Joe Flacco Would Be Disappointed With 10 Wins


Quarterback Joe Flacco would not be satisfied if the Ravens had the same regular-season results as last year, which still resulted in a trip to the playoffs.

The Ravens won 10 regular-season games last year, earning them their sixth playoff trip in seven years. That may not good enough this season.

"You might some level of comfort as a fan if we're on the verge of 10 wins, but I have a really tough time feeling good about that," Flacco said during Tuesday's conference call with PSL season ticket holders.

"I think it's [gotten us in the playoffs] most of the years for us, but we want a handful more. I think we have the team to do it, too. So I'd be a little bit disappointed if that's all we came away with."

In 2008, the Ravens went 11-5 and barely made the playoffs on a tiebreaker over New England. The following year, Baltimore went 9-7 and also made it. So you never know what it's going to take to advance.

The Ravens have only won their division two seasons (2011 and 2012) during their impressive playoff run with Flacco and Head Coach John Harbaugh. They got a first-round bye in 2011 and hosted a wild-card game in 2012. Other than that, they've been on the road at the start of the playoffs each time.

Winning the division guarantees at least one home playoff game, and that is the target.

That's going to be tough considering the Ravens still reside in perhaps the NFL's most challenging division. The AFC North sent three teams to the playoffs last year, and the Steelers and Bengals don't appear any weaker entering this season.

The Ravens close the 2015 regular season with a home Sunday night matchup against the Steelers on Dec. 27, followed by a trip to tangle with the Bengals on Jan. 3.

"I don't think we can rely on only winning 10 games and getting in. I think you want to at least get to that 11 number," Flacco said.

"When you talk about winning the division, you really want to at least get to 12-4 in order to have that happen. And even at that, it usually comes down to the last two games. It always manages to come down to that regular-season game with playoff implications on the line."

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