Ravens QB Flacco Takes the Blame for Ravens Bad First Half of the Season

Joe Flacco

Quarterback Joe Flacco accepted blame for a struggling offense that has held back the Ravens for the first half of the season, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

“I’m obviously not playing good enough,” Flacco said Wednesday after the team’s final practice of the bye week. “We’re not a good offense, and it starts with the quarterback. I got to be better.”

The Ravens (3-4) rank 25th in the NFL in scoring with 19 points per game, and Flacco is the 29th-rated passer in the NFL (75.4). In Baltimore’s current four-game losing streak, Flacco has had the ball in his hands in the final two minutes and has failed to deliver the winning drive each time.

Coach John Harbaugh vehemently defended Flacco’s play.

“Joe Flacco is the key to our success. So, we need to all do everything in our power that all the things are falling in place for him,” Harbaugh said. “He can play. He can throw it. He can make decisions. He can score touchdowns for us. He can do all the things we need to do. We need to make sure that we give him a chance to do that.”

“When you’re an offense in this league and things aren’t going great, a lot of times you can be so close, and I think we are on that verge of being really close,” Flacco said. “But it’s a bunch of little things, and it’s not just one thing. It’s things that add up. That’s why this game is an awesome thing: 11 guys have to be fully locked in for 60 minutes in order for it to work. Nobody notices that. We don’t even notice it when we’re out there playing, but it is the reality of it.”

Harbaugh reasserted that he’s “a Joe Flacco fan” and believes in him.

“Joe will take care of what he needs to do,” Harbaugh said. “I’m not worried about Joe taking care of what he needs to do. Joe works on it harder than anybody. He cares about it more than anybody. We need to protect him. We need to run routes. We need to create confidence in our passing game. We need to run the ball well. We need to do the things we need to do to make the offense work. And Joe will make the offense work.”

Ravens Mistakes Too Much to Overcome; Fall to Jets 24-16

Baltimore Ravens v New York Jets

Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced an injured Geno Smith and led the Jets on three scoring drives, and a rejuvenated defense came up with two rare interceptions in a 24-16 comeback victory over the Ravens on Sunday.

Fitzpatrick came in for Smith in the second quarter and led the Jets on a go-ahead drive capped by a 13-yard touchdown catch by Matt Forte. Fitzpatrick finished 9 of 14 for 120 yards and a touchdown as the Jets (2-5) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Smith injured his right knee while taking a sack from Baltimore’s Matthew Judon. Fitzpatrick was efficient after losing his job earlier in the week.

Coach Todd Bowles decided to start Smith over Fitzpatrick , who had thrown an NFL-leading 11 interceptions and just five touchdown passes. Smith was 4 of 8 for 95 yards and a TD to Quincy Enunwa.

Justin Tucker put the Ravens (3-4) back up 16-14 as time expired in the first half with his third field goal, a 44-yarder.

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Ravens at Jets NFL Week Seven Inactives

Ravens: CB Shareece Wright, LB Terrell Suggs, LB C.J. Mosley, LB Elvis Dumervil, LB Marshal Yanda, OT Ronnie Stanley, WR Steve Smith

Jets: DE Maurice Wilkerson, LB Darron Lee, QB Bryce Petty, QB Christian Hackenberg, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, OL Brent Qvale, WR Jeremy Butler

Ravens at Jets NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS Past 8  
COACHES VS. OPP. John Harbaugh: 3-0 Todd Bowles: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 27-23 at New York Giants L 28-3 at Arizona
LAST GAME 11/24/13: Jets 3 at Ravens 19. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco passes for 273 yards & TD. Ravens S Corey Graham records 3 PDs & 2 INTs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/13/10: Ravens 10, Jets 9. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco passes for 248 yards. Ravens WR Anquan Boldin has 7 receptions for 110 yards & RB Willis McGahee rushes for TD.
REFEREE Walt Anderson
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Rich Gannon, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Bal), 133 (NYJ). XM: 380 (Bal), 229 (NYJ).


