Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 6/30/14
Think about the last time Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco lit it up in a prime-time game. Still thinking?  So am I. Despite having a modest record of 7-5 in Sunday or Monday night games, Flacco has never thrown for more than 289 yards.  That performance dates back to November 29, 2009, when the Ravens edged the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-17 in overtime. While the dominant Ravens defense doesn’t always require stellar quarterback play from Flacco, it would certainly be nice to see.  This Monday night, Flacco and the Ravens will visit Jacksonville to face the 1-5 Jaguars.  Although Jacksonville boasts the eighth-best passing defense in the NFL, those numbers are often favorable to a team with a losing record because opposing teams consistently run the ball after taking a comfortable lead. That being said, Flacco will need to take control of the offense early and often. The versatility of Baltimore running back Ray Rice will be key for Flacco.  Rice is a favorable target coming out of the backfield, as he is often a match-up nightmare for opposing linebackers.  In addition to Rice, both the speed of wide receiver Torrey Smith and the strength of fellow receiver Anquan Boldin will be tough [...]
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