QB Joe Flacco - Baltimore Ravens
|6-6, 236||Born: 1-16-1985||College: Delaware||Drafted: Round 1, pick 18|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 5): Flacco piloted an extreme pass heavy attack against a Dolphins defense that seemed ill-equipped to slow it down. He should have a lot of the offense on his shoulder again this week at Foxboro and will be a suitable streamer with momentum.
Week 14: at New England Patriots
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco blew up for his third multiple-pass-TD game of the year last week, setting season highs in passing yards (381) and TDs (four) with just one interception thrown. Dennis Pitta posted his finest game in living memory with 11 targets for 9/90/2 receiving, wile Breshad Perriman handled three targets for 2/59/1 receiving to check in at second on the team in receiving. Mike Wallace (seven for 6/59/0) and Steve Smith Sr. (10 for 6/53/0) were also over 50 yards receiving, while even Kamar Aiken went over 40 (three for 3/41/0). Running back Terrance West handled three for 3/18/1 on the day. Flacco has two multiple-passing-TD games in his last four games - it looks like the Ravens' pass offense may be peaking during the stretch run into the playoffs. The Patriots' pass defense is in the middle of the NFL in most categories, averaging 243.0 net passing yards allowed per game (12th in the NFL) with 17 passing scores given out vs. seven interceptions and 26 sacks generated (21st- and 14th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), New England has averaged 20.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); and 24 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (16th in the NFL); with 6.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (12th-least). Jared Goff had a tough time at New England last weekend, but what did we expect from a rookie at Bill Belichick's house? (14/32 for 126 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -35 yards). This looks like a neutral matchup for the high-flying Ravens.
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 13 vs MIA (36 / 47 / 381 / 4 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense played their best game of the season. The Ravens marched down the field on their opening possession. The Ravens implemented a pass heavy game plan and attacked the Dolphins coverage over the middle of the field. On the opening drive Flacco threaded the needle between two defenders and completed to Steve Smith in stride for a 23 yard gain. Flacco capped the drive with a 3 yard touchdown pass to Terrence West off of play action. Flacco put together another touchdown drive featuring completions to Nick Boyle and Kamar Aiken and capped it with another precise throw over the middle for a 13 yard touchdown to Dennis Pitta. Flacco's sole blemish on an otherwise excellent game was an interception intended for Wallace. Wallace and Flacco were not on the same page and Byron Maxwell snagged the easy interception. The Ravens put together an 18 play touchdown drive following the interception. Flacco was 12/14 passing on the drive including a 4th down conversion and capped the drive with a 9 yard connection to Pitta. Flacco's fourth touchdown was a short completion to Breshad Perriman on a crossing route that he took for a 53 yard catch and run. Flacco was replaced by Ryan Mallet the ensuing possession.
2016 Week 12 vs CIN (25 / 36 / 234 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 19 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco and the Ravens implemented a very conservative game plan against the Bengals. The Ravens were not able to sustain offense for the majority of the game because of their conservative approach. The majority of Flacco's passes were around the line of scrimmage with only a couple deep throws. The Ravens opening possession was a 75 yard touchdown drive fueled by Kenneth Dixon and Breshad Perriman. Dixon had gains of 15 and 16 on the drive and Perriman made a nice catch on a well thrown ball from Flacco in the corner of the end zone for a 14 yard touchdown. Carlos Dunlap batted one of Flacco's passes intended for Darren Waller and Rey Maualuga came down with the interception. Flacco made a nice throw to Wallace with Vontaze Burfict in coverage for 31 yards featuring an impressive run after the catch by Wallace. Flacco took a 5 yard sack by running out of bounds instead of throwing the ball away, forcing a 57 yard field goal attempt. Flacco set up another field goal attempt before half time with an 18 yard completion to Pitta down the seam. The Ravens played even more conservatively after getting a lead at halftime. The Ravens managed only 3 second half points and were content to let their defense win the game. Penalties once again hurt the Ravens and Steve Smith was the primary culprit with 2 costly infractions. Flacco was nearly intercepted for a second time by Dre Kirkpatrick who jumped the route and collided with Pitta as he tried to make the catch. The Ravens run game and a screen pass to Kyle Juszczyk set up the Ravens final score of the game, a 36 yard field goal from Tucker.
