Ravens hoping Flacco reverses recent fortunes vs. the Bengals

AP

The Ravens play their first home game this season on Sunday and are trying to avoid an 0-3 start.

Just for a little added pressure, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is 0-3 in his last three against the Bengals, Sunday’s opponent.

Earlier this week Ravens coach John Harbaugh called the Bengals “the most talented team in the league,” and Harbaugh said Thursday it’s the talent and comfort level the Bengals have with their own schemes that’s contributed to their recent success against the Ravens.

“[The Bengals] don’t do anything different than anybody else does,” Harbaugh said. “They have their own unique style. They have their way of playing. I think they’re very aggressive in terms of their mentality. They’re an attacking, 4-3-type defense. So, it’s not anything that people don’t try to do, but they do it well.”

In those three consecutive losses to the Bengals, Flacco has two touchdown passes vs. six interceptions and a 56.2 completion percentage. From 2010-14, Flacco threw 115 touchdowns vs. 69 interceptions and completed 60 percent of his passes.

Flacco’s 18 career interceptions vs. the Bengals are more than twice as many he’s thrown against any other team, and his 69.6 passer rating against the Bengals is his worst among teams he’s played more than three times.

The Ravens have never started a season 0-3. The Ravens are facing two division games in five days; they play at Pittsburgh next Thursday night. So, Sunday’s game is as close to a must-win game as one gets.

36 responses to “Ravens hoping Flacco reverses recent fortunes vs. the Bengals

  1. Hue Jackson should be the next Redskins coach to bring RG3 back to his first year Allstar status. Oakland hasn’t been the same since he was fired. Oh, and he was RIGHT about Carson Palmer. Check the Cardinals record when Palmer starts. I think it’s like 17-1 (sp).

  2. And yet Florio’s number 2 ranked team is still somehow considered one of the top 2 teams in the AFCN. If the Bengals have your number then you don’t deserve that distinction.

  3. “[The Bengals] don’t do anything different than anybody else does,” Harbaugh said. “They have their own unique style.
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    But unique is different.

  4. While I enjoy making fun of Jump Ball Joe I don’t think he sucks. Anyone thinking the Ravens are dead in the water hasn’t followed the Ravens. They are not a great road team and their two losses could very easily have been wins. They are due and desperate which is a bad combo for the Bungals.

  5. No one can argue the NFL screwed the Ravens this year on the schedule. 3 of the first 4 games are on the road. They started with 2 games on the west coast, come home for a tough divisional game against the Bengals, get 3 days rest then have to face the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Then one game later they go back to the West Coast for two more away games. 5 of the first 7 games are on the road. That is why the Ravens can start with a 1-3 record and still get to the playoffs.

  6. Flacco has never had the kind of offense qbs like Matt Ryan or Romo or Rivers have had yet he still wins when it counts. I can’t even imagine how many rings he would have if he had a guy like Julio jones or dez to throw to.

  7. “They are due and desperate…”

    Who can argue with concrete evidence like that? Take it to Vegas and make them pay, fellas.

  8. No one can argue the NFL screwed the Ravens this year on the schedule. 3 of the first 4 games are on the road. They started with 2 games on the west coast, come home for a tough divisional game against the Bengals, get 3 days rest then have to face the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Then one game later they go back to the West Coast for two more away games. 5 of the first 7 games are on the road. That is why the Ravens can start with a 1-3 record and still get to the playoffs.

    Quit whining! The Steelers play in St Louis Sunday and home on Thursday …..they aren’t crybabies like the Ravens are.

  9. How did the NFL screw the Ravens with their schedule? Harbaugh specifically requested that their 4 west coast games be scheduled as two back to back games. Sounds like it backfired. Worked for his brother a couple of years ago when the Niners came out and kicked Bengals/Steelers in back to back weeks. 16 week schedule in NFL is always going to be hard. Would be better served looking at WR depth and how Flacco has zero weapons at his disposal. And a defense that lost it’s only playmaker in Suggs. I’ve always been jealous of Raven’s swagger. Not so much, these days.

  10. Ravens got to have this game. Being at home will hopefully make the difference. 0-3 heading into Pitt will be ugly.

  11. Ravens fan here, but I think this will be an ugly game for the Ravens since they’re back to their pre-Torrey Smith style of playing the Bengals with no deep threat. They’re gonna squat on the short stuff and make Flacco patiently move down the field, but he’ll be throwing a lot of coverage sacks because our receivers won’t be open. Too bad Perriman is unlikely to play in this game.

