Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/25/12

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Three weeks of the 2012 NFL season is in the books and it has certainly had its shares of ups (Arizona Cardinals 3-0…what??) and downs (NFL replacement refs, nuff said) and the Baltimore Ravens are no different. Here are my takeaways three weeks into the season for the Ravens.


The good:

  • Joe Flacco appears to be out to prove something this year and the Ravens are greatly benefiting from it. Flacco has thrown for a league second best 913 yards (only trails Eli Manning) with six touchdowns, two interceptions and has compiled a 101.1 quarteback rating. Oh by the way, the longer this season goes on, the more expensive he becomes as Flacco is a free agent after this season.
  • Ray Rice has always been a good double threat running back, but this season he has turned it into high gear as he has rushed for 268 yards with three scores and has 127 receiving yards which comes to a total yards per game average of 131.67 YPG
  • Justin Tucker has proven coach Harbaugh and the Ravens correct in selecting him over incumbent kicker Billy Cundiff as Tucker is a perfect 7-7 this season, which include last week's game winner against the New England Patriots and a franchise record tying 56-yard field goal in week two.

The Bad:

  • Baltimore's offense ranks in the bottom half of the league in 3rd down conversion percentage (35.5%)
  • Punt returns have not been as strong as anticipated with the signing of Jacoby Jones in the offseason as the Ravens rank in the bottom half of the league in average punt return yards (10.1 yds/ret)

The Ugly:

  • The Ravens defense ranks 27th in the NFL in total defense allowing 289.7 passing yards per game and 111.7 rushing yards per game.

Bottom line through three weeks is that the Ravens are tied for first in the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals with a 2-1 record and we just came off our first regular season victory over the New England Patriots in the Joe Flacco era. Baltimore's defense is too good and experienced to finish the season ranked 27th and if the offense continues on its' pace we may be taking a flight to New Orleans in February to hoist the Lombardi trophy!


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