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 Oct 27): Flacco has been a boom/bust option all year, and with the big back Lorenzo Taliaferro scoring twice on the ground against Cincinnati, file Week 8 under "bust". This week at the Steelers presents a great matchup, but Flacco is only a bye/injury/emergency option because of his inherent risk in any given week.
Week 9: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco didn't play well at Cincinnati, throwing 17/34 for 195 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions, with one sack taken for -8 yards. One of his top receivers, Torrey Smith, got his bell rung during the game and though he was cleared of concussion symptoms, Torrey Smith never reeled in a reception throughout the game. Steve Smith saw nine targets but only hauled in 3/35/0 receiving on the day - in fact, backup running back Lorenzo Taliaferro led the Ravens in receiving last week with three targets for 2/42/0. Flacco has been trending downwards since his five-TD explosion three games back - he's thrown two and then zero since - and Crockett Gillmore (two targets for 2/23/0) wasn't explosive in place of the injured Owen Daniels in Gillmore's first NFL opportunity as a starting tight end. A malaise has settled over the Ravens' passing attack entering the second half of the season. Flacco did throw two TDs against Pittsburgh back in Week 2 (21/29 for 166 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken). Owen Daniels handled both TDs for Flacco back in September. The Steelers' pass defense runs in the middle of the NFL pack, averaging 250.1 net yards allowed per game (19th in the NFL), with 13 TDs given out vs. six interceptions (tied-17th in the NFL) and 12 sacks (tied-23rd) generated to date. Andrew Luck threw 26/45 for 385 net yards, three TDs and two interceptions at Pittsburgh last week (two sacks taken for -15 yards), while Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed 21/32 for 261 net yards, two TDs and one interception, with one sack taken for -1 yard at Pittsburgh two games back. Both of these teams have headed in the wrong direction of late - this matchup looks about even to us before the AFC North rivals clash on Sunday Night Football.
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Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 6 vs TB (21 / 29 / 306 / 5 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco topped his excellent game in Carolina. With 2 rookies starting on the offensive line the Ravens' offense dominated. Flacco wasn't sacked, the running game was efficient and receivers made plays when given the opportunity. Even when faced with elongated down and distances smart and fast decision making from Flacco kept the offense humming. In the red zone Flacco hit Torrey Smith perfectly in stride on a slant for an easy touchdown. Following an interception and starting in good field position Flacco hit Smith again on a slant for a touchdown. The Ravens had obviously seen something to exploit in Tampa Bay's coverage because the first 5 throws of the game were to the flat or to the intermediate middle area. On 3rd and 8 in the red zone Flacco threw a perfect touch pass between the linebackers and both safeties to Kamar Aiken who was running the seam for a touchdown. Flacco was very accurate and throwing with more touch than usual. He had a very nice pass to Daniels on a corner route that floated down perfectly into Daniels' hands. Flacco followed this with a highpoint pass to Campanaro down the seam for his 4th touchdown strike in the 1st quarter. Flacco continued his dominance with a deep bomb to Steve Smith who he found in stride for a 56 yard touchdown. After the two made a connection, there were several more. Flacco made an impressive throw with pressure in his face stepping up to Steve Smith on 3rd and 7. Flacco would go back to Smith more on a scoring possession featuring 3 catches and first downs from Steve.
