Joe Flacco has led the Baltimore Ravens to victory in four of his last five games, but this past Sunday may have been the best of the bunch. Flacco finished 36-of-47 for 381 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, as Baltimore beat Miami 38-6.
“I thought it was not only his best game this year but probably his best game in the past four or five years going back to the Super Bowl run that he had,” Baltimore’s The Fan afternoon host Jeremy Conn said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “He looked good in all facets. We’ve been screaming that we want to see them run the Baltimore, and they didn’t really run the ball all that much because everything they did worked. It’s the best that we’ve seen him play. They used a little hurry-up offense. It appears to work for Flacco. He likes it. It was definitely his best game and now next Monday night they get the Patriots.”
Flacco completed passes to 10 different receivers, including Dennis Pitta, who finished with nine catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
“That’s Joe’s BFF,” Conn said. “They hang out off the field and it’s been a target that he’s trusted in the past. To have him back earlier this year, we were kind of shocked. We thought his career was over with, but he definitely showed up yesterday. They don’t have any special players at this point in their career. Steve Smith is a Hall of Famer in my opinion, and watching him play has been a blast here in Baltimore. But there’s not necessarily a guy that they’re going to go to or rely on in every situation. They do have good players kind of across the board, so it should be able to give them some mismatches in week-to-week games and hopefully exploit them. This week, it appeared to be Pitta.”
Baltimore (7-5) will go for its third straight victory Monday night against New England (10-2). The game is on the road, but don’t expect the Ravens to be intimidated.
“They won a playoff game up there,” Conn said. “They went up there and they were a Lee Evans dropped pass away from going to the Super Bowl. They’re comfortable and they actually play them well. I don’t know if it’s because there’s not one single thing (on this offense) you’re going to take away. Le’t be honest: What’s the Ravens’ strong suit on offense? Is it their running game? Not really. Is it their passing game? They kind of mix it up and Flacco typically throws to between eight to 10 different receivers every week, with the fullback caching passes, two or three different tight ends and all the different wide receiver sets. And defensively, I think they match up with the Patriots pretty well. They’ve kind of had an understanding of what they like to do and manned up.”
Kickoff on Monday is at 8:30 p.m. ET.