Flacco's passes central to streaking Ravens


Joe Flacco was born in New Jersey and went to college in Delaware, but he seems to have found a nice home in Baltimore.

With Thursday’s 23-16 win over the Cleveland Browns, Flacco is now 30-5 in his career at home. Since his rookie season in 2008, no other quarterback has more wins at home.

The Baltimore Ravens extended a few notable streaks after this victory. They have now won 13 straight home games, the longest active streak in the NFL, and are an NFL-best 18-1 at home since the start of 2010.

Longest Divisional Win Streaks
Since Divisional Realignment in 2002

This is the Ravens’ 10th straight win against a divisional opponent, tied for the second-longest such streak since divisional realignment in 2002.

They have also won nine games in a row against the Browns since the start of the 2008 season. Baltimore is now 20-7 all-time against Cleveland, its most wins vs any opponent in franchise history.

Flacco improved his career record against Cleveland to 9–0. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other quarterbacks since 1970 were undefeated in at least nine starts versus a team: John Elway (10–0 vs. Patriots) and Daunte Culpepper (9–0 vs. Lions).

Flacco owns the middle

Before this season, Joe Flacco had passed for over 350 yards just twice in 64 career games. He’s now matched that total in the first four weeks of 2012, passing for 356 yards Thursday, after going for 382 yards in Week 3 against the New England Patriots. His four career games with 350 passing yards are the most in Ravens history, breaking a tie with Vinny Testaverde.

Flacco is the only quarterback this season with multiple games of at least 350 passing yards. He has thrown for an NFL-high 1,269 yards this year, which puts him on pace for 5,076 yards for the season.

Joe Flacco Passing by Direction
Thursday vs Browns

Flacco picked apart the Browns secondary on passes inside the numbers. He completed 15-of-16 attempts for 156 yards with one touchdown on those passes to the center of the field.

The 94 percent completion rate on such throws is a career-best for Flacco. He entered the game completing only 70.8 percent of throws inside the numbers, ranked 13th out of 32 qualified quarterbacks this season.

Stat of Game

How important was this win for the Ravens, who now stand 3-1? Since 1990, almost 65 percent of teams starting 3-1 have made the playoffs. Only 35 percent of the teams that start 2-2 have reached the postseason in that same span.