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Chattanooga Times Free Press - - WEEK 6 - By David Gins­burg

be­cause you’ve usu­ally com­pleted a good amount of them and you’re win­ning the foot­ball game.”

Flacco would like noth­ing more than to give his arm a rest this Sun­day against Ten­nessee (3-2). That would be just fine with run­ning back Alex Collins, who thus far has ex­ceeded 12 car­ries in a game only once.

Collins broke off a 19-yard run against the Browns, but for the most part the Bal­ti­more of­fense re­lied on the pass.

“That was more of a game-plan kind of deal,” Collins said. “They came out run-heavy and we were try­ing to get the play-ac­tion go­ing.”

This week, Flacco will go up against former Ravens de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Dean Pees, who should have a pretty good idea of Flacco’s strengths and weak­nesses.

“I’m sure we think that we know prob­a­bly more than we ac­tu­ally know, and they prob­a­bly think they know more than they ac­tu­ally know,” Flacco said. “Ev­ery­body tends to think they have a leg up, but who knows?”

Bal­ti­more scored at least 20 points in 12 straight games be­fore com­ing up with a clunker against the Browns. Prior to that, the Ravens re­ceived pos­i­tive re­views for the fash­ion in which they spiced up a mun­dane of­fense with in­no­va­tive plays, most no­tably those in­volv­ing elu­sive rookie quar­ter­back La­mar Jack­son.

When Jack­son en­ters, Flacco of­ten heads to the out­side as a wide re­ceiver. To this point, Flacco has been lit­tle more than a prop.

“I’m out there just stand­ing, re­ally try­ing to stay out of the way of ev­ery­thing,” he said. “My wife told me I need to look more in­ter­ested out there, but I’m just try­ing to stay out of it, man. I’m not com­fort­able out there. I don’t need to get too cre­ative.”

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In the passhappy NFL, there seems to be no limit to the amount of throws it takes to pull out a vic­tory.

For Joe Flacco, how­ever, the ceil­ing ap­pears to be 48.

Flacco threw 56 passes last Sun­day in the Bal­ti­more Ravens’ 12-9 over­time loss to Cleve­land. Flacco put the ball in the air 55 times last month dur­ing a de­feat at Cincin­nati, al­though many of those passes came af­ter the Ravens fell into a 28-7 hole.

Over the course of his 11-year ca­reer, Flacco is 3-15 when fling­ing at least 49 passes. The last time he won a game in that fash­ion was in 2013.

The Ravens (3-2) ob­vi­ously didn’t take those num­bers into ac­count in Cleve­land, when they threw 57 times com­pared to 25 runs in a tight game. Bal­ti­more punted eight times, failed to score a touch­down had its run of 12 straight TDs in the end zone snapped by an in­ter­cep­tion near the goal line in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“Hey lis­ten, you come up with a game plan through­out the course of the week and you just go out there and do it,” Flacco said Wed­nes­day. “The op­ti­mum pass and run at­tempts are re­ally what­ever the (heck) gets you the win.”

Flacco never threw 50 passes in a game over the first three years of his ca­reer. The Ravens reached the play­offs in each of those sea­sons be­hind a stout de­fense and an ef­fi­cient run­ning game.

Th­ese days, how­ever, pass­ing seems to be the way to go.

“Around the league, es­pe­cially this year for what­ever rea­son, when you look at the stats a lot of quar­ter­backs tend to have a ton of passes,” Flacco said. “In this day and age, 40 pass at­tempts is just nor­mal. Those days when you’re throw­ing the ball 25 to 30 times, they’re lovely


Ravens quar­ter­back Joe Flacco throws dur­ing the first half against the Browns on Sun­day in Cleve­land.

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