On Monday night when the Baltimore Ravens played the Jacksonville Jaguars historical records were eclipsed for dreadful offensive play. If you watched any portion of the first half you were probably thinking that the Ravens were still playing the Jaguars and decided to continue their lackluster performance.
Different opponent–still really bad offense. Not as putrid as Monday night but pretty close.
Once the first half expired, the Baltimore Ravens and the Arizona Cardinals went to their respective locker rooms. Shortly before the beginning of the second half a huge volcanic explosion rocked the downtown area surrounding M& T Bank Stadium. This earth shattering experience could be felt as far north as Bel Air and as far south as Annapolis. Students attending Frostburg State University in Western Maryland could see a bright orange light in the distance and a few ships sailing the Atlantic could hear and feel the raucous excitement. Then both teams came out onto the field for second-half play.
Changes were afoot.
Apparently Joe made an impassioned halftime speech, then brought the offense out and performed. He completed 31 passes against the Cardinals. 21 of those completions were in the second half. He had a total of 336 yards for the game, 250 in the second half. Cam deserves a large share of the credit for this victory. He engineered the second half attack. He put Joe in the shotgun and the No Huddle, which resulted in three scoring, drives for touchdowns. The line play was much better in the second half. The offense finally found its rhythm. Joe completed 12/17 passes while in the no huddle. Anquan Boldin made some impossible single-handed sideline grabs.
After the game against Jacksonville a small but very vocal group of Baltimore fans voiced their displeasure again with Flacco’s performance. They believe that the Ravens picked the wrong guy to be their franchise quarterback. Apparently some of these individuals may be experiencing a form of amnesia. Throughout the course of the history of the Ravens they have found themselves down by several scores. Mounting a comeback seemed highly improbable. The task of leading several scoring drives in a row was often too great a challenge. Why? Well, you’ll have to ask any one of over a dozen quarterbacks that called Baltimore home between 1996–2007. There was not one quarterback that could be counted on to mount an effective come back like the one Joe orchestrated against the Cardinals.
We are witness to the growth of Joe Flacco–NFL quarterback. Another significant moment of growth took place on the first week of the season against the Steelers who also happen to be next week’s opponent.
P.S. The volcanic explosion I mentioned earlier was an inaccurate report from an unknown source.