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With the Ravens’ rushing attack putting up monster numbers in a 48-3 win over the Detroit Lions, quarterback Joe Flacco didn’t have to sling the ball all over M&T Bank Stadium.
In scaling back the workload for his right arm, however, Flacco turned in a solid performance that helped move past last week’s three-interception night against the Green Bay Packers.
The second-year signal-caller completed a humble 13 of 20 passes for 203 yards, one touchdown and no picks before he was pulled in the fourth quarter with the outcome essentially decided. And, his 120.8 quarterback rating marked a career-high.
Flacco was aided by a ground game that racked up an impressive 308 yards, the second-most in franchise history. But when he was called upon, Flacco made plays.
“I don’t know how much easier it makes it, but it just makes everything go,” Flacco said of the Baltimore’s running attack. “Today we just had everything going. I don’t know how much easier it makes it for me, but it makes it a lot of fun. It makes it a lot of fun for everybody on the offense, and that’s what it was like today.”
Flacco did have two beauties that helped the Ravens blow the game open in the third quarter.
On the Ravens’ first series after halftime, Flacco threw a bomb to receiver Demetrius Williams, who leapt high and wrestled the ball out of cornerback Phillip Buchanon’s hands for a 34-yard gain. Le’Ron McClain then ran it in from three yards out on the next snap.
Flacco returned later with a 31-yard rainbow to tight end Todd Heap, who didn’t have to break stride as the ball dropped over his shoulder on the left sideline. Two plays later, Willis McGahee ran it in.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh praised offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson for working with Flacco in preparation for Detroit.
“Joe bounced back,” Harbaugh said. “I thought it was gutsy. He fought through, and they got to him maybe once. He made some good throws. I thought Cam and Hue Jackson, especially, did a nice job this week working with Joe. It was a good performance.”