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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 16: at Houston Texans

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco hasn't had to throw the ball much in order to win games of late - last week, the Ravens got a blocked punt return for a TD to open the game (Flacco threw 20/30 for 221 yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with zero sacks taken vs. Jacksonville), while two weeks ago they posted 31/183/2 rushing as a team at Miami (Flacco owned 7/16/1 rushing to go with his 25/33 for 269 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -5 yards). The good news for Flacco is that Torrey Smith's balky knee (he didn't catch a ball in Week 14 and was used as a decoy) is in better shape and Smith managed 2/16/0 receiving out of three targets vs. Jacksonville, while Marlon Brown (five targets for 5/66/0), Owen Daniels (nine for 4/62/1) and Steve Smith (five for 5/37/0) all saw a good bit of action despite the restricted number of TD passes during Week 15. We'll see if the Ravens open things up a bit more for Flacco and company against Houston. Houston's pass D is ranked 26th in the NFL averaging 257.1 net yards allowed per game, with 25 passing scores given up to date vs. 17 interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL) and 31 sacks (tied for 22nd) generated. Last week, Indianapolis was held to a surprisingly stingy 18/34 for 168 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown (with two sacks taken for -19 yards), while Jacksonville was in the same neighborhood two games ago (20/40 for 188 net yards, one TD and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -17 yards). Of late, the Texans' pass D is much stronger than their season average would indicate. This looks like a neutral matchup for the visiting Ravens.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at NO 18 24 243 1 0 2 2 0 0
13 vs SD 19 31 225 2 0 2 3 1 0
14 at MIA 25 33 269 2 1 7 16 1 0
15 vs JAX 20 30 221 1 0 4 8 0 0
16 at HOU PROJ-Dodds 22 35 * * * 3 * * *
16 at HOU PROJ-Tremblay 22 34 * * * 3 * * *
16 at HOU PROJ-Bloom 18 31 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs SD (19 / 31 / 225 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 1 rush)

Joe Flacco played one of his best games of the season. His stat line doesn't accurately portray his play. Flacco was excellent in the pocket. Knowing when and where to move almost without fail. He did very well to find receivers after extending plays. There were numerous drops, penalties, and near misses also hurt Flacco's production. The Chargers had a plan to take away Steve Smith and clog the middle with pressures. Ravens answered by pounding the ball, moving Flacco away from the pressures, and attacking Sharese Wright no matter who he was covering. Flacco made impressive plays on the opening touchdown drive. First, Flacco rolled to his right and made an accurate throw between defenders to Torrey Smith for a first down. Then, converted a third down thanks to a great one handed catch by Marlon Brown who reached behind him but managed to keep his momentum forward and pick up the needed yardage. Inspired by Brown's catch, Torrey Smith snagged a bullet over the middle one handed in front of Eric Weddle who thought he had an interception. It was an impressive throw from Flacco with Freeney in his face and hitting Smith perfectly in stride on the post route. Following a turnover and in the red zone again, Flacco could not convert on third down. Flacco had Steve Smith come wide open out of a bunch formation. Smith had to ask for the pass before Flacco threw an inaccurate lollipop to Smith a yard short of the first who was promptly tackled. This would be the first of many field goal drives for the Ravens. Flacco did very well against pressure he did well a couple times to step in the pocket just so he could throw the ball away. On one play Flacco bought himself 8 seconds of time scrambling and standing around before lobbing a jump ball to Marlon Brown. Flacco missed a touchdown inside the 5 yard lines. Forsett came open on a swing pass but Flacco saw him late and threw out of the reach of Forsett forcing another field goal. Flacco threw an ugly pass to a wide open Kamar Aiken 30 yards downfield who dropped it. However, a roughing the passer penalty extended the drive. Flacco found Smith wide open on slant route for an easy touchdown. On the Raven's final play Flacco faced immediate pressure and threw incomplete leaving all the time the Chargers needed for the game winning drive.

