Our Boy Is Growing Up

This is why we play the games.  After week 13, Joe Flacco is now the AFC north's top rated passer with a QB rating of 82.3, good for 8th in the AFC (7th if you don't count Schaub).  He overtook Big Ben this week whose INT and poor completion percentage dropped him to 80 for the season. 

Starting the season in Week 1, it was a Rookie from a small 1-AA school in Flacco, and three "Pro Bowl" Quarterbacks in Roethlisberger, Palmer, and Anderson.  By mid season only two were left standing, Ben and Joe.  Since then Joe has been steadily creeping up in passer rating, due to his stellar play down the stretch as evidenced by his zero turnovers in six (all wins) of his past seven games.  He has finally managed to pull his rating above 80, which is used by many as the benchmark of a solid NFL QB.

Flacco is only going to get better from here.  I am so thrilled to have a franchise QB to build our team around.  I believe that we finally have the piece we've been missing for the past 10 year forever.  I think we can realistically compete this year, and have set ourselves up brilliantly for the future.  If Mark Clayton continues to break out, and becomes a reliable #2, we are one big play WR away from having one of the most dynamic offense in the league for years to come.

 

Passing Leaders

  NAME COM ATT PCT YDS YPA LNG TD TD% INT INT% SK SYD RAT
1 P. Rivers QB, SDG 232 357 65.0 2955 8.28 67 23 6.4 10 2.8 19.0 119 100.5
2 C. Pennington QB, MIA 238 364 65.4 2881 7.92 80 11 3.0 6 1.6 21.0 107 92.8
3 M. Schaub QB, HOU 154 227 67.8 1762 7.76 61 10 4.4 8 3.5 16.0 106 91.0
4 B. Favre QB, NYJ 268 390 68.7 2708 6.94 56 20 5.1 14 3.6 23.0 162 90.4
5 Jay Cutler QB, DEN 273 449 60.8 3393 7.56 93 21 4.7 13 2.9 7.0 47 87.8
6 M. Cassel QB, NWE 257 398 64.6 2784 7.00 66 13 3.3 10 2.5 39.0 186 85.5
7 P. Manning QB, IND 281 445 63.1 2948 6.63 75 19 4.3 12 2.7 12.0 79 85.3
8 T. Edwards QB, BUF 214 324 66.0 2378 7.34 51 10 3.1 10 3.1 20.0 125 85.1
9 Joe Flacco QB, BAL 202 331 61.0 2276 6.88 70 12 3.6 9 2.7 23.0 208 82.3
10 K. Collins QB, TEN 192 328 58.5 2125 6.48 56 9 2.7 4 1.2 7.0 50 81.9
11 D. Garrard QB, JAC 228 363 62.8 2461 6.78 35 9 2.5 8 2.2 30.0 210 81.8
12 B. Roethlisberger QB, PIT 208 343 60.6 2412 7.03 65 13 3.8 12 3.5 33.0 194 80.0
13 T. Thigpen QB, KAN 155 283 54.8 1739 6.15 56 13 4.6 8 2.8 21.0 142 76.9
14 J. Russell QB, OAK 140 277 50.5 1729 6.24 84 7 2.5 4 1.4 26.0 170 72.6
15 R. Fitzpatrick QB, CIN 164 278 59.0 1342 4.83 46 6 2.2 7 2.5 31.0 161 68.1
16 D. Anderson QB, CLE 142 283 50.2 1615 5.71 70 9 3.2 8 2.8 14.0 87

66.5

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