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September 10, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws a pass during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
September 10, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws a pass during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

After last night's convincing 44-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in front of a national television audience on Monday Night Football, not too many critics of Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco are voicing their concerns about whether or not he can carry the team on his shoulders. A 21-29 for 299 yards and two TDs performance can do things like that to a reputation.

It seems like Flacco loves the opening game of the season, especially at home. Last year the Ravens smashed the Pittsburgh Steelers in their season-opener 35-7. Flacco threw for 224 yards and three TDs in an easy win that no one expected.

In fact, according to a story on ESPN, the Ravens have now won seven consecutive home openers, third-best active streak, and their streak of winning 16 straight games while leading at the half is second only to the New Orleans Saints' 19 games. Speaking of the Saints, Flacco is now tied with Drew Brees for winning the most regular season games (45) in the NFL since the 2008 season, his rookie year.

Check out the full ESPN story, titled, Flacco Shows Off Multiple Improvements.