  12. The odds probably say we’ll beat the Ravens, and I tend to think we will, but you never count a division game as an guaranteed win, particularly if the team has as much of a winning tradition as the Ravens (or the Steelers) do.

    As much as I hate paying either even the slightest compliment.

  13. As much respect as I have for Harbaugh in bringing in the right guys, our coordinators right now are terrible. How do you go from aggressive defensive coachs like Rex and Pagano, to Pees? Dude’s “bend dont break” defense is the equivalent of playing prevent for 4 quarters. Way too much talent on defense to be scorched by the raiders. And Trestman? come on now, we’ve had some questionable OC’s in Ravens history, but this guy is a clown. Doesnt embody the ravens style at all. I hope he pulls the plug on these clowns before he has to fall on the sword with them.

  14. I think the Bengals win this one. I’d like to say easily, but the birds are at their home roost. That aside, I still think they win. Their best defensive player is out and their top WR is so short he needs a life jacket just to keep from drowning in the cold tub! Yeah…I’d say my Bengals win this one. Get your brooms ready Ratbirds. Can you say…saaawwweeeepppp!

  15. “- Flacco has two touchdown passes vs. six interceptions and a 56.2 completion percentage.”

    And that’s when he’s playing good. Fortunately for ravens, dalton’s even worse. 9-9 tie sounds about right.

  16. Bengals win, Flacco’s fault. Raven’s win, Dalton’s fault. Neither will be true, but neither story will rise above the din.

  17. “[The Bengals] don’t do anything different than anybody else does,” Harbaugh said. “They have their own unique style. They have their way of playing.”

    They’re unique but they don’t do anything different than anybody else. Tell me Jim, how does that work?

    I wonder if these coaches ever think about what they say. Harbaugh seems like one of the nicer and more intelligent coaches in the league, but still, when he says stuff like this he sounds like an imbecile.

  18. I don’t get the Flacco hate – he’s not elite, but he’s been solid, which is traditionally all the Ravens need. Maybe I think this way because I’m a Bengals fan, and if you look at Flacco’s first four years worth of stats they look a lot like Dalton’s. The difference is that Flacco put a solid post-season run together to win it all, and we’re still waiting for Andy to do the same.

    Maybe the contract has people expecting more from him, but if I was an upset Ravens fan, I’d be mad at the management that paid him.

  19. Raven fans are brainwashed by that copy cat coach of theirs. Harbaugh cries that the Pat’s were using illegal formations in last years playoff game. Now that he finally learned the rules ( a coach NFL ) he employs a similar play vs. the Raiders. What an idiot. Ravens are in a doomed season, looks like another loss this week vs. the Bungles.
    Pat’s on the other hand are on a mission to repeat. Go Pat’s
    Another thing, all the haters on here seem to be fans of teams that continue to lose to Brady & Co. Here in New England we are eating this up, we love the haters. We love the jealousy because we know you all want to be part of Patriot nation.
    Hop on we have a little more room on the bandwagon..

  20. So please, somebody enlighten me of all the “talent” the Ozmeister has infused this Ravens team with. Let’s start with Jump Ball Joe!

    Bengals 27, Ravens 13

    Who’s gonna stop Eifert? How about the Hill/Gio tandem? We all saw what Amari Cooper did to Smith last week, AJ’s gonna steal his lunch money, and take his mama out after the game. Ooh and look out, Justin friggin Forsett. Lol. The bums in purple. Ozzie’s finest work, hands down.

    Get the broom ready (again). WHO DEY

  21. deathonwings410 says:
    Sep 25, 2015 1:34 PM
    Ravens fan here, but I think this will be an ugly game for the Ravens since they’re back to their pre-Torrey Smith style of playing the Bengals with no deep threat. They’re gonna squat on the short stuff and make Flacco patiently move down the field, but he’ll be throwing a lot of coverage sacks because our receivers won’t be open.
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    Well Ravens fan, ask yourself just WHY you don’t have those receiving threats? Could it be as we warned you that when you pay an average QB like a franchise one, you tend not to have money left over for little luxuries like a decent WR corps? But no, you all laughed and crowed about how Joe costs SO little against the cap year one. Well it’s not year one anymore, and look where we are. In Bust-town.

    The Flacco contract: the day that Ozzie jumped the shark.

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