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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 13: vs San Diego Chargers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco has watched Justin Forsett plow in two rushing scores per game over the past two contests - the game plan has been slanted towards the rushing game during recent contests, with 24 passes attempted vs. 32 rushes at New Orleans (Flacco threw 18/24 for 243 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with one sack taken for -9 yards at the Superdome) and 27 passes attempted and 34 rushes vs. Tennessee (16/27 for 169 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -8 yards). Flacco and company having a winning NFL formula these days, but they aren't creating jaw-dropping fantasy numbers in this phase of the game. The Smiths have split the available passing scores, with Torrey Smith reeling in the TD vs. Tennessee (eight targets for 5/75/1 receiving, to lead the team in receiving), while Steve Smith Sr. (six targets for 4/89/1 receiving) got the TD at New Orleans. Torrey Smith led the team in receiving last week (six for 5/98/0) - the two wideouts are the most productive fantasy receivers for the Ravens entering the holiday weekend. San Diego averages 221.3 net yards passing allowed per game, with 18 passing scores given out over 11 games, while generating just six interceptions (tied for 26th in the NFL) and only 18 sacks (tied for 27th). Shaun Hill and company posted 19/36 for 210 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown vs. San Diego last week (with one sack taken for -7 yards); Derek Carr dinked-and-dunked to 16/34 for 162 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions, and two sacks taken for -10 yards at San Diego two games back. Both of these units are on an even (if mediocre) keel entering Week 13 - neither has a clear edge over the other. Also, Justin Forsett has been really hot of late in the rushing phase of the game - Flacco may not need to sling the ball much in this contest.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
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 18 24 243 1 0 2 2 0 0
13 vs SD PROJ-Dodds 22 35 * * * 2 * * *
13 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay 22 35 * * * 2 * * *
13 vs SD PROJ-Bloom 20 32 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 12 vs NO (18 / 24 / 243 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

Joe Flacco played very well against the Saints. The offense functioned efficiently and a variety of contributors made big plays. Flacco made a couple nice plays on the opening drive. First he did well to elude pressure and find Juszczyk underneath to counter pressure brought by New Orleans. Flacco delivered an accurate pass to the boundary to Steve Smith allowing him to run after the catch. Flacco capped the drive with a perfect touchdown throw to Steve Smith in 1 on 1 coverage on third and long in the red zone. The following drive stalled quickly after a miss on a slant to Torrey Smith and a well-designed coverage appeared to fool Flacco who was nearly intercepted by David Hawthorne on 3rd down. As the Ravens ran the ball with success the Saints began blitzing Kenny Vaccaro. Flacco answered with a 40 yard bomb to Steve Smith who again beat single coverage on a vertical pattern. The Ravens were in position to score after the big play but a Juszczyk fumbled near the goal line. The only sack of Flacco came on a stunt when Galette beat Osemele with speed forcing the Ravens to punt on a promising drive. Flacco escaped the pocket after his initial reads were covered and found Steve Smith wide open for a gain of 20. Flacco followed it up with a nice pass to Marlon Brown over the middle to convert a 3rd and long. Flacco showed a connection with Torrey Smith in the short passing game. He hit Smith 4 times on short to intermediate routes in the 4th quarter each time giving Smith a chance to make a play after the catch.

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Schedule

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