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Monday, December 16, 2013
Dome sweet dome for Joe Flacco

By Jamison Hensley

DETROIT -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has had to throw into 40 mile-per-hour gusts and scramble on a snow-covered field this season. So, excuse Flacco for being excited about playing in a climate-controlled Ford Field on "Monday Night Football."

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“I never make a big deal about playing outside, but every time you go into a dome and you start warming up, you realize how awesome it is to be able to throw the ball inside," Flacco said. "It won’t have too much of an effect on the outcome of the game. As a quarterback, you always want great conditions, and a dome obviously presents that, but we’re still going to have to go play fundamental football and take care of business.”

This will be Flacco's first game indoors since winning the Super Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome 10 months ago. Even before hoisting up the Lombardi Trophy, he had an impressive track record in domes.

In seven career games indoors, Flacco has posted a 90.5 passer rating with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. He's had even more success in his past four games in domes, winning three times.

But there's more than the roof on Ford Field that could make Flacco feel comfortable. The Lions likely will be without two of their top three cornerbacks on Monday night. Both Chris Houston, one of Detroit's starters, and Darius Slay, the Lions' top reserve, are officially listed as doubtful.

Over the past four games, quarterbacks have thrown seven touchdowns and two interceptions against the Lions, producing a 101.3 passer rating.