Coming Up
  • Sun., Dec. 04, 2016 4:10 PM EST Live Post Game Presser John Harbaugh and key players will address the media following the game.
  • Mon., Dec. 05, 2016 4:00 PM EST Live John Harbaugh Presser Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will address the media.
  • Tue., Dec. 06, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST Purple Wine & Dine The night will include appetizers, a gourmet dinner served in front of each attendee by our stadium chefs, open bar and a custom Ravens giveaway. Ravens players will be in attendance to meet with all attendees, sign autographs, take photographs and mingle throughout the evening.
  • Wed., Dec. 07, 2016 12:30 PM EST Live Press Conference Head coach John Harbaugh and key players will address the media following practice.
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 3:00 PM EST Army vs. Navy Football Don't miss one of the greatest events you can ever attend! The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA returns to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 10, 2016
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST Ravens Report See the plays, hear the sideline conversations and feel the hits on Ravens Wired, the only behind-the-scenes show featuring a Ravens player wired for sound during each week's game. Go behind the Ravens bench for in-game adjustments and inside the locker room for Head Coach John Harbaugh's post-game speech. Produced by Ravens Productions, Ravens Wired is hosted by WBAL-TV's Keith Mills.
  • Sun., Dec. 11, 2016 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EST Ravens Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Each week's show, brought to you by Ravens Productions, also features a special guest, including prominent sports media, front office staff, players or other Ravens insiders.
  • Mon., Dec. 12, 2016 8:30 PM EST Purple Club Happy Hour What's better than Happy Hour specials and Baltimore Ravens football? A Purple Club Happy Hour! Join the Purple club this season at various Buffalo Wild Wings locations to watch the Ravens on the road.



Joe Flacco Smooth In Fast Offense

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Quarterback Joe Flacco had his best preseason performance yet in a 48-17 win.

Look at Joe Flacco the last time he played the Jacksonville Jaguars.

It was Week 7 last year, on Monday Night Football, and Flacco could not will the Ravens offense into moving. Baltimore took a shocking 12-7 loss.

Look at Flacco now.

He was in control of a totally different Ravens offense in Thursday night’s preseason game, pulling all the right levers in a hurry-up, high-tempo offense that put up 20 points in nearly 2 ½ quarters of action.

Flacco and the Ravens have been practicing their new-look offense throughout training camp, and used it extensively in their first two preseason games.

But it never looked as good as it did Thursday night, creating visions of how good Baltimore’s offense can be this year.

“I think we are going to hit the ground running, and we are going to be real smooth at [it],” Flacco said of the no-huddle offense.

Flacco went 27-of-36 for 266 yards, two touchdowns and one interception – good enough for a 102.3 quarterback rating.

He threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin on a well-executed play fake. His 8-yard touchdown toss to fullback Vonta Leach was even more impressive, as he did a good job stepping away from an oncoming rusher before delivering the pass.

Flacco threaded passes all over the field, and was nearly unstoppable when throwing to the sideline. Cornerbacks couldn’t get there in time, and wouldn’t have been able to reach the precisely-accurate ball even if they had.

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb would know.

“I’ve been here for four of his five years, and I can see how [Flacco’s] progressing,” Webb said. “It’s all due to Joe. He’s doing a great job, and he can handle that offense. So I’m waiting to see how much he grows within the season too.”

The Ravens threw the ball on 27 of their 37 first-half snaps. Flacco threw it on first down. He threw it in the red zone. He threw it deep, short and down the middle.

Flacco hit nine different receivers, not on purpose, he said, but just because it works out that way in a quick-tempo, confident offense that gets all pieces involved.

“He looked sharp,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “He did a great job. He was accurate with his throws, guys made catches for him, timing was good, real decisive. … We can run most every tempo that there is, we’d like to think, as we go forward here.”

Flacco is smitten with the up-tempo offense.

He said he can catch defenses by surprise, keep them on their heels and guessing. He likes how it neutralizes the pass rush, how it builds a rhythm and confidence within the offense.

“We wore the defense out,” Flacco said. “I don’t know if I campaigned [for it] too much, but I am cool with it. We’ve always had a pretty successful two-minute [offense]. If feel like we should do that all the time.”

The Ravens’ reaction to Flacco’s performance wasn’t over the top. It’s becoming more regular after seeing Flacco shine throughout training camp.

Harbaugh said a performance like that can never be taken for granted, but he’s not getting too ahead of himself.

“We have a long way to go,” he said. “It’s the third preseason game. None of them count yet.”

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos