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QB Joe Flacco - Baltimore Ravens

6-6, 236Born: 1-16-1985College: DelawareDrafted: Round 1, pick 18

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): Flacco just looked off in this game that pitted him against a mediocre Steelers defense. The running game also got on track, while Steve Smith got banged up with painful rib/back fractures. The Ravens passing game should become more balanced with the run, and Flacco should be only a spot start in fantasy leagues.

Week 5: vs Cleveland Browns

All QB vs CLE

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco didn't wow his fantasy owners last week (20/33 for 189 yards passing with one passing score and one interception thrown), but he did manage to pull out an OT win in Pittsburgh. Steve Smith suffered a multi-week back injury during the game (conflicting reports as to what exactly his injury is, but everyone concurs he is out for at least Week Five) leaving Kamar Aiken (18 targets for 11/165/1 receiving so far this year) and Marlon Brown (15 for 8/75/0) to start for the Ravens this week - starting tight end Crockett Gillmore (13 for 10/151/2 this year) was given 'a chance' to return from a calf injury for Week Five in Monday comments by coach John Harbaugh. The Ravens' passing attack is a M.A.S.H. unit entering Week Five. Cleveland surrendered 23/38 for 347 net passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions to the Chargers last weekend, and allowed 20/32 for 314 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to the Raiders two games back. With two back-to-back performances resulting in 300+ yards and 2+ passing TDs given up in this phase of the game, it's fair to call the Browns' D a unit in crisis. An injury-riddled unit faces a struggling D in this one - we call that about even.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at DEN 58 18 32 117 0 2 0 0 0 0 3.85
2 at OAK 82 32 45 384 2 1 2 2 0 0 26.4
3 vs CIN 75 32 49 362 2 1 0 0 0 0 25.1
4 at PIT 79 20 33 189 1 1 3 0 0 1 9.45
5 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds * 22 34 * * * 2 * * * *
5 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 20 34 * * * 1 * * * *
5 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom * 20 32 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs PIT (20 / 33 / 189 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)

Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense struggled to find any sort of rhythm against the Steelers. The lack of weapons in the pass game, inconsistent play calling, and struggles against the blitz all hindered the Ravens offensive efficiency. Flacco was sacked 5 times and botched two snaps on top of it. The Ravens also failed to convert 3 times on 4th down including an ugly quarterback sneak, a coverage sack and a pitiful fake field goal. Flacco was sacked after two quick incompletions for a quick three and out on the Ravens opening possession. Flacco had 5 straight completions before making his first poor decision. Flacco misread the coverage allowing Cockrell to jump in front of Steve Smith for an easy interception while Laurence Timmons trailed Marlon Brown down the sideline. Flacco was sacked for a second time when he failed to identify edge pressure and was blindsided by Sean Spence. To open the second half, Flacco ran towards the sideline to avoid a Cameron Heyward sack but instead had it knocked out of his hands straight into the hands of Cockrell for his second giveaway of the game. Flacco's first downfield completion came midway through the 3rd quarter when he found Kamar Aiken in the back of the end zone for a 15 yard score. Flacco converted a 4th and 1 with a pinpoint throw to Nick Boyle in tight coverage. Flacco kept the Ravens season alive with a 20 yard sideline completion to Aiken as William Gay came untouched and put a hit on Flacco. Flacco again made a beautiful throw to Aiken in front of the safety but it was knocked out of Aiken's hands before he could secure the pass. In conclusion, the Ravens pass game lacked chemistry, execution and downfield plays before Smith left the game with injury.

2015 Week 3 vs CIN (32 / 49 / 362 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Joe Flacco had a solid game against the Bengals. The lack of success in the run game and the absence of downfield targets leave much to be desired. The result is that the Ravens offense has a very small margin of error against good defenses. They need perfect execution in the short and intermediate passing game to sustain offensive drives and score points. The Ravens too often found themselves in 3rd and long after a stuffed running play on first down and an incompletion on second down. 3rd and long gave the strong Bengals secondary a bigger advantage over the Ravens receivers. Offensive penalties often put the Ravens behind in the down and distance as well. Flacco had time to set his feet and throw from a comfortable pocket most of the game. Flacco's first shot downfield went to Kamar Aiken on 3rd and 5 who was outmuscled and pinned against the sideline by Dre Kirkpatrick. The Ravens settled for a field goal attempt that sailed wide right. Flacco's worst throw of the game came on the Raven's third possession. He received pressure from his blind side and threw a hurried pass across the field off his back foot to Adam Jones. One of Flacco's finest throws came on the opening possession of the second half. He rifled a perfect pass to Smith who was surrounded by 3 Bengals over the middle for 20 yards on 3rd and 5. Smith returned the favor and padded Flacco's stats by catching a short curl route and evading defenders en route to a 50 yard catch and run for a touchdown. Flacco made a beautiful sideline throw to Marlon Brown to convert a 3rd and 21 following an unnecessary roughness penalty. Flacco underthrew Kamar Aiken on a potential touchdown as he ran past Reggie Nelson and Adam Jones. Flacco connected with Maxx Williams down the seam for a gain of 27 as he found the soft spot in the Bengals zone coverage. Flacco kept the drive alive converting third and longs to Steve Smith and Michael Campanaro with decisive and accurate throws. Flacco capped the drive with a back shoulder throw to the front pylon as Steve Smith outmuscled Kirkpatrick for the football. On 4th and 17 following a facemask penalty Flacco underthrew Maxx Williams who was behind his defender and was forced to make a diving attempt at a poor pass.

2015 Week 2 vs OAK (32 / 45 / 384 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

Flacco played well overall but a couple key off-target throws probably cost the Ravens the game. After getting destroyed by the Broncos edge rushers and being called out by John Harbaugh, the Ravens' offensive tackles responded with an excellent performance against the Raiders' pass rushers. The line didn't give up a single sack and Flacco had a nice pocket to work from most of the afternoon. The first bad miss by Flacco was late in the first quarter from near midfield. Kamar Aiken had ten yards of separation behind the defense and Flacco underthrew him by at least 10-yards, causing Aiken to have to try to stop and come back for the ball which allowed the Raiders defenders to catch up. The drive did end up in a touchdown though as Flacco hit a wide-open Crockett Gilmore for an easy 26-yard score. Flacco had a nice connection all day with Gilmore, Smith and Aiken. Near the end of regulation, Flacco had Smith wide open in the end zone and would have given Ravens a 7-point lead late, but a terrible overthrow forced the Ravens to settle for a field goal. Flacco got the ball back with less than 30 seconds and needing a touchdown and threw an interception trying in desperation to make a big-play against the Raiders' prevent defense.

2015 Week 1 vs DEN (18 / 32 / 117 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Joe Flacco and the Ravens struggled mightily to move the ball against Denver's fierce defense on Sunday, but to some extent his struggles were understandable. Facing one of the best pass rushes in the NFL, Flacco lost his starting left tackle early in the game. From that point on, defenders virtually took up residence in the backfield, getting pressure from all directions him on more than half of his dropbacks. While much of Flacco's struggles are excusable given the circumstances he found himself in, he still found himself forcing plays late in the game trying to make something happen. With pressure coming up the middle and hands in his face late in the 3rd quarter, he dumped the ball off over the middle into the waiting arms of a Denver defender who returned it for a touchdown. On Baltimore's final play of the game, one of the few times Flacco had time to step up and survey the field, Flacco felt pressure that wasn't there and lobbed a pass with his feet not set for a game-ending interception. While Denver's defense deserves credit for Baltimore's anemic passing output, Flacco also deserves a large portion of the blame.


Latest News

Ravens | Joe Flacco has been decent against PIT (Thu Oct 1, 07:33 PM) - Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco has averaged 230.8 passing yards per game in his last nine games against the Pittsburgh Steelers with 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He is 3-4 in regular season play at Heinz Field in his career and has won three of his last five games there. Flacco is 155-for-251 (61.8%) for 1,596 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions in the regular season at Pittsburgh. Flacco faces the Steelers in Week 4 Thursday, Oct. 1.

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