PASSING Joe Flacco: 164-264-1589-5-4-78.9 Ryan Fitzpatrick: 127-223-1441-5-11-63.4
RUSHING Terrance West: 88-414-4.7-3 Matt Forte: 102-360-3.5-3
RECEIVING Dennis Pitta (TE): 34-295-8.7-0 Quincy Enunwa: 30-336-11.2-1
OFFENSE 347.0 331.5
TAKE/GIVE +3 -11
DEFENSE 294.8 (3L) 375.5
SACKS Terrell Suggs: 5 Leonard Williams: 5
INTs C.J. Mosley: 3 (T2L) Marcus Williams: 2
PUNTING Sam Koch: 47.5 Lachlan Edwards (R): 43.2
KICKING Justin Tucker: 53 (8/8 PAT; 15/15 FG) Nick Folk: 41 (8/9 PAT; 11/12 FG)


RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO has won all 3 starts in career vs. NYJ. Incl. playoffs, is 42-6 (.875) when he has 100+ rating…RB TERRANCE WEST has rushed for 295 yards (98.3 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3. Rushed for 87 yards & 2 TDs last week…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. ranks 9th in NFL history with 14,242 rec. yards. Needs 12 catches to reach 1,000 in career. Smith & HOFer TIM BROWN are only 2 in NFL history with 900+ catches & TD via run, catch, PR & KR. WR MIKE WALLACE has TD in 3 of past 5 vs. Jets. Had 4 catches for 97 yards (24.3 avg.) last week. TE DENNIS PITTA has 34 catches, 2nd most by NFL TE…LB TERRELL SUGGS is franchise leader with 111.5 sacks. LB C.J. MOSLEY has INT in 3 of his past 4. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 3.5 sacks in 3 career meetings & aims for 4th in row vs. NYJ with sack. LB ZACHARY ORR has 18 tackles, 2 FRs & FF in past 2…K JUSTIN TUCKER has made all 15 FGs in 2016. Made all 4 FGs, incl. 53-yarder in last meeting…JETS: QB RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 382 yards & 4 TDs in last meeting (10/24/10 with Buf.). Has 19 TDs vs. 7 INTs in past 8 at home…RB MATT FORTÉ had 125 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 42 rec.) & rec. TD in last game vs. Bal. (11/17/13 with Chi.). Since entering NFL in 2008, has 13,171 scrimmage yards (8,962 rush, 4,209 rec.), most in NFL…WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 7 100-yard games in past 12. Has 16 TDs in 22 games with NYJ. Has 11 TDs in 10 home games with NYJ…DT LEONARD WILLIAMS has 7.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 11. Has 4.5 sacks in past 4 at home. DE MUHAMMAD WILKERSON has 8.5 sacks in past 14. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 7.5 sacks in past 6 at home. CB MARCUS WILLIAMS has 6 INTs in past 9 at home. LB LORENZO MAULDIN has 5 sacks in past 6 at home. LB DAVID HARRIS had 35-yard INT-TD vs. Bal. on 10/2/11.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco Not Practicing Due to Shoulder Soreness

Joe Flacco

The Ravens may have to turn to backup Ryan Mallett this week, as quarterback Joe Flacco is dealing with a right shoulder issue according to coach John Harbaugh.

Flacco spoke to reporters and said he’s dealing with a “little soreness” in his shoulder, but reiterated that “it’s nothing to worry about.”

Flacco has started all six games for the Ravens after he torn his ACL late last season.

Ravens Can’t Stop Beckham Jr., Fall in Late Setback to Giants 27-23

Baltimore Ravens v New York Giants

A banged-up Odell Beckham Jr. turned a short fourth-and-1 pass into a winning 66-yard catch and run with 1:24 to play Sunday as the Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a stunning 27-23 victory over the hurting Ravens.

The win was the 700th in franchise history. Beckham gave it to the Giants with a career day despite going to the locker room with a hip pointer in the second quarter. Beckham returned before the half and made the Giants (3-3) a winner with a spectacular second half. It featured a 75-yard touchdown catch and a 43-yard reception that set up one of Josh Brown’s two field goals.

The Ravens (3-3) lost their third straight.

Beckham finished with eight catches for 222 yards. His late heroics saved the Giants, who were on the verge of a fourth straight loss after Terrance West scored on a 2-yard run with a 2:04 to play, giving the Ravens a short-lived 23-20 lead.

