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Flacco Takes His Explosive Offense Into Kansas City To Face the Floundering Chiefs

Flacco Has the Offense Clicking in 2012.

The 2012 NFL season is 25% complete.

Only Drew Brees and Eli Manning have thrown for more yards than Joe Flacco. Flacco has thrown for 1269 yards with an average of 8.14 yards per attempt. He has a 95.8 passer rating and is quickly making his way into the top ten. After four games these kinds of stats are more than just a one-game phenomenon.

When the topic of premier quarterbacks comes up Flacco is quickly becoming the subject of much debate amongst analysts at NFL and ESPN networks.

It’s a new year, a new season, and a reenergized Joe Flacco. He is taking on greater control of the future success of the Baltimore Ravens. It’s more than just a renewed confidence and desire to win.  There is a solid foundation of talent, leadership on this team from which to build, especially the offense.  At this point in the season there is much to be excited about. There are still struggles that need to be resolved. So far fans of the Baltimore Ravens have been witness to some very good performances and a few not so good performances on the offensive side of the ball.

Certainly there is still plenty of work to be done. The relationship he has built with his receivers can still be refined. In two weeks many answers will be provided concerning the explosiveness of this offense when they visit the Houston Texans, who will probably still be undefeated. I think all Ravens fans would finally agree that this offense has a full complement of weapons from which to target. They should not look past this Sunday’s opponent even though I will be the first to admit the Kansas City Chiefs are looking at the possibility of a high draft choice in 2013.

The Ravens offense is ranked third in the league with over 400 yards per game, while the defense  has given up almost as many yards per game as they are ranked 23rd. They have surrendered 390 yards per game. Whenever their opponent has the ball the Ravens continue to struggle with containing them on the ground and through the air. They are tied for fifth place in the giveaway/takeaway department. They only have nine sacks through four games. With little if any pass rush they have given up an average of nearly 300 passing yards a game. The defense needs to begin to work on stopping the run and developing some type of consistent pass rush. The application of such work will begin Sunday when the Ravens face the Chiefs in Kansas City.

At this point in the season the Kansas City Chiefs are a bad football team. Their quarterback Matt Cassel has been sacked 13 times. Last week against the San Diego Chargers he threw three interceptions and their primary running back Jamaal Charles fumbled twice. Charles is one of their two best offensive players. The other one is wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe. On the defensive side of the ball their best players are safety Eric Berry and the defensive end Tamba Hali. At the moment this team is in an all-out free-fall. They have given up more points than any other team in the league except the Tennessee Titans. The Chiefs have surrendered 136 points while the Titans are at the top with 151. According to most local analysts and fans Sunday’s game, even under the best of circumstances was being placed in the loss column. As it stands now the Ravens should put this game out of reach by halftime. If the Chiefs lose this game by less than double digits the Kansas City fans should be quite impressed.


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