2014 Week 14 vs MIA (25 / 33 / 269 / 2 / 1 pass, 7 / 16 / 1 rush)

Joe Flacco played very well overall. He was very efficient, accurate, and mostly avoided costly mistakes. Flacco had to deal with the loss of Torrey Smith for the game who had his knee swell up prior to kick off but the Ravens depth at receiver is much improved. The Ravens first 3 drives they were unable to pick up a first down. The Dolphins did an excellent job plugging the middle with big bodies and anticipating screen passes. The Ravens also hurt themselves with a pre-snap penalty. Flacco helped the offense snap out of the funk with nice throws to Taliaferro and Steve Smith each going for 20 yards. Flacco darted a perfect pass to Steve Smith for a touchdown who watched the pass bounce off his hands. This drop would be magnified by a horrific play from Flacco. Vernon came unblocked off Flacco's blindside causing Flacco to throw up an ugly jump ball that was picked by R.J. Stanford. Flacco came back from the interception in top form. Backed up at his own 4 yard line he scrambled up the middle and slid to a stop after 15 yards. Flacco then went on a rampage marching the Ravens to the 1 yard line with 4 throws to Kamar Aiken, 1 to Marlon Brown and 1 to Daniels. Flacco has shown trust in every member of his receiving corps in recent weeks simply operating the offense instead of force feeding Steve Smith like earlier in the season. Flacco has arguably the best weapons he ever had with the emergence of Aiken and Brown. Flacco capped the drive with 1 yard score to Steve Smith rolling out to his right. Flacco made another impressive throw on a rollout following a 4th and 1 quarterback sneak. Flacco rolled to his right, planted his feat, looked deep, saw the free rusher and Daniels come open simultaneously and rifled a dart over the middle to Daniels for a first down. Flacco finished the drive with passes to Jones, Brown and Aiken for the touchdown. It didn't matter who Flacco was throwing to against the Dolphins. He was finding favorable matchups and delivered passes allowing his receivers to make plays. With a 1 point lead Flacco hit Aiken and Steve Smith each once on comeback routes for 26 yards to start the drive. Then Flacco threw a nice back shoulder fade to Steve Smith for 18 more yards. Forsett capped the drive with a 2 yard touchdown. Flacco did a quarterback sneak to cap a drive of nothing but run plays and seal the game for the Ravens.

2014 Week 15 vs JAX (20 / 30 / 221 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)

Joe Flacco didn't get to see the field until 5 minutes into the first quarter and found himself leading 7-3. Despite the poor production, Flacco played within himself and didn't make any costly mistakes. The Jaguars came with an aggressive and effective game plan that stifled the Ravens offense holding them to only 13 points despite their recent successes. The Jaguars did well to keep the Ravens in long down and distances while blanketing the Ravens weapons outside at receiver. Neither Smith was able to break free from coverage with the exception of curl and slant routes. Adjustments were made to attack the middle of the field but the Ravens offense largely struggled. The opening drive quickly stalled after an overthrow from Flacco and a pre-snap penalty that would be a common theme in ending Ravens drives. The next drive ended as abruptly with a Jusczcyk fumble. After kicking a field goal the Jaguars executed an onside kick to perfection leaving the Ravens offense half asleep on the bench. Flacco was inconsistent to start. He had 3 inaccurate throws over the middle in just a couple possessions. However, Flacco would right the ship with a couple nice plays to each tight end. First Flacco had a nice scramble away from pressure to find Daniels running open deep for 22 yards. Then Flacco fired a dart between two defenders on a skinny post run by Gilmore for 17 more. On 3rd and goal Daniels slipped coming out of his break and Flaccos pass sailed wide forcing a field goal. To open the final possession of the second half Flacco fired again to Gilmore on the exact same route for 20 yards this time. A holding penalty stalled the drive and forced a long field Justin Tucker missed. Another holding penalty on the opening drive of the second half forced another 3 and out. However the big plays over the middle would continue to come. Flacco hit Brown who ran for 22 while spinning out of tackles, then rolled left and found Daniels for 29 down to the 3 yard line. Off of play action Daniels was wide open in the end zone for a 3 yard touchdown. A drop and another holding penalty quickly stopped another drive the ensuing drive. Flacco overthrew Daniels by a half yard on what would have been a huge 50+ yard gain on one of his last throws.


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