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Ravens vs Giants NFL Week Six Inactives

Ravens: WR Devin Hester, LB C.J. Mosley, OLB Elvis Dumervil, DT Willie Henry, OG Marshal Yanda, T Ronnie Stanley, WR Steve Smith

Giants: CB Eli Apple, WR Tavarres King, RT Marshall Newhouse, S Nat Berhe and Darian Thompson, LB Deontae Skinner, QB Josh Johnson

Ravens at Giants NFL Week Six Capsule



STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. John Harbaugh:1-1 Ben McAdoo: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 16-10 vs. Washington L 23-16 at Green Bay
LAST GAME 12/23/12: Giants 14 at Ravens 33. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco passes for 309 yards & 2 TDs for 114.2 rating. Ravens RBs Bernard Pierce & Ray Rice combine for 230 yds.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/08: Giants 30, Ravens 10. New York RB Brandon Jacobs rushes for 73 yards & 2 TDs. Giants CB Aaron Ross has 2 INTs, including 50-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Jeff Triplette
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 121 (Bal), 133 (NYG). XM: 382 (Bal), 231 (NYG).


PASSING Joe Flacco: 138-216-1282-5-4-80.1 Eli Manning: 119-187-1385-5-4-86.0
RUSHING Terrance West: 65-327-5.0-1 Orleans Darkwa: 30-111-3.7-2
RECEIVING Dennis Pitta (TE): 28-259-9.3-0 Odell Beckham: 27-359-13.3-1
OFFENSE 338.2 349.6
DEFENSE 266.8 (3L) 358.2
SACKS Terrell Suggs: 4 4 tied: 1
INTs C.J. Mosley: 3 (T2L) Janoris Jenkins: 2
PUNTING Sam Koch: 47.5 Brad Wing: 46.8
KICKING Justin Tucker: 42 (6/6 PAT; 12/12 FG) Josh Brown: 33 (6/6 PAT; 9/10 FG)


RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO passed for 309 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs & 114.2 rating with rush TD in last start vs. NYG. Has won 7 of past 10 starts vs. NFC…RB TERRANCE WEST has rushed for 208 yards (104 per game) & TD in past 2. Aims for 3rd in row with 95+ rush yards…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. aims for 3rd in row at NYG with TD. In 5 career games at NYG (incl. playoffs), has 5 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush, 1 PR). Ranks 9th in NFL history with 14,242 rec. yards. Needs 12 catches to reach 1,000 in career. Smith & HOFer TIM BROWN are only 2 in NFL history with 900+ catches & TD via run, catch, PR & KR. WR MIKE WALLACE had 51-yard TD catch in only game at NYG (11/4/12 with Pit.). TE DENNIS PITTA has 28 catches, most by AFC TE. TE CROCKETT GILMORE had TD catch last week…LB TERRELL SUGGS has 4.5 sacks in past 5 vs. NFC & aims for 6th in row vs. NFC with 0.5+ sacks. Is franchise leader with 110.5 sacks. LB C.J. MOSLEY has INT in 3 of past 4. LB ZACHARY ORR had FF & FR last week…K JUSTIN TUCKER has made all 12 FGs in 2016…GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING has 299 career TD passes & needs 1 to become 8th in NFL history with 300 TDs.  Aims for 4th in row at home with 300+ pass yards…RB ORLEANS DARKWA has rush TD in 2 of past 3. RB RASHAD JENNINGS has 100+ rush yards & TD in 2 of past 3 at home…WR ODELL BECKHAM had TD catch last week. Averaging 119 rec. yards in 7 games vs. AFC & has scored 5 TDs. WR DWAYNE HARRIS aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with TD catch…DE OLIVIER VERNON has 4.5 sacks in 3 career meetings. LB JONATHAN CASILLAS aims for 8th in row with 6+ tackles. Leads team with 40 tackles. LB KEENAN ROBINSON has 5+ tackles in both home games with NYG. CB JANORIS JENKINS had 2 INTs & 3 PD in Week 5. S LANDON COLLINS aims for 12th in row with 6+ tackles.