Sunday, two more starting quarterbacks were lost to the injury bug that has sent at least five starters to the Injured Reserve List, along with at least two more losing time to injury and a slew of others replaced due to ineffectiveness. Noted in last week's story here on Baltimore Beatdown, Joe Flacco Is Baltimore's New 'Iron Man,' it showed that while so many other QBs were dropping like flies, Flacco still survives to fight another day over and over and over...
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was had led his team to a 7-3 record and five straight wins before breaking the right thumb on his throwing hand. He will need surgery and will miss most, if not all of the remainder of the season. The Tennessee Titans at 5-5, stand two games in back of the 7-3 Houston Texans, but Texans QB Matt Schaub was lost for the season last week and the Titans stood a decent chance of catching them.
Unfortunately, Matt Hasselbeck injured his right elbow in the team's loss at the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The news, however, is encouraging as it appears to be a strain instead of the feared structural ligament damage as originally diagnosed.
Meanwhile, Flacco threw for 270 yards and two scores as his Ravens survived a late scare from the Cincinnati Bengals and claimed not only the outright lead in the AFC North, but the current #1 seed in the AFC for the all-important playoff seeding and home field advantage.
At times, many Baltimore fans complain about the decision-making, the play-calling and the execution of the offense under Flacco, but despite the cries of inconsistency over the past 58 regular season games, the one constant has been that Joe Flacco has lined up under center for every single one of those games.Can you imagine the number of teams out there that would have loved to have the same signal-caller start their past 58 games?
In the future, before you complain or envision another QB starting for the Baltimore Ravens, look what else is out there and thank your lucky stars that we have the consistency of a quarterback who has the ability, if not the luck, to stay healthy and continue to improve as his team continues to compete and play meaningful games every week, much less deep into January and perhaps this season, even beyond.