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This was easily Flacco’s best performance of the season. He snapped his 10 game interception streak. Flacco did not have a touchdown pass, but he did finish the game with a 98.6 passer rating. Flacco finished 19 for 26 and 222 yards. This is the type of performance Baltimore needs from Flacco if they want to play meaningful football games in January and February.
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.
After two game in which Flacco was hurried and harassed, there was plenty of angst about how the Ravens’ patchwork offensive line would hold up against a Raiders defense that had 10 sacks over the first four games.
That angst extended to the Ravens’ offensive line meeting room during the week.
Anyone who says he saw all that coming had better produce the polygraph results, but the first five weeks of the NFL season has already proved that anything is possible, even for the team with the longest injured-reserve list in the league.
If you doubt this, consider those suddenly formidable Jaguars, who made Ben Roethlisberger look like Kyle Boller and all but skunked the Steelers on Sunday, helping the Ravens reclaim a share of first place in the AFC North. Or the fact that it’s the New York Giants who are 0-5 and the supposedly god-awful Jets who have a winning record five weeks in.
Coming off back-to-back duds, Flacco played a brilliant first half that gave the Ravens a 14-point halftime lead and orchestrated an efficient offense the rest of the way for a 30-17 victory in Oakland.
Flacco entered the game ranked 32nd among NFL quarterbacks in passing yards (601) and No. 31 in quarterback rating (65.0). He carried the league’s longest streak of consecutive games with at least one interception thrown (10 games).
He hardly pays attention to it and doesn’t care much, but Flacco was taking more hits in the media than he was on the football field.
But Sunday in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Flacco showed why he’s so valuable to Baltimore. He bounced back to show why he’s the Ravens’ franchise quarterback.
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