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Week 1 vs. KC
Passing: 26 - 43, 307 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 5 / 18 / 0
Flacco had his biggest day in his young career, throwing for his first 300+ yard game along with three touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1. Flacco used seven different receiver options, connecting with all of them at least twice for the afternoon. Flacco looked as calm and poised as ever in the pocket, feeling his way around and moving well behind the line to buy himself more time whenever it took longer for his options to get open. While the Chiefs did not put up a big challenge, Flacco looked very good and much more polished than he did a mere 12 months ago as a rookie. Flacco also added 18 yards rushing on five carries, further boosting his fantasy value.
Week 2 vs. SD
Passing: 17 - 26, 190 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 5 / 3 / 0
Joe Flacco is proving himself to be a very capable fantasy quarterback thus far in 2009. Against San Diego, he didn't put up eye-popping stats but he provided fantasy owners with a very solid performance. He didn't have much pressure on him from the San Diego defensive front, and looked very confident stepping into each throw he made. About the only hiccup on his performance was an interception on one of the few plays he was under pressure. LB Shawne Merriman perfectly timed the snap count and managed to hit Flacco just as he released the ball. The hit wrecked the timing of the pass, causing it to be thrown to a different spot and be easily intercepted. Flacco showed very nice touch on several passes, and could've even had another touchdown had it not been for TE Todd Heap dropping a deep ball at the goal line (in fairness to Heap, he was interfered with on the play but it was still a catchable pass).
Week 3 vs. CLE
Passing: 25 - 35, 342 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 5 / 0
Flacco had an easy time against a weak Cleveland defense, spreading targets around to open receivers on a variety of deep and underneath patterns. He led his receivers well and only rarely missed his targets on miscommunications. He and Derrick Mason connected on a deep sideline pass for a touchdown. Flacco also showed a strong and accurate arm on multiple passes over the middle to Kelley Washington and deep outs to Mason. He shredded the Browns on dump passes and seam routes to backs and tight ends. There were no obvious weaknesses in his game this week.
Week 4 vs. NE
Passing: 27 - 47, 264 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Flacco showed this week that he can lead the team down the field in a two-minute situation and set them up to win a crucial game. He was off early, and almost threw an interception directly to Vince Wilfork, but as the game went on, he was dealing frozen ropes and almost too comfortable out there. Flacco was working the sideline routes with Derrick Mason at will in the first half, and he was also throwing well on the move. He showed good improvisational skills, with an underhanded toss to Todd Heap to avoid pressure, although a lefty toss got him an intentional grounding penalty. Sometimes his high comfort level kept the alarm from going off in the pocket, but Joe stayed Cool even after an interception that was a miscommunication between him and Mark Clayton. Flacco made all the throws to get the Ravens in a position to win the game, but Clayton dropped a fourth-down throw inside the 10 that would have given Baltimore first and goal with less than a minute left.
Week 5 vs. CIN
Passing: 22 - 31, 186 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 1 / 9 / 0
Flacco was accurate and managed the game well against Cincinnati, but was forced to settle for underneath routes on nearly every pass play. The Bengals limited Flacco's options by locking up Derrick Mason and preventing Mark Clayton and Kelley Washington from getting open downfield. On one of the few occasions Clayton did get behind the defense, Flacco overthrew him. Flacco also threw an interception in the red zone when a Bengal corner read his eyes and left his receiver to make a play on a corner route to Todd Heap.
Week 6 vs. MIN
Passing: 28 - 43, 385 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Joe Flacco played an awesome game for the Ravens, and despite being under intense pressure for the entire game, and constantly being knocked around, he led his team back with 21 fourth quarter points and put them in a position to win the game with two second remaining. Unfortunately it was not meant to be, and Flacco simply had great stats in a losing effort. Throughout the game he made smart decisions, working the middle and the sidelines, checking down to Ray Rice when the defense had the wide outs covered, and taking shots down the field whenever possible, hoping for the big play. He narrowly missed Derrick Mason on a deep route down the sidelines that would have been an easy TD. Mason appeared to hesitate and the ball glanced off of his fingertips. Had he come down with the ball, the Ravens would have only been down by seven in the first quarter and the total tempo of the game would have changed. Flacco finished the game with nearly 400 yards passing and 2 TDS. His receivers did everything that they could to get open for him as well. Look for big things from Flacco in weeks to come. He's definitely one of the better NFL QBS.
