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Joe Flacco On Pace For A Career Year

September 25, 2018 - 11:13 am

By Joe Schiller

As of today, four of the five first-round rookie quarterbacks have started or are slated to start in Week 4, leaving Lamar Jackson as the only backup – but for good reason.

The dynamic Heisman trophy winner out of Louisville possesses tremendous talent but he’s nowhere near close to becoming the starting quarterback in Baltimore. That’s because, through three games, Joe Flacco is dealing – throwing for 889 passing yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions.

He’s on pace to throw for over 4,700 yards and 32 touchdowns.

It’s a small sample size, sure, but there’s legitimate reason for optimism.

The Ravens’ passing offense was anemic last season but with a new core of free agent and rookie receivers, it’s a completely different story. Flacco is averaging 296.3 yards in three games this season, exactly 100 more yards than one year prior.

Week 1 and Week 3 both brought about sloppy weather conditions but it hasn’t affected Flacco. John Harbaugh told reporters on Monday that Flacco’s throwing performance against the Broncos was “in the top category.”

“That’s what you like to see Joe do,” Harbaugh said. “I just think that it’s a combination of a lot of things, including confidence in the guys that he’s throwing to, and protection did a great job.”

Players like Eric Weddle talked about a fire being lit under Flacco heading into a contract year with the pressure of a first-round rookie quarterback coming into the building. That’s seemed to have worked so far and there are no questions about the starting job – it belongs to Joe.

It’s clear No. 5 has been playing some of his best football and with a Sunday night matchup against a struggling Pittsburgh Steelers defense, Flacco could be poised for a big offensive game.