The Ravens Offense Is...Good?

Justin HulseyCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2009

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens plays against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 20, 2009 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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On the count of three name the first thing that comes to your mind when I say Baltimore Ravens. 1…2…3!

Defense, right?

It goes back to the Brian Billick/Marvin Lewis years. When the Ravens had one of the best defenses in NFL history. In 2000, the phenomenal defensive cast took the team all the way to the promiseland. Now, the Ravens are taking a different route to what may be their second Lombardi Trophy.

Former Player of the Years Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, former rookie of the years Peter Boulware and Terrell Suggs, Rod Woodson, and Sam Adams have established this label the Ravens have had ever since that 2000 season. Now, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Willis McGahee, and Derrick Mason are putting a new spin on things.

In the first three games, Baltimore has scored 103 points. That is an average of 35 points per game – the highest average in the AFC and second only to New Orleans in the NFL.

What used to be a ground-and-pound/win-with-defense team has turned into an air-it-out/attack-with-points team. And it all starts with Joe Flacco.

This kid is something. Remember when Raven fans were freaking out at the beginning of last season because they all “knew” Flacco was a “bust”? Troy Smith of all people actually started over Flacco in a few games. Fret no longer.

Flacco had a fine rookie campaign last season (2900 yards, 14 touchdowns, 12 interceptions), but it is all coming together this season.

The former DELAWARE BLUE HEN has tourched defenses so far in 2009. He has totaled 839 yards, 6 touchdowns, and only two interceptions. Those of you math whizes know that he’s on pace to come out with around 4500 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Which makes him a run of the mill fantasy stud.

Joe Flacco, all 6′6″ 240 lbs of him, is averaging 280 yards per game and has a 102 QB rating. Consider this: He has six touchdowns. Flacco did not reach that mark until week 9 of his rookie season.

AMAZINGLY, Flacco is only picked up in 80% of Yahoo! leagues. Honestly, it’s a crime if he’s not on a team by now. I mean, really… What does he have to do?

There are only four quarterbacks having better fantasy seasons. Guys such as Rivers, Romo, Brady, Warner, Roethlisberger are ALL chasing Flacco right now.

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