Originally posted on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 8/24/12
Joe Flacco has improved to a new level of excellence. Maybe working with Peyton Manning's old QB coach Jim Caldwell has something to do with it. Mostly it's just Joe Flacco maturing to the next stage of his learning curve in the NFL...Certainly the absence of hold-out Maurice Jones-Drew (50% of Jacksonville's offense last season) had a LOT to do with it...But the Ravens pounded the Jaguars in a game where the starters on both sides played well into the 3rd quarter.Joe Flacco completed 27 of 36 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns before leaving early in the third quarter, and the Baltimore Ravens cruised to a 48-17 preseason victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night. Flacco connected with nine receivers, most notably second-year wideout Torrey Smith, who finished with eight catches for 103 yards. Anquan Boldin caught a 5-yard TD pass and Vonta Leach scored on an 8-yard reception. Baltimore finished with 571 yards total offense and had five drives of at least 80 yards.
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