yards, 3 TD; offense ran for 168 yards, defense forced two TOs
vs. NYJ (W 34-17)--10 for 31, 163 yards, 1 INT; defense allowed 38 rush yards, 7 FDs and forced four TOs
vs. HOU (W 29-14)--20 for 33, 305 yards, 1 INT; defense allowed 93 rushing yards, 18 FDs
@ JAC (L 12-7)--21 for 38, 137 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 0 FDs in 1st half, 34 rushing yards
Flacco failed to get anything going in the first half against Jacksonville's underachieving defense. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron failed to utilize the run game correctly, giving Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice just eight carries for 28 yards, making it tough for Flacco to even convert a first half first down.

Baltimore's offensive line has given up just 13 sacks in six games, but pressure has been getting to Flacco quite often this season, forcing him to throw a lot of incompletions. His accuracy has surely been off this season, as he has completed just 52.1% of his 211 pass attempts.

His season rating of 76.2 is good enough for 26th in the league, behind such names as Tarvaris Jackson, Mark Sanchez, Chad Henne and Kevin Kolb.

If Mr. Flacco plans on improving on his 4-3 career postseason record this winter, he will need to step his game up and help out his top-ranked defense. He can start by taking advantage of the turnovers they have forced this season.

Flacco and the Ravens will face Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals today at 1 P.M.

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Perry Knotts/NFL

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