Week 8 vs. DEN
Passing: 20 - 25, 175 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 5 / 5 / 0
The Ravens came out with an effective gameplan against the Denver Broncos, which called for patience and precision from their quarterback. Flacco did a good job under pressure on Sunday, and would stand in and wait to deliver the ball until the last second before getting hit. "Cool Joe" did a fantastic job of going through his progressions and finding the open receiver. Even if he had to check it down to running back Ray Rice, Flacco was very careful with the football. It seemed like the Ravens went out of their way to pick on second-year cornerback Jack Williams, and for the most part Flacco did not test All-Pro Champ Bailey. The Ravens gave Flacco plenty of time to throw, and he used the hard count effectively to draw the defense off sides --- including twice in a row on a crucial third-quarter drive that stalled. Once Elvis Dumervil jumped twice it allowed the Ravens to continue the drive into the fourth-quarter where a TD pass to Derrick Mason gave them a 23-7 lead. On that TD pass, Flacco identified Brian Dawkins cheating to the right side of the field. With single coverage (Andre Goodman) on Mason, Flacco put the ball in the end zone where only his receiver could get it for six.
Week 9 vs. CIN
Passing: 18 - 32, 195 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 2 / 3 / 0
Flacco struggled to find open receivers downfield for most of the first three quarters. The Ravens protected Flacco well early but his receivers didn't gain separation on deeper routes and Flacco was forced to throw the ball away or into a small window. The Bengals' corners had those windows tightly covered and were credited with ten passes defended on the day. Flacco tried to force the ball deep twice and was intercepted twice. Flacco had more success with Ray Rice as an outlet option underneath in the second half as the Ravens began to move the ball a little better, but was sacked on three straight plays on the game's final drive to end his day.
Week 10 vs. CLE
Passing: 13 - 18, 155 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Flacco didn't have nearly the level of success vs. the Browns that he had the last time these two teams met. Early Flacco was out of sync with the offense, using two out of the Ravens three time outs in the first quarter, and holding the ball too long in the pocket because nothing was coming open. He did make some nice throws to the sidelines to Derrick Mason in the second half, but struggled to put together any sustained drives or rhythm on offense against a middling Browns defense. He is looking like a backup fantasy QB at best for the stretch run.
Week 11 vs. IND
Passing: 23 - 35, 256 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / -2 / 0
Since the Ravens bye (in week 7) Joe Flacco has struggled to finish drives and has generally not looked anything like the player that started the season on fire. This week against the Colts he led his team into enemy territory on 7 different occasions, but did not manage to score a TD. (That marks 3 straight games now he has not scored a TD). It's strange because Flacco did move the offense down the field with good reads, and precise passing. He found Derrick Mason multiple times on deeper routes as well. However, the offense just completely dies out in the red zone. The red zone troubles were capped with a devastating, game changing INT late in the 4th quarter. He had led the Ravens down the field yet again and needed just a FG to put them ahead. Flacco forced the ball into triple coverage trying to hit Ray Rice over the middle. Settling for FG after FG is costing his Ravens games at this point.
Week 12 vs. PIT
Passing: 23 - 35, 289 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / -2 / 0
Flacco broke out of a 3 game semi-slump vs. the Steelers, throwing his first TD pass in 3 games in the process. The Steelers defense forced Flacco to make very quick decisions and timely reads from the get go. He was up to the task though and played nearly mistake free football while under duress. His lone miscue on the evening came when he had the ball stripped from a terrific Steelers pass rush early in the 4th quarter. He shook it off however and led the Ravens on game tying; and then game winning FG drives. Flacco has 3 straight attractive matchups in a row starting next week vs. Green Bay. His production could be in-line for an uptick.
