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PFF: Joe Flacco, O-line and defense all shine against Raiders

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Flacco had one of his best games in recent memory today, dropping 222 yards on 16 completions. He consistently put the ball in places to make his receivers succeed, and he also didn’t turn it over, the first time in ten games without an interception.

PFF took notice of his deep passing attack, as he has struggled through the season thus far. Today, though, he completed four three deep shots for 133 yards.

The offensive line was outstanding today, in large part due to the dominance of Ronnie Stanley, whom recorded an 83.8 grade, highest on the team. He only allowed a single hurry on 27 pass block snaps.

The entire offensive line recorded at an 88.5 pass blocking efficiency rating. They only allowed four total pressures.

The Ravens star wideouts, Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin, both continued their streak of zero dropped passes in 2017. According to PFF, no Ravens receiver has more than one drop in 2017.

After blowing up the past few games, Ben Watson cooled off with a low grade of 31.4. He only caught two of four targets, for two yards total. The Ravens didn’t need him in the passing game, as Wallace and Maclin were the threats today.

On defense, Baltimore watched as multiple players thrived. Willie Henry flexed his muscles as he added two more batted passes on the season. He also led the team with four defensive stops.

Both outside linebackers had good games, as Suggs recorded one sack, one hit and three defensive stops; meanwhile, Matt Judon led all defensive players with an 81.2 game grade, with one hurry and two defensive stops.

The biggest takeaway, maybe, is the Ravens blitz percentage. Against Oakland, Baltimore blitzed on 41.9% of plays. The league average this year is 29.8%. Clearly they wanted to pressure E.J. Manuel, and it worked.