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Joe Flacco returns tonight to Pittsburgh, the place he started his college career.

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OC John

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Sep 29, 2008
 
I think we make too big of a thing out of a football game. One team will win and one wont. If the Ravens win, great. And if Joe does well that is also great. I don't think he will panic, because it's up to his supporting cast to lend a hand and take advantage of what the Stellers give him or he takes from them. At least he is in the pros.
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Sep 29, 2008
 
I agree with OC John. It's all very exciting with Harbaugh, his staff, and Flacco bringing such expectations. We may win we may lose, but I expect us to play a very tough, and very sound football game. Go Ravens! Ravens 26 - Sreelers 16.
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Sep 29, 2008
 
I agree with OC John to some extent. It is just one game and it alone wont define this team or Joe. It will be a measuring stick of where we are as a team and how Joe responds on the road.

I hope that, if Joe takes his lumps tonight, people dont jump off the bandwagon. Lets get behind this guy and support him through thick and thin.

Lets go Flacco !!!!


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Sep 29, 2008
 
There is always going to be extra press and hype for a Monday night game, no matter who plays. Remember, MNF has been around forever and the focus is only on 2 teams. I can't wait. Hopefully the Ravens take advantage of their only MNF appearance this year.

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Sep 29, 2008
 
Tonight could be ugly for Flacco. Hopefully the Ravens get a lead so they can grind it out, b/c if Flacco has to throw the ball a lot it could mean at least a fumble and INT.
Mike B

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Sep 29, 2008
 
you have a shoret memory, Big Ben had his first taste against the Ravens and git his a__ handed to him, get it right if you are going to write about it!
Sammy

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Sep 29, 2008
 
Flacco beat Navy 59- 52 in front of 35,213 in attendance.
MIke

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Sep 29, 2008
 
Mike B wrote:
you have a shoret memory, Big Ben had his first taste against the Ravens and git his a__ handed to him, get it right if you are going to write about it!
...i think he was referring to Ben's first start on the road. Remember, Big Ben didn't start the ravens game, he came in to replace an injured Maddux.
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Sep 29, 2008
 
Flacco's in the company of John Elway and Ryan Leaf, huh? Talk about polar opposites! I never thought I'd say this, but I really hope he ends up being more like Elway!
Biff

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Sep 29, 2008
 
MIke wrote:
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...i think he was referring to Ben's first start on the road. Remember, Big Ben didn't start the ravens game, he came in to replace an injured Maddux.
Very astute of you, I was just getting ready to say that. His first start was on the road in Miami, during Hurricane Jeanne. In the game where he came in for Maddox against the Ravens, he actually played better than Maddox (the game was in hand though, so maybe it was a prevent defense), the Ravens were 'taking it' to my boys, Ben actually played better, in an otherwise route by B-more.
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Sep 29, 2008
 
Pitts has a better run defense than either of the Ravens first two opp. So, the coaching staff better already be game planning to have to pass more. Strangely the rookie Qb, Flacco is not the limiting factor in the passing game, its the wrs and tes. Other than Mason none of the other wrs have shown any consistancy or big play ability for that matter. Heap seems to still be injured or a shell of the Pro Bowl player he used to be. The Ravens have one glaring weakness and that is Big play Wrs and until they solve that problem, Harbuagh's formula for winning is the same as Billick's, run the ball, play defense and hope the defense gets turn overs and scores.
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Sep 29, 2008
 
When asked if he would be affected y the noise of his first road game, against well-supported division rival Pittsburgh no less, Flacco said he thought he would be just fine and had plenty of experience playing in noisy road games, citing the dome at Northern Illinois as a prime example.

Comparing a Steelers road game to a road game against Northern Illinois? Either Flacco is ridiculously naive, or he is improbably that calm, cool and collected.
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Sep 29, 2008
 
Prediction...we ruin Joe Flacco tonight. We throw him to the dogs as a rookie and destroy his confidence. He takes hit after hit and turns the ball over at least 3 times.
_READ_

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Sep 29, 2008
 
Flacco's biggest obstacle tonight will be reading blitzes at the line of scrimmage. If he does that and hits the hot receiver, he'll do fine tonight because the running game will be in full effect!
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Sep 29, 2008
 
_READ_ wrote:
Flacco's biggest obstacle tonight will be reading blitzes at the line of scrimmage. If he does that and hits the hot receiver, he'll do fine tonight because the running game will be in full effect!
So what you're saying is if Flacco plays well...he'll play well. Thanks for the indepth analysis. Pretty sure Troy P. comes away with at least one pick in this game.
Richard H

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Sep 29, 2008
 
Alright Joe here comes primetime. Nice reads, clean hand-offs, no picks. Keep the Flacco composure and lets rock and roll.

Lets go Flacco!!

Go Ravens!!
Richard H

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Sep 29, 2008
 
FireTrembley wrote:
Prediction...we ruin Joe Flacco tonight. We throw him to the dogs as a rookie and destroy his confidence. He takes hit after hit and turns the ball over at least 3 times.
I believe that is going to be Ben my shoulder is tender loin Rothesburger.

He better hope his front line is strong. Or he might be holding his right arm while walking off the field. You know the Ravens are going to be puttin some HOT SAUCE on it.

P.S. thanks for finally exposing that you are a squeelers fan on this post.
FireTrembley

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Sep 29, 2008
 
Richard H wrote:
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I believe that is going to be Ben my shoulder is tender loin Rothesburger.
He better hope his front line is strong. Or he might be holding his right arm while walking off the field. You know the Ravens are going to be puttin some HOT SAUCE on it.
P.S. thanks for finally exposing that you are a squeelers fan on this post.
Not a Steelers fan. I live in Federal Hill and grew up in Baltimore. I'm just realistic.

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Sep 29, 2008
 
Harry wrote:
Pitts has a better run defense than either of the Ravens first two opp. So, the coaching staff better already be game planning to have to pass more. Strangely the rookie Qb, Flacco is not the limiting factor in the passing game, its the wrs and tes. Other than Mason none of the other wrs have shown any consistancy or big play ability for that matter. Heap seems to still be injured or a shell of the Pro Bowl player he used to be. The Ravens have one glaring weakness and that is Big play Wrs and until they solve that problem, Harbuagh's formula for winning is the same as Billick's, run the ball, play defense and hope the defense gets turn overs and scores.
Without Colston, the Saints don't have any big play WRs but their offense operates just fine.

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Sep 29, 2008
 
FireTrembley wrote:
Prediction...we ruin Joe Flacco tonight. We throw him to the dogs as a rookie and destroy his confidence. He takes hit after hit and turns the ball over at least 3 times.
Flacco wasn't thrown in there, he is the starter by default at this point. I'm not happy about a rookie starting either but it isn't like the Ravens had a choice.

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