October 31, 2016

Only two quarterbacks with at least 200 attempts have posted a lower QB rating than Ravens signal-caller Joe Flacco this season. One is a QB who claims his coaches stopped “believing in” him (Ryan Fitzpatrick), while the other’s boss was asked about benching him (Brock Osweiler). Then there’s Flacco. While his 2008 peer Matt Ryan has rejuvenated his career, Flacco went 11 quarters without throwing a touchdown pass as a 3–0 start in Baltimore quickly soured to 3–4. One could blame the knee brace Flacco is now wearing after tearing his ACL a year ago, or the practices he has missed due to an injured right shoulder. He certainly has not been helped by the other injuries around him at tackle, guard and wide receiver. Whatever the issue is, the Ravens need the cornerstone of their franchise to overcome it. With aging veterans at nearly every position, this is a team built to win now.

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