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QB Joe Flacco - Baltimore Ravens

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

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Week 12: at New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Baltimore comes into this game off their bye week, so everyone should be healed of their dings and nicks - look for Joe Flacco and company to be going strong down in N'Arlins this weekend. When last we saw Flacco, he was throwing 16/27 for 169 passing yards, one TD and zero interceptions on the way to a 21-7 win over Tennessee. He leaned on Torrey Smith the most in that game (eight targets for 5/75/1 receiving), while Steve Smith Sr. squandered most of his seven chances (3/17/0 receiving). In fact, nobody other than Torrey Smith got over 40 yards receiving on a day that the running backs ground out 34/151/2 in the other phase of the game. The Saints' rep as being very tough at home has taken two significant hits over the past two weeks, as they dropped a 24-27 decision to the visiting 49ers two games ago (14/32 for 186 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, with four sacks taken for -24 yards), followed by a 10-27 drubbing at the hands of Cincinnati (16/22 for 219 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -1 yards). This is the same Cincinnati squad that two weeks ago had zero TDs and three interceptions thrown (and only 79 net yards passing out of 39 attempts). Suffice to say that the New Orleans' pass D has fallen off pace lately, especially in the passing-TDs-allowed department. Flacco and company have a neutral matchup here even though they are on the road to a deafening Mercedes-Benz Superdome for Monday Night Football. The Saints' glaring weakness at defending the run may conspire to keep the football handed off rather than thrown on Monday, though.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
8 at CIN 17 34 195 0 2 2 12 0 0
9 at PIT 30 45 303 2 1 1 2 0 0
10 vs TEN 16 27 169 1 0 3 -2 0 0
12 at NO PROJ-Dodds 23 37 * * * 2 * * *
12 at NO PROJ-Tremblay 24 39 * * * 2 * * *
12 at NO PROJ-Bloom 21 34 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs PIT (30 / 45 / 303 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Flacco was extremely erratic and flustered. The offensive line deserves blame for their pass protection. Osemele and Monroe set multiple free runners at Flacco off of stunts. There were at least 3 plays where Osemele and Monroe blocked a single rusher with another running through the line untouched. Monroe was horrible against James Harrison. Monroe was harassed and looked timid. The heavy pressure throughout the game on Flacco made him start to watch the rush instead of receivers and the results were predictably horrible. The Ravens offense got off to a solid start but quickly sputtered. Starting in great field position, Flacco threw a perfect deep ball to Torrey Smith who out fought his man McCain and hauled in the 35 yard touchdown. The following drive stalled on third and long as Flacco held the ball but couldn't find any one open. The Ravens never tried to exploit the massive cushion given to both Smiths, trying to attack downfield in unfavorable down and distances. This was compounded by Flacco's desire to extend plays and try to make something happen when opportunities weren't there. On one such play, Flacco tried to throw the ball away as he was wrapped up by Harrison but the sideline wasn't a big enough target for Flacco who watched his pass sail into the hands of Worilds. After the barrage of hits Flacco took before the interception, you could see his uneasiness standing in the pocket after his first read was covered. In the second half the Ravens looked to attack the middle of the field with Daniels but quickly abandoned that plan as well. Throughout the second half Flacco looked defeated. His accuracy became scattershot and looked like he was surrendering to the Steelers' defense.

2014 Week 10 vs TEN (16 / 27 / 169 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)

Flacco was largely inconsistent against the Titans. Flacco missed on multiple throws around the line of scrimmage, was affected by pressure, but played much better than against the Steelers. The offensive line was much improved especially Osemele who was back to being his physical and dominant self. A commitment to the running game paid few dividends in the first half leaving them in unfavorable down and distances. However, as the game rolled on Forsett and Flacco would find holes in the Titans defense. Early in the game Flacco stepped up in the pocket and kept his eyes downfield. Against the Steelers Flacco was struggling against pressure so stepping up in the pocket and finding Kamar Aiken after the play broke down was a positive sign. The problem would resurface on 3rd and 9 facing interior pressure Flacco faded away and his pass fell short to Steve Smith. The Ravens fell to 0-4 on third down after Flacco dropped the snap and was sacked. Flacco underthrew Torrey Smith who was a couple of yards behind his defender and streaking towards the end zone. Flacco made an impressive throw to convert their first third down conversion. Flacco rifled the pass to Daniels across the field to the sideline. Flacco threw a perfect strike to Torrey Smith who easily beat his man for the 32 yard touchdown. Flacco made another impressive throw escaping the pocket and gunning a pass to Daniels between 2 defenders. Overall it was a very vanilla day for the Ravens offense who knew they would be better off trying not to beat themselves instead of trying to beat the Titans.

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Schedule

12@ New Orleans Saints
13vs San Diego Chargers
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs Jacksonville Jaguars
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Cleveland Browns