Week 13 vs. GB
Passing: 15 - 36, 137 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 3 / 16 / 0
Flacco found out that Green Bay's place as the #1 defense in the league is no statistical fluke on Monday night. He was often flushed from the pocket and had to throw to well-covered receivers. His interceptions were all terrible decisions - one into quad-coverage on a flea flicker, one across his body in the red zone with a chance to move within one score, and one to a blanketed Todd Heap. His big arm did draw two pass interference penalties, but he also underthrew a wide-open Derrick Mason, forcing Mason to resort to an offensive pass interference penalty. Flacco was frustrated all night, but at least his ankle looked good as he tightroped the sidelines for an early first down conversion. He's a great play this week vs. Detroit, but otherwise he should be on the bench in the fantasy playoffs.
Week 14 vs. DET
Passing: 13 - 20, 230 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Joe Flacco had moderate numbers against Detroit in Week 14, which may surprise some people when they see the final score was 48-3. Flacco had just one touchdown pass on the day, a 62-yarder where Derrick Mason caught a short pass at midfield, avoided two would-be tacklers and ran the 50 yards to the end zone without anyone offering any resistance. Flacco had three additional big pass plays to Todd Heap (31 yards), Ray Rice (30) and Demetrius Williams (34) which accounted for most of the remainder of his yardage for the day. Flacco was only asked to drop back 20 times as the defense and Ray Rice's rushing were enough to seize control over Detroit as Baltimore cruised to a blowout victory. The game did appear to boost Flacco's confidence, something he could use to his advantage with games against Chicago and in Pittsburgh over the next two weeks.
Week 15 vs. CHI
Passing: 21 - 29, 234 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 5 / 0
Flacco's play was as good as his numbers in this one. He made plays with superior arm strength, impeccable timing, and great touch and accuracy. He hit Todd Heap for the first two TDs on the day, one on a route when Heap got inside the defender to shield him from the ball in flight, and the other on a nice touch pass when Heap got behind the defense. Demetrius Williams rewarded Flacco's trust with a good catch in double coverage in the end zone, and Derrick Mason ran another perfect route to account for the fourth TD. Flacco moved well and correctly anticipated where his receivers were going to be all day. He's hot heading into a matchup with major playoff implications against the Steelers.
Week 16 vs. PIT
Passing: 13 - 25, 166 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Joe Flacco had another solid performance in Week 16, throwing two touchdowns to Todd Heap and having another one dropped by the normally sure-handed Derrick Mason. All three of the potential touchdowns were picturesque throws as the young quarterback continues to mature for Baltimore. Flacco will face a tough matchup against Oakland next week but he has quite the hot hand of late with six touchdown passes in the last two weeks.
Week 17 vs. OAK
Passing: 11 - 19, 102 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 4 / -2 / 0
Flacco had a very modest close to the regular season as the Ravens running attack was the focal point for the majority of the afternoon. He was under duress early on and chose to dump passes off to his safety valves Ray Rice and Todd Heap. In the 2nd half Flacco barely threw the call at all as the two-headed running game exploded for the Ravens. Flacco made no mistakes in the game, but was not asked to do much either.
Week 18 vs. NE
Passing: 4 - 10, 34 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 6 / 5 / 0
Flacco was asked to do very little in this one, as the defense and running game did all the early damage to stake the Ravens to a big early lead. He had a floater picked to open up the door slightly for a Pats comeback, but Flacco also made some key throws and a scramble to power the fourth quarter TD drive when the Pats pulled within 13. He is banged up, but Flacco will have to overcome that limitation for the Ravens to have a chance to win next week vs. the Colts.
Week 19 vs. IND
Passing: 20 - 35, 189 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
It's no secret that Flacco hasn't played well in weeks for his Ravens team. However he led his team into the 2nd week of the playoffs once again this season. Flacco will certainly look back on this game as one of missed opportunities. He never seemed to get comfortable throwing the ball downfield, and when he did he either threw near interceptions (twice in the 1st half), or threw it to the wrong team (two late INT's in the 4th quarter). Flacco was most effective when keeping it short and simple but lack of offensive flow and untimely penalties brought his season to an end this week.