CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of Baltimore Ravens throws against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 19 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
After an impressive aerial performance against the Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Flacco has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Joe Flacco torched Cincinnati's secondary with an impressive 21-29, 299 yards and 2 touchdown stat-line. After a dismal 2011 completion-percentage of 57.6%, Joe Flacco showed an impressively accurate passing display this week, completing 72.4% of his passes. The first play of scrimmage, and 52 of Joe's 299 yards, was a deep bomb to second-year receiver Torrey Smith. To me this play was a statement; Joe Flacco's way of saying "The offense is mine this year".
Joe's performance not only showed off Joe's full potential, but also proved that the Raven's offense can carry them in the near future. With the days of Ray Lewis and company shutting down elite offenses dwindling by the week, it is very exciting to Ravens fans that their team can still win, albeit not by way of allowing less than 7 points a game, a way they aren't quite used to yet.
Congratulations to Joe Flacco for taking the first step in proving the critics that he is indeed an elite quarterback.