2016 Week 11 vs DAL (23 / 35 / 269 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense struggled to find consistency against the Cowboys. Penalties and missed throws were the primary culprits in the Ravens inefficiency. The Ravens had multiple holding penalties and 2 unnecessary roughness penalties each contributing to stalling a drive. Flacco missed open receivers on multiple occasions. Flacco threw off the mark to Steve Smith to stall the Ravens opening possession. Flacco also missed Terrence West and Kenneth Dixon on easy throws to the flat. Flacco and his targets were unable to connect on any deep passes. Mike Wallace appeared to be interfered with on his first deep target and was unable to get his feet down in bounds on another deep ball from Flacco. Flacco was able to connect with Wallace and Smith in the underneath and intermediate pass game. Flacco connected with the duo for gains of 22, 27 and 22. Flacco was accurate over the middle and his speedy receivers found yards after the catch. Flacco's most impressive throw was a 13 yard strike to Smith to convert a third and long backed up deep in Ravens territory. Flacco's touchdown to Smith was a well placed throw on a slant route to Smith for a 5 yard touchdown.
2016 Week 10 vs CLE (30 / 41 / 296 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco had a rough start against Cleveland with mistakes and inaccurate throws. First, Flacco missed Kamar Aiken who had a step on Joe Haden deep. Flacco then narrowly missed Steve Smith deep. Flacco would go back to Smith again deep but was intercepted on his second attempt. Flacco overthrew the pass and Smith simply lost the battle with Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Flacco made a great sideline throw to Smith for a gain of 14 on 3rd and 12. Flacco moved the Ravens into field goal range with another 3rd down conversion to Pitta and the Ravens went into halftime trailing the Browns 6 to 7. Flacco engineered a touchdown drive to open the second half. Flacco connected with Wallace, West and Smith to move the Ravens deep into Browns territory. Flacco capped the drive finding Darren Waller in the back of the end zone for a 4 yard touchdown. Flacco could not keep his momentum alive and was intercepted in the end zone by Joe Haden. Flacco threw late to Kenneth Dixon as he scrambled and Haden jumped in front of Dixon and made the interception. Following a turnover Flacco got the Ravens back into the end zone threading the needle to Smith in traffic for an 11 yard score. Flacco would throw another strike this time to Perriman down the sideline for a 27 yard touchdown.
2016 Week 9 vs PIT (18 / 30 / 241 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco did not play well in a win against the Steelers. The Ravens struggled to sustain offense and score. Flacco missed open receivers and the run game was ineffective. A number of penalties contributed to the Ravens stalled drives including 4 on Ronnie Stanley who struggled to block James Harrison all game. Flacco was unable to make plays downfield. The two biggest pass plays the Ravens had were the 95 yard touchdown to Wallace and a 30 yard completion to Smith. Both plays were short passes with most of the yards gained after the catch. Flacco missed throws to Perriman running a 9 route on a potential big play, Pitta wide open in the middle of the field, and Darren Waller down the sideline matched up on a linebacker. Flacco's interception was an ugly throw off his back foot and across his body. The pass sailed right into the hands of Artie Burns. Arguably Flacco's best play of the game was a 14 yard scramble on 3rd and 12. Flacco slid awkwardly at the end of the run and broke his knee brace forcing him to miss a few plays.
2016 Week 7 vs NYJ (25 / 44 / 248 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco and the Ravens managed 3 first half field goals and were shut out in the second half of a favorable matchup with the Jets. Flacco had an inconsistent game but managed to make big plays in the first half to get the Ravens on the scoreboard. First, Flacco launched a beautiful bomb to Mike Wallace in double coverage who made the catch for a 53 yard gain. Flacco also made 2 great throws to Kamar Aiken for big gains of 20 and 29 yards. However, Flacco made costly mistakes in the second half. Flacco was intercepted by Buster Skrine who jumped an out route and made the easy interception. Flacco threw the ball right into Skrine's hands. Flacco was intercepted again on the Ravens ensuing possession. Flacco threw well over the head of Breshad Perriman over the middle right to Marcus Gilchrist. Flacco appeared to fade away as he threw despite facing no pressure. The Ravens were forced to punt after Flacco threw a few yards over the head of Wallace. On the Ravens final possession Flacco missed Chris Moore who came wide open over the middle. Flacco and the offense was unable to handle the pressure the Jets brought. The Ravens are anxiously awaiting the return of injured players Ronnie Stanley and Marshal Yanda.
2016 Week 6 vs NYG (26 / 48 / 307 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense had an inconsistent and inefficient showing against the Giants. The Ravens were without their two starting tackles and All-Pro guard but the ugly performance went beyond the offensive line play. Penalties and failing to make plays kept the Ravens from being consistent. The passing game featured too many incompletions leaving the offense with too many third and long situations. Of the Ravens 12 possessions, 5 featured a 3rd down of 10 or more yards. This does not include the 2 drives the Ravens started deep in Giants territory resulting in field goals. The inefficiency in the red zone was the difference in the game. The inability to stay ahead of down and distances whether passing or running the ball does not bode well for the Ravens offensive outlook. The change at offensive coordinator did bring a few positive changes. The Ravens used more play action and stayed more committed to the run game despite limited success. More deep shots from Flacco produced good results for the Ravens offense. Flacco was able to hit big plays to key the Ravens scoring drives. Flacco connected with Perriman for 41 yards, Wallace for 70, and Aiken for 22 yards. Flacco also netted a 42 yard pass interference penalty to Wallace and a 30 yard penalty targeting Perriman. Outside of the big plays the Ravens could not establish any sort of offensive rhythm.
2016 Week 5 vs WAS (30 / 46 / 210 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
The Ravens opening possession was the lone highlight of their offensive performance. The Ravens featured the running game and kept the offense in favorable down and distances. Flacco capped the drive with a nice 7 yard touchdown to Crocket Gillmore. Arguably Flacco's best throw of the game was an out route to Steve Smith with Greg Toler in tight coverage for 7 yards and a first down but the Ravens were unable to convert tough plays the majority of the game. Flacco threw a potential 50 yard touchdown strike to Perriman that hit him in the hands but he could not make the play. In excellent field position following a turnover, the Ravens offense went 3 and out. The Ravens decided to try a fake field goal pass play which failed miserably. The Ravens failed to convert a single third down outside of the first quarter. The Ravens 7 ensuing possessions ended in 4 plays or less including 4 three and outs and 2 sacks. The Ravens play calling lacked continuity and the execution of called plays was poor. Flacco faced consistent pressure behind a makeshift offensive line without both of its starting tackles. The Ravens receivers failed to make plays when given opportunities and Flacco missed his share of open receivers. Flacco did get a chance at delivering a game winning touchdown trailing by 6 and almost delivered. Perriman caught a potential 26 yard touchdown from Flacco but could not get his second foot in bounds. Then on fourth down Flacco threw a strike to Wallace who took a hit and dropped the pass. The offensive performance resulted in Marc Trestman being fired. The lack of commitment to the running game and the inability to make big plays in the passing game were the trademark failures.
2016 Week 4 vs OAK (32 / 52 / 298 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
Joe Flacco and the Ravens passing game could not find success for much of the game. The Ravens offensive performance in the first half was abysmal. The Ravens first 3 possessions featured 3 penalties and a 3 and out. On one of the only positive plays Flacco connected with Wallace over the middle for 17 yards on the Ravens first offensive play. Flacco moved the ball into the red zone on the Ravens 4th possession starting in excellent field position. Flacco connected with Steve Smith for 17 yards but could not find a target in the end zone. Flacco threw high and wide of Wallace and Smith on consecutive plays forcing a field goal. Flacco again could not connect with Steve Smith off of a flea flicker because of interior pressure and the Ravens were again forced to punt. Running the hurry up offense Flacco moved the Ravens downfield with completions to Breshad Perriman and Smith. Flacco was nearly intercepted targeting Chris Moore deep. Flacco's throw was well off target and the Ravens settled for another field goal. The Ravens began to feed Terrence West in the second half and it paid dividends for their offense. Flacco chipped in with two conversion to Crocket Gillmore and then capping the drive with a 1 yard quarterback sneak. Flacco was strip sacked after holding the ball far too long and showing no sense of urgency despite being under pressure most of the game. Fortunately, Steve Smith delivered a big play when the Ravens needed it. Flacco connected with Smith over the middle who made two defenders miss on his way to a 52 yard touchdown. With the game on the line Flacco made two bad throws. First Flacco threw behind Moore then short of Dennis Pitta to bring up a 4th and 10 the Ravens could not convert.
2016 Week 3 vs JAX (29 / 40 / 214 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 12 / 1 rush)
Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense were once again inefficient. Flacco managed to string together 21 consecutive completions but by no means was the offense firing on all cylinders. The offense produced almost no big plays and committed turnovers while sacks and penalties kept them behind the eight ball. The Ravens first two possessions ended in quick punts. Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman were each guilty of a drop and Flacco missed Smith on 3rd down with pressure in his face. The Ravens got going mixing in their top weapons. Flacco made nice throws over the middle to Wallace and Pitta. Then found Smith who gained 22 thanks to his open field running. A personal foul moved the offense inside the red zone and Flacco capped the drive with a 7 yard touchdown scramble. Flacco hit Breshad Perrriman for a 15 yard gain to set up a field goal after starting in good field position. Two personal fouls by the Jaguars aided the Ravens in scoring another field goal before halftime. First a roughing the passer penalty extended the drive on 3rd down. Then Flacco took an ugly strip sack holding the ball far too long. Luckily the ball bounced back into his arms. Then another personal foul gave Justin Tucker a second field goal attempt after missing the first. Flacco's streak of completions ended with arguably his best throw of the day. Flacco hit Mike Wallace in the hands for a 19 yard touchdown but the pass was dropped and the Ravens kicked another field goal. The Ravens offensive output to this point was uninspiring and it got worse. The Ravens fail to get a first down their next two possessions thanks to two penalties on the offensive line. Flacco then threw wide of Pitta, the pass was tipped and intercepted by Tashaun Gipson. Flacco was again intercepted on his next pass attempt. Flacco was hit by Fowler as he threw and intercepted by Paul Posluszny. Flacco got the Ravens into field goal with a fourth down conversion to Steve Smith after starting in good field position.
2016 Week 2 vs CLE (25 / 45 / 302 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense struggled to find consistency against the Browns. A struggling run game and dropped passes proved to be the two biggest plagues to Baltimore's success. Flacco had a number of inaccurate throws particularly in the first half. Flacco looked hurried in the pocket and failed to set his feet. The Ravens offense failed to put any points on the board until there was less than three minutes remaining in the first half. Flacco's first interception came on Baltimore's second possession already down 14-0. Flacco threw a slant to Steve Smith but Haden saw the throw coming a mile away and jumped in front of Smith for the easy interception. The following possession Flacco hit rookie Chris Moore in stride for a 36 yard touchdown but the pass went off the rookie's finger tips. The drive ended with Forsett getting stopped for no gain on 4th down. Finally Flacco and the Ravens offense began to produce after sleep walking through most of the first half. Flacco began peppering Pitta with targets. Flacco hit Pitta behind the Browns linebackers down the seam for a catch and run of 30. Then Flacco hit Gillmore for 22 more with a 15 yard personal foul tacked on. Flacco capped the drive wih a 7 yard slant to Mike Wallace for the touchdown. Flacco opened the second half with completions of 19 and 31 to Steve Smith. Setting up a 17 yard touchdown to Wallace on a backshoulder throw. Flacco was intercepted the following possession throwing deep to Breshad Perriman. The throw was too far inside and Haden again came down with an easy interception. The Ravens put together two more drives ending in field goals thanks to a 28 yard gain to Pitta over the middle and the Ravens running game picking up steam.
2016 Week 1 vs BUF (22 / 33 / 258 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco had an up and down day. Flacco was well protected throughout the game and played well in his return from injury. The Ravens opened with a conservative game script. The first drive consisted of 3 run plays and 2 dump off passes to backs in the flat. The following possession opened with two short completions to Steve Smith. Faced with 3rd down and 11 Flacco connected with Mike Wallace for a 15 yard gain. The following play Jeremy Zuttah snapped the ball before Flacco expected causing a fumble the Bills recovered. To jumpstart the Ravens third possession Flacco threw a strike down the sideline to Breshad Perriman for a 35 yard gain. Flacco followed it by escaping the pocket and connecting with Aiken for 16 more. The play showed how Flacco's mobility does not seem affected by the knee injury. Flacco made his best throw of the game to capitalize on a huge opportunity. Flacco checked out of a run call when he saw a safety lining up to cover Wallace. Wallace burned his man and Flacco hit him in stride for a 66 yard touchdown. Flacco was 10/13 for 160 yards and a touchdown at this point in the game but the offense began to sputter. After hitting his highest high of the game a string of ugly plays ensued. Flacco missed Pitta low, threw wide of Wallace, was sacked and had a potential pick six dropped on a miscue with Steve Smith. The Ravens then turned the ball over on downs the following possession on 4th and short. Flacco reignited the offense with a nice back shoulder throw down the seam to Dennis Pitta for 27 yards. The offense picked up two first downs in their four minute offense and secured the victory.
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