2014 Week 7 vs ATL (16 / 25 / 258 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco and the offense had an up and down day. On the opening drive, Flacco underthrew Torrey Smith on a deep ball he had beat Robert Alford on, but Smith came back to the ball and drew a pass interference call. The Ravens went 5 wide in the red zone with Daniels in the slot. Daniels settled down between 3 defenders and Flacco showed off his arm strength gunning the ball into tight coverage. The following possession stalled quickly as Flacco faced pressure and couldn't find any open receivers. The inconsistency of James Hurst was problematic. 3 holding penalties, mistakes and failed assignments were very detrimental to the offense. Although his play slowly but progressively improved as the game went on. Flacco made another impressive throw similar to the Daniels touchdown to Steve Smith on a slant pattern. Flacco waited for Smith to clear the linebacker underneath and rifled a pass to Smith in a tight window between 2 defenders. On the following play Hurst blocked no one , he appeared to not know the play, but Flacco stood tall in the pocket and found Gilmore for a first down despite the immediate pressure. Flacco couldn't keep his impressive play streak alive. Flacco threw a deep ball to Torrey Smith who got shielded by Alford who saw the pass coming the whole way and made an easy interception. Flacco had predetermined where he wanted to throw the ball and the results were poor. Next series ended with another free rusher that sacked Flacco. Worrilow went untouched by Yanda for the sack. On 1st and 20 following the 3rd Hurst holding penalty of the first half, Flacco made a really nice throw to Daniels who got vertical down the seam for a gain of 19. Another miscommunication on the left side of the offensive line lead to another free rusher at Flacco and an incomplete pass. With 37 seconds to play Flacco closed the first half with another scoring drive. First he hit Daniels on an out for 11 yards to start the drive. Then a perfect pass on an in route to Torrey Smith for 22 yards was all Justin Tucker needed to get in field goal range. After carrying a big lead into the second half the Ravens were more passive throwing downfield. Mostly relying on the running game and defense to close out the win. Flacco drove his team into the red zone once again behind the battering run game. Flacco threw a perfect pass to Torrey Smith who watched the would be touchdown skip off his hands. The following play Flacco threw an ugly interception to Alford once again. The pass was lofted into the end zone and the jump ball was easily caught by the closest player who was Alford. Each week it seems Flacco is getting more comfortable with all of his recievers, except maybe Jacoby Jones who's largely been removed from the gameplan with the improvement and emergence of young players like Campanaro and Aiken who have started making plays on a weekly basis. With less than 2 minutes to play, holding a 15 point lead the Ravens went for it on 4th and 9. The result was a perfect throw from Flacco and a redo for Torrey Smith who hauled in the long pass for 39 yards and a touchdown.
2014 Week 8 vs CIN (17 / 34 / 195 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco was very bad against the Bengals. The whole Ravens offense looked overmatched. Penalties and good defense for much of the game kept the Ravens in the game. With the return of 2 starting offensive lineman those looking for improved performance were left unsatisfied. Too often one or multiple lineman would lose their matchups or Flacco would be unable to find any open receivers. Flacco frequently escaped the pocket but was left running alone usually unable to find anyone after extending the play. Flacco had 2 passes nearly intercepted on the Ravens opening possession. The first was a slant to Steve Smith and Smith simply didn't make a good attempt on the ball. The second was a hideous play with excellent protection. Flacco had all day in the pocket but didn't trust the protection and stepped into the rush. With a defender grabbing him Flacco made a flat footed late throw to the boundary to a well-covered Smith. In stark contrast the following play he stood tall in a muddy pocket and threw a strike to Campanaro down the middle of the field to convert a 3rd and 10. The drive would result in no points when Kamar Aiken dropped a sure touchdown on 4th and goal from the 1. Following the 1 semi-successful first drive, were hideous displays the rest of the first half. The Ravens could never stay ahead in the down and distance. Flacco was hugely inefficient; throwing the ball away instead of finding a check down way too often. The bottom line was that no one made plays and the Ravens were happy to be conservative facing a relatively small deficit. The Ravens opened the second half attacking the Bengals aggressiveness with a screen pass for 21 yards. The momentum would be killed quickly as Flacco gunned a pass at Torrey Smith that hit Bengals' linebacker Lamur in the hands for an easy interception. While Smith could have made a better attempt to attack the ball, it was a horrible throw. Flacco's following target to Torrey Smith was just as ugly. Smith was injured as he ran his route and Flacco's throw went straight to Smith's defender Pacman Jones for an easy interception. Flacco was simply off all day on his deep passes. Too often they were landing yards away from recievers. The results were more aggressive coverages and more tough throws for Flacco in the intermediate area of the field. To no surprise, when the Ravens needed a play downfield on the final drive down by 3, no one delivered. Flacco threw a bomb to Steve Smith who hauled it in and ran for a touchdown but was flagged for offensive pass interference, sealing Baltimore's fate.
Latest NewsRavens | Torrey Smith, Joe Flacco not clicking (Mon Oct 27, 02:57 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith has been the intended target for five of QB Joe Flacco's seven interceptions this season, which is tied for the most interceptions when targeting a receiver. Smith has also caught only 46.2 percent of the passes thrown to him this season. Our View: Smith is running plenty of routes, and the film shows he's getting open. Flacco and Smith have been out of sync most weeks. Drop expectations for both until we see more consistency from week to week.
link to story Ravens | Owen Daniels meshing with QB (Mon Oct 20, 08:44 AM) - Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels was targeted by QB Joe Flacco nine times Sunday, Oct. 19, and caught six balls for 58 yards and a touchdown in Week 7. Daniels is second on the team with 27 catches, 275 yards and three touchdowns. 'He makes catches in traffic,' Flacco said. 'He obviously has held onto the ball a lot of times while getting hit by two guys, even one in the end zone. So, yes, I have a lot of confidence throwing to him.' link to story
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