Joe Flacco QB BAL 2 Months

Flacco completed 22-of-31 passes for 327 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Panthers.

Flacco played pretty well for most of the afternoon but also had a lucky day. His 61-yard touchdown to Steve Smith was the result of a slightly overthrown pass that deflected off the hands of TE Owen Daniels. Flacco was also bailed out by his receivers on a few occasions, and reigning DPOY Luke Kuechly dropped an easy interception on a terrible throw. Though he didn't play as well in Sunday's game as the stats suggest, Flacco is still on pace for the best season of his career, with 1,055 passing yards, a 63.4 completion percentage and 7:2 TD:INT through four games. His accuracy has been better than it was last season, which likely has something to do with the Ravens' massively improved offensive line. Flacco also has a better receiving corps, despite losing Dennis Pitta to a hip injury for the second year in a row.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 2 Months

Flacco's teammate, starting left tackle Eugene Monroe, will miss multiple weeks after undergoing a minor surgical procedure on his knee, The Ravens' official website reports.

The Baltimore offensive line has thus far been massively improved from last season, looking like a top-10 unit just one year after making a case to be considered the worst group in the league. Some regression can now be expected, as Flacco not only loses his blindside protector, but also swaps out a Pro Bowl-caliber player for undrafted rookie James Hurst. To be fair, Hurst was a four-year starter at North Carolina, and likely would have been drafted if not for the broken leg he suffered as a senior. Still, Flacco has repeatedly shown that he's only as good as the offensive line in front of him, and it looks like a downgrade is coming. On the bright side, Monroe is expected to return this season, and the Baltimore offensive line still looks better than last year's. Also, Flacco gets a string of friendly matchups after Sunday's tough one against the Panthers.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 2 Months

Flacco completed 19-of-31 passes for 217 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Browns. He added six yards on four carries.

The Ravens relied on their running game for much of the contest, but then rode Flacco's arm in the fourth quarter. Flacco played well for a second straight week, notably dropping a pass right into Steve Smith's arms for a 32-yard gain that set up the game-winning field goal. The lone interception occurred when Flacco was crushed while throwing downfield, with the impact causing the ball to pop up in the air for an easy pick. Flacco's line and receivers mostly played well, but Jacoby Jones dropped what would have been a long gain on a near-perfect throw. Though headed for a bounce-back season behind a much-improved offensive line, Flacco still doesn't figure to have many big fantasy games.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 2 Months

Flacco (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Browns.

Flacco missed practice Wednesday due to a cold, but he was a full participant Thursday and Friday. With Bernard Pierce out with a thigh injury, the Ravens could rely more on Flacco's arm to move the ball against a solid Browns secondary.

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Flacco (illness) is probable for Sunday's game against the Browns, the Ravens' official website reports.

After missing Thursday's practice, Flacco was a full participant both Thursday and Friday. He merely had a cold, and should be back at full strength for Sunday's game.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 2 Months

Flacco (illness) returned to practice Thursday, ESPN.com reports.

Flacco missed practice Wednesday while dealing with a cold, but his return to the field Thursday confirms that he is on track to be good to go Sunday against the Browns.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 2 Months

Flacco is dealing with a cold that caused him to miss practice Wednesday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

While Flacco sat out Wednesday's practice, the report notes that Flacco's cold isn't thought to be serious, so his status for Sunday's game against the Browns does not appear to be in peril.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 3 Months

Flacco completed 21-of-29 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 26-6 win over the Steelers.

Flacco played far better than the passing yardage indicates, as he primarily attempted short passes, and was accurate on nearly every one of them, making a complete 180 from Week 1. He also only threw the ball 29 times, after going 35-of-62 for 345 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bengals. It seems that Flacco will still be a frustrating player for fantasy owners, as he typically lacks for volume when he plays well. However, the overall results in Gary Kubiak's offense have been solid, and the Ravens have been favoring the quarterback sneak in short-yardage situations, which should eventually lead to a few rushing touchdowns. Flacco actually had one called back Thursday night due to an offsides penalty, after he had come up just short on another sneak the previous play.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 3 Months

Flacco completed 35-of-62 passes for 345 yards, with a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Bengals.

The Ravens fell behind early and threw often, largely because of Flacco's awful play in the first half. He consistently misfired on short and intermediate passes early in the game, and then made a bone-headed mistake before the half that cost the Ravens a chip-shot field goal. Flacco's struggles continued through the middle of the third quarter, when he threw an ugly interception to Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur. Finally, Flacco got things going late in the game, turning a 15-0 deficit into a 16-15 lead, with the go-ahead strike an 80-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith. Though the overall performance was one of the worst of his career from a non-fantasy perspective, Flacco was accurate on the few deep throws he attempted, and he didn't get much help from his receiving corps. The Baltimore offensive line, a major problem last season, played reasonably well until the final drive of the game. Flacco won't have to wait long for a shot at redemption, as the Ravens face the Steelers on Thursday.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 3 Months

Flacco completed 16-of-23 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.

The Baltimore offensive line and running game struggled, but Flacco eventually found success by throwing to Torrey and Steve Smith. Even with Ray Rice suspended for two games, and Bernard Pierce possibly dealing with a concussion, Flacco has a much improved supporting cast from last season. While Owen Daniels (leg) has been a disappointment in training camp, Steve Smith has been better than expected, and Dennis Pitta is back at full health. Just as important as the additions at the skill positions, the Ravens overhauled an offensive line that was perhaps the NFL's worst last season. While all the pieces are in place for Flacco to have a bounce-back campaign, it's hard for fantasy owners to get too excited about a veteran quarterback who has never thrown for 4,000 yards or more than 25 touchdowns in a season. Even if he surpasses expectations, Flacco will likely be no more than a high-end backup in most leagues, given the excellent